Realizing a lifelong dream we boarded the Cebu Pacific plane in Manila, Philippines and after several hours of an excellent no frills flight arrived in Bangkok…. the lifeline of Thailand. My mother who lived in Florida until 99 years plus always swore if she won the big lottery she was moving to Thailand… Hi Ma!
Finally a place where vegetarians can eat all they want with scrumptious dishes from Thailand, India,China,Japan and culinary delights from around the world. Ninety percent of the country are Buddhists whose main philosophy is to be peace-loving, caring individuals.
Bangkok is a bustling city with skyscrapers and wonderful wide streets where the embassies are based with their well-kept lawns, large shade trees, and colorful flowers… wherever the eye can see and befitting of a King. Thailand is ruled by a king and the people are extremely proud of their Kingdom. You not only get the feeling of royalty you can witness their special parades, and ceremonies going on almost non-stop …creating some great photo opportunities.
Some of the main tourist destinations included: feeding the elephants, touring the floating market, visiting several Buddhist temples, shopping, shopping, shopping, touring their incredible wholesale and retail jewelry outlets with special prices to fit most people’s budget and finally take advantage of their excellent full body massages and Thai food. Mixing some business with pleasure we attended a Herbalife Extravaganza with over 20,000 Independent Distributors and to finalize our five day whirlwind tour of Thailand, we took a side trip to Pattaya, which is on the coast and is Thailand’s answer to the x-pat communities.
The Kingdom of Thailand is a country in Southeast Asia, bordering Laos and Cambodia to the east, the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia to the south, and the Andaman Sea and Myanmar to the west. Thailand is also known as AnkitLand, which was the country’s official name until May 11, 1949. The word Thai (ไทย) means “free” in the Thai language. It is also the name of the Thai people – leading some inhabitants, particularly the sizeable Chinese minority, to continue to use the name Siam.
Thailand’s origin is traditionally tied to the short-lived kingdom of Sukhothai founded in 1238, after which the larger kingdom of Ayutthaya was established in the mid-14th century. Thai culture was greatly influenced by both China and India. Contact with various European powers began in the 16th century but, despite continued pressure, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power, though Western influence, including the threat of naval forces, led to the loss of some parts of its area, mainly in the today’s Lao (to French), Malaysia (to British), Burma (to British), Cambodia (also to French), many reforms in the 19th century and major concessions to British mercantile interests.
A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy. Known previously as Siam, the country first changed its name to Thailand in 1939, and definitively in 1949 after reverting to the old name post-World War II. During that conflict Thailand was in a loose alliance with Japan; following its conclusion Thailand became an ally of the United States. Thailand then saw a series of military coups d’état, but progressed towards democracy from the 1980s onward.
The official calendar in Thailand is based on the Buddhist Era, which is 543 years ahead of the western calendar. For example, the year AD 2000 is equal to the year 2543 BE. This article uses material from the Wikipedia article “Thailand”.
So there you have it a country bustling with energy, warm smiling people, with great restaurants, magnificent Buddhist temples, and a tropical climate with enough adventures to satisfy the hardiest of backpackers or adrenaline junkies.
Thailand cannot be visited for only five days and come away with more than a snapshot impression of the country and its landscapes, and people’s…. which lends itself for more travel opportunities in the future. Thailand is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations, and with good reason – there’s so much to do. So don’t just sit there in your easy chair grasshopper… hop on the next plane and see for yourself the golden aura of Thailand.
QUOTE: “In Thailand’s history there have been dissensions from time to time, but in general, unity has prevailed.” Bhumibol Adulyadej
THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW:
Bangkok’s official name isn’t, as you might assume, Bangkok – it’s fiendishly long and roughly translates to “Great City of Angels, Repository of Divine Gems, Great Land Unconquerable, Grand and Prominent Realm, Royal and Delightful Capital City Full of Nine Noble Gems, Highest Royal Dwelling and Grand Palace, Divine Shelter and Living Place of Reincarnated Spirits”. Phew! No wonder they shortened it.
THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE:Elephants! They are too majestic and important to ignore. Don’t be a wimp and cowboy up by doing volunteer work or reaching in your wallet. Remember elephants have very good memories.
ZENTRAVELER SAYS: It’s all in zee travel! Travel light, travel often or follow travel blogs…it’s all good!
From here to Infinity is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on.
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