Thailand

1. Khon Dance Mask

Bhutesavara 3Khom is a dance drama genre from Thailand. It is traditionally performed solely in the royal court by men in masks accompanied by narrators, singers along with traditional orchestra. The orchestra mainly consists of xylophone type instrument, gongs and drums. Mask forms the integral part of the Khom dance drama and they pay a leading role in identifying the characters in the traditional Thai dance drama. The Khom mask making continues today in the same process as it was done centuries ago. The mask are made out of a special paper known as koi. Read more…

2. Pig Memorial, Pi Kun Bridge and Old City Moat, Bangkok:

Pig Memorial 1Bangkok’s most unusual memorial is the Pig Memorial. The memorial consists of an oversized metal cast pig was built in 1913 to commemorate the 50th birthday of Queen Phatcharinthra, wife of King Rama V. It may seem a strange idea but the Queen, along with the three sponsors of the memorial were born on the Year of Pig. The three sponsors were Prince Narissara Nuwattiwong, Phraya Phipat Kosa (Celestino Xavier) and Phraya Ratcha Songkhram (Kon Hongsakun). Prince Narissara Nuwattiwong, who was known for his artistic talent, was also the designer of the memorial. The main pig statue is protected by a canopy and sits high up on a stone plinth at the base of which there are also some smaller pig statues. Read more…

3. Khlong Saen Saep Express Boat, Bangkok:

Saen Saep Express Boat 1Just watch your step when boarding and disembarking as they don’t stop at the pier for long. Pay the fare to the fearless helmet-wearing ticket collectors who clamber around on the outside of the boat, ducking at bridges, as it barrels down the canal. This is Khalong Saen Saep Express Boat service. Mostly used by locals to commute to work, the service is cheap and you get to see the “backside” of the neighbourhoods, so to speak. Also, It is immune to Bangkok’s notorious traffic jams. Only 18 km of the 72 km long Khlong Saen Saep (Khlong means canal in Thai) has a public ferry service. Read more…

4. Amphawa Floating Market, Samut Songkhram:

Amphawa Floating Market 10No visit to Thailand is complete without a visit to the floating markets. Thailand is literally dotted with floating markets. Sadly many of the floating markets around Bangkok have been commercialized badly. They have  become too touristic and have lost most of their local flavour. For those wanting a real deal and experience lesser touristic places Amphawa Floating Market is the great option. The market only operates on weekends (Friday – Sunday). It starts at about 12 noon and goes on till 8 pm, but the actual activities start only after 3 pm. Read more…

5. Wat Saket and Golden Mount, Rattanakosin, Bangkok:

Golden Mount 2The glittering golden chedi (stupa) of the Golden Mount towers above the sky scrapper infested skyline of Bangkok a sight never to be missed for tourist visiting the Thailand capital. The temple of Wat Saket is located on a 80 meter high artificial mound and is crowned with 5.8 meter tall golden chedi. The temple dates back to the period of Ayutthaya Kingdom (1351 – 1767) Wat Sakae. Ever since the temple has been modified several times and presently visited by hundreds of Buddhist devotees and tourists. Read more…

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