Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bangkok, City of Angels - 2013, 2005 revisit

December 2005

It was a year end school holiday when we took our boys for their first overseas vacation in a neighbouring country, Thailand. Our only girl, Syahirah was not in the trip as she was spending her school vacation with her cousins in Kuching, Sarawak. We bought so many presents for her when we got home.

Safari Bangkok

In the first few trip of our family vacation, we chose a well known travel agent to ensure safety and security to the family. After a bad experiences in China the following year (2006), we had agreed to travel on our own enjoying our pace without adding pressure to anyone to catch the group schedule. It's a fact that our kids are all too much pampered and never learn anything about being Independence.

Wat Arun

We met the rest of the Malaysian group in Bangkok when the tour bus picked them up from 1 point to the other. It was a cheerful Johny, our Thai tour guide who made each of the visits becoming very interesting. There's 1 Chinese family, 1 Indian family and 2 Malay family in our group. We were covering both Bangkok and Pattaya. Sadly that all our photos, except few shared in the Facebook were inside the the damaged portable hard disk. What I'm going to share in the next entry to come are the left over photos, merely for a family record.

Bangkok Zoo

May 2013

After my recent trip to Bangkok, it made me realize, hence form an opinion about why the city is being called as "City of Angels". It's the Thai people who made the city being given such a wonderful title, they are humbles, down to earth and rarely you find that they try to take advantage from the foreigner, a tourist like us. They spoken in a very soft and melodic language that made you instantly melt your hearts toward their hospitality. Such a wonderful people. 

For instance, the lady in the above photo was putting a big smile and her husband too was also given such a spontaneous pose to a stranger (me) when I asked her permission to take photo of the fried fish that they were selling. Instead of taking the fish photo, I took theirs. 

The lady in the above photo merely smile while continuing her flower arrangement when I asked her to pose for me. It was a busy day in her shop, I could understand why. Anyway, Bangkok's local name if Krung Thep  which carry a meaning, City of Angels shortened version of the official Thai name of "Krung Thep Maha Nakhon". Bangkok full ceremonial name, claim to being the longest place name in the world is "Krung Thep Maha Nakorn Arun Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayutthaya Mahidol Pop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchawiwet Makhasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit".

Bangkok ceremonial name is a mixture of the ancient Pali and Sanskrit languages which has different translations in the meaning and the writing of the name in English. A general translation of the name is "The great city of angels, it’s where the immortal divinity dwells, the invincible city, the royal capital endowed with nine precious jewels and full of joy, it is abundant with enormous royal palaces, it’s where the reincarnated angels reside, at the order of Indra, Vishvakarma majestically built the capital".

To be continued...

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