Sawadee, Thailand! Our cross-boarder trip continues here at Bangkok. [I’m watching Thai movies while typing this]
*side story* We already booked plane tickets and our Siem Reap accommodation without knowing that our Thailand trip will fall on the Songkran festival (the first thing that came to my mind is the Songkran restaurant in our country). We only knew about this when the hosts of Airbnb mentioned it – and some of them couldn’t accommodate us because they will be on a vacation too. Based on our research, Songkran is a traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April; festive occasion is in keeping with the Buddhist/Hindu solar calendar. (okay, that’s actually good). The hottest month of the year, April sees the entire country go bananas in friendly water fights and street parties that last nearly a week. During Songkran, most office buildings, banks as well as family-run shops and restaurants shut down completely, while big shopping malls usually remain open. Bangkok experiences a mass exodus, as at least half of its residents travel back to their home towns for family re-unions. In their place are tourists, who fly into Bangkok particularly to enjoy one of the most colourful and festive times of the year. *clears throat*
Okay, so the festival in Bangkok area will last for 3 days with water splashing on every street and the center of it will be at Khao San Road – similar to San Juan’s festival here in the Philippines. This is kinda bad for our first time trip to Bangkok, a lot of places are not accessible during the festival. But, instead of re-scheduling our trip, we still pursued it – just enjoy their tradition and go to the accessible places! (I mean, we could come back here to explore the unseen areas).
*back to the main story*
We had a 7-hour long bus ride from Siem Reap and spent an hour for the exit and entry immigration process at the Poipet to Aranyaprathet border. We had read scary stories about the border – lots of scammers, long process, etc. However, we didn’t encountered any of these problems during our trip. Our bus service dropped us off at the Poipet boarder and asked us to wear IDs with the logo and address of the bus company. We followed the tourists to the Cambodian immigration office (located at the right side of the Poipet border).
inside the Thai immigration
Afterwards we walked about 10 minutes to the Thai immigration office. The heat was really terrible, plus, carrying our baggage made us feel extra tired. The stamping process is located at the second floor and it is air-conditioned. We filled out the Thai forms and got our picture & thumbmark captured. Take note that there are no processing fees. For those nationalities who are required to have a Visa pass, you may check this link. Then, we proceeded to the exit right after we got our Philippine passport stamped. The marshals were very strict and you are required to walk quickly. Our bus service ensured that all passengers were already inside the bus and we continued our 4 hour journey to Bangkok. Our lunch was picked-up at a bus stop at Thailand.
a very tasty fried rice with Que-Kiam
[time check: 5:00pm] We finally arrived at Mo Chit 2 bus station and took a city bus going to the nearest BTS station, it was kinda hard riding buses because the driver and fare collector doesn’t speak English.
They said Bangkok’s traffic is bad. But hey, traffic in Manila is worse! (sad truth)
The BTS ticketing booths and kiosks are different from our country and from Singapore. Passengers purchase tickets from machines which only accept coins. Our condo unit rental which we booked at Airbnb is located at Charoen Krung,
Sathron. It wasn’t that hard to find but it takes about 10 minutes to get there from Saphan Taksin BTS station (by means of walking).
View of Charoen Krung from our kitchen
We made it in time, 6pm check-in as per our note in the booking. We were welcomed by Pinom, the father of the Airbnb space owner/host. The room was big, a new condo unit with a living room, a bedroom w/ king sized bed, a nice restroom with shower and heater and a cooking area near the balcony. It costs 7,900php for our 4-night stay. Pinom was very accommodating and helpful and even taught us on how to use the washing machine & dryer in the condo’s common area. Also, he toured us in the pool area and at the stores in the lobby. He provided us a blackberry phone so that we could call him in case that we needed help.
After freshening up, Pinom brought us to a hot-pot canteen. He took us using his motor scooter, it was quite far from the condominium. He was the one who cooked and mixed the ingredients while telling us a story. His daughter (who owns the unit) is residing at Canada with her family. Pinom even showed us some pictures and taught us some Thai words. We were supposed to go to Patpong (red light district) just to see what the fuzz is all about, but Pinom advised that it is not safe to go there during the eve of Songkran and given that we have no male friend with us.
Heng Heng Hot Pot (280 Baht)
This is good for 4 people. But, only me and my friend ate all of these as Pinom is on a diet. It is a mix of pork and seafood meat, vegetables and glass noodles.
After eating, he suggested that we go to Asiatique, a Riverfront large open-air mall facing Chao Phraya River and Charoen Krung Road.
Asiatique is a combination of a night bazaar and mall, similar to Tiendesitas and Eastwood. Also, the Calypso ladyboy cabaret theater is located here.
There are plenty of restaurants, souvenir shops and boutiques here. However, the items sold are quite expensive.
Asiatique is open from 5pm until 12 midnight. The ferris wheel is very stunning during nighttime.
There are lots of food stalls in the lake-side area, like a banchetto or weekend market style. Also, the motif is a Western barnyard, the seats are made of haystack.
It is not advisable to go here via tuktuk or taxi, as the road has a very heavy traffic. Walking is an option, but it will take you around 30-40 minutes.
The best way to go here is via boat from Saphan Taksin station. There are free boat services and will only take you about 10 minutes.
Our day started early as we need to make it to the schedule of the boat going to the Grand Place and to avoid getting wet by the Songkran festival. We just bought a sandwich at 7-11 for our breakfast – and gave the half of it to a stray dog because it was chasing us.
The Chaophraya Express Boat’s fare is cheaper & faster compared to taking the train and bus. We rode a boat from Sathorn pier and disembarked at Tha Chang. The passage is through a market and it is just a 5-minute walk to the Grand Place.
We arrived at the entrance gate at around 8:00am and were permitted to enter the outer courtyard at 8:15am
The Outer Court, near the entrance, used to house government departments in which the King was directly involved, such as civil administration, the army and the treasury.
Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha as seen from the Outer Court
If there is one must-see sight that no visit to Bangkok would be complete without, it’s the dazzling, spectacular Grand Palace, undoubtedly the city’s most famous landmark. Built in 1782 – and for 150 years the home of the Thai King, the Royal court and the administrative seat of government – the Grand Palace of Bangkok is a grand old dame indeed, that continues to have visitors in awe with its beautiful architecture and intricate detail, all of which is a proud salute to the creativity and craftsmanship of Thai people. Within its walls were also the Thai war ministry, state departments, and even the mint. Today, the complex remains the spiritual heart of the Thai Kingdom.
A strict dress code applies. The Grand Palace with The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, no bare feet.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entrance that can provide clothes to cover you up properly (a deposit is required).
Entrance to Wat Pra Keaw
A fee of 500baht is required to enter Wat Pra Keaw – includes entry to Vimanmek Palace and Abhisek Dusit Throne Hall. It is open from 8:30am to 3:30pm.
Unlike other temples, it does not contain living quarters for monks; rather, it has only elaborately decorated holy buildings, statues, and pagodas. The main building is the central ‘ubosot’ (ordination hall), which houses the Emerald Buddha. Even though it is small in size, it is the most important icon for Thai people.
Intricate details and lavish materials on each corner of the palace
The heat was unbearable during noontime. The crowd, the heat waves produced by the metals of the temples were really torturing. Wearing long sleeves could help you from not getting sunburn, but it will make you feel very hot. We already drank all the water that we brought, luckily, there are water tanks which dispenses cold water in some areas of the palace. Take note that there are no vendors inside so you must bring a bottle of water – stay hydrated!
Royal Reception Halls
Nowadays its impressive interior is used for important ceremonial occasions like coronations. It also contains the antique throne, used before the Western style one presently in use. Visitors are allowed inside the spacious European style reception room or Grand Palace Hall (Chakri Maha Prasat). Then there’s the impressive Dusit Hall, rated as perhaps the finest architectural building in this style, and a museum that has information on the restoration of the Grand Palace, scale models and numerous Buddha images.
We finished exploring the Grand Palace at around 1pm. While our eyes were filled with beautiful scenery, our tummies were already empty.
coconut ice cream with nuts (10 baht)
What’s the best way to feed your hunger but on a budget? Thai street food! A stick costs 10baht. Okay, so I had 4 sticks and 2 cans of soda. It was very “aloy” [Thai word for delicious]
Tip: Do some research when touring around Bangkok as this will save not only time, but money. You may be approached by a polite, well dressed man (or woman), even in some kind of uniform (like wearing a black shirt with tourist police mark), advising you that the palace is closed for some special occasion or palace entry will be free after hours, and offering to take you to another temple, or on a cheap tuktuk tour- Do NOT believe them as they are out to scam you. Also, you will appreciate Bangkok while commuting. You get to see the “gems” and their diverse culture.
Wat Pho is just behind the Grand Palace, we didn’t take a tuktuk as it was very traffic and it was quite near. Our only problem is the heat and the people who were spraying water guns as it is the first day of Songkran
Phra Mondob of Wat Pho. Beside its entrances are statues of Yak Wat Pho.
You’ll need to take your shoes off to enter and as this is a revered image, all visitors must wear appropriate clothing; this means no exposed shoulders or skin above the knee.
Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha), or Wat Phra Chetuphon is one of the largest temple complexes in the city and famed for its giant reclining Buddha that measures 46 metres long and is covered in gold leaf. This is also a great place to get a traditional Thai massage. Wat Pho is often considered the leading school of massage in Thailand, so you really are in good hands here. Since December 2012, entrance to the temple costs 100 baht and you can visit any time between 08:00am to 5:00pm
The Buddha’s feet are 5 metres long and exquisitely decorated in mother-of-pearl illustrations of auspicious ‘laksanas’ (characteristics) of the Buddha. 108 is a significant number, referring to the 108 positive actions and symbols that helped lead Buddha to perfection.
Offering and prayer area
Afterwards, we followed some tourists to the Tha Tien Pier, near Wat Pho. The boat fare only costs 1.70 baht as it will just cross the west part of the river.
There are plenty of food stalls near Wat Arun. We bought Pad Thai (30 baht) and scrambled egg (with vegetables) and rice (25 baht).
Entry to the temple is 100 baht. It is open daily from 8:30am to 5:30pm
Wat Arun, locally known as Wat Chaeng, is situated on the west (Thonburi) bank of the Chao Phraya River. It is easily one of the most stunning temples in Bangkok, not only because of its riverside location, but also because the design is very different to the other temples you can visit in Bangkok. Wat Arun (or temple of the dawn) is partly made up of colourfully decorated spires and stands majestically over the water.
Different types of Buddhas
the steps are very steep but there is a railing to balance yourself. Getting up is as tricky as getting down! When you reach the highest point you can see the winding Chao Phraya River and the Grand Palace and Wat Pho opposite.
The view from the top.
Along the base of this central tower there are sculptures of Chinese soldiers and animals.
Details of the prang
I am recommending to do all the temple exploration in one day, since they all have similar attire rules and the distances of the sites are very near to each other.
A cold treat before heading to the pier. This ice lolly only costs 5 baht and there are 5 flavors to choose from
Before heading back to our condo unit, we changed our clothes, wrapped our valuables using our ziplocks and plastic bags. Our phone have waterproof, transparent cases so that we could use it to takes photos while outside.
Songkran festival in our area.
Everyone was participating and you are not saved even when riding a vehicle. Actually, it felt good because they splashed us with ice-cold water – just what we needed after the torturing heat at the temples. They also applied white powder in our faces. The owner of the shop near our condo unit lend us a bucket to enjoy the festival. We splashed water to the passers-by – it was so fun!
We reach the condo drenched in water, our faces and clothes were full of white powder. We already know the purpose of Pinom’s tour at the washing area of the building HAHA. After cleaning and resting, we proceeded to Chatuchak.
Since we already know the situation, we wore clothes which dries easily and flip-flops (summer attire on point). The festival is getting hardcore. We rode a tuktuk to the BTS station to avoid getting VERY wet..but… we were still drenched.
We purchased a BTS ticket going to Mo Chit station. However, we arrived there at 6:00 pm. The market was already closed.
For those who will include Chatuchak Weekend market in their itinerary, it is open every Saturday – Sunday from 10:00am – 6:00pm and Friday from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. Chatuchak is home to more than 8,000 market stalls and offers different types of goods – from antiques, clothes, souvenirs, food and handicrafts.
Our original plan was to go to Khao San after Chatuchak. But during the Songkran, traffic is paralyzed in that area as it is the central spot of the festival. We can’t imagine having a food trip in that kind of situation. So, we just went to Siam Center to check-out the malls (and to avoid getting wet).
Siam Paragon includes a wide range of specialty stores and restaurants as well as a multiplex movie theatre (consisted of 15 large size theaters with one of them having the biggest screen and seating capacity in Asia) and the Siam Ocean World (Underwater world) aquarium (the largest aquarium in South East Asia) and an exhibition hall and the Thai Art Gallery and also an opera concert hall. It also has a large bowling alley and karaoke centre. I must say that this an affluent mall as it houses designer brands.
Siam Center (connected to Siam Discovery Center) is the first large shopping center that was built in Bangkok. Here you will also find restaurants and movie theaters at the top floor. It is one of the coolest places for the young and hip to shop, hang out and eat; the three things young urbanites do better than anything else.
We had our dinner at Food Republic. The area is split loosely into two sections; hungry shoppers can choose between a central International area covering Asian and Western favourites and a back wall of traditional Thai dishes. The price is higher than in other food courts and there is a further difference in price between the Thai and International stalls: expect to pay around 150 baht from the Thai section or 200 baht for International. Justifying the higher price, portions are generally larger here than in neighbouring food courts and each stall has been hand-picked from the cream of Bangkok’s stall owners, displaying their particular brand as a mark of quality.
Following the standard food court policy, individual stores won’t accept cash. Instead, you must first exchange cash for credit at a cashier desk found in any of the four corners of the food court. There might be a long queue but the cashiers are so quick-fingered you’ll have your stored value card in no time. Also, you may return the card and encash the remaining balance.
Still having some room in our tummies, we decided to try out this very cute cafe at Siam Center (but it is now transferred to Thong Lor).
We ordered a small bottle of milk, a glass of milkshake and the most chocolate cake of all chocolate cakes! Their serving size is great and price range is from 80 baht – 150 baht for drinks, cakes and pastries. They also serve sandwiches and waffles.
The cake is super rich – moist and a bit sticky. It tastes great but it’s too sweet when you had the kitkat, m&ms and the cake in one bite. The milkshake was a bit bland but it goes well with the sweetness of the chocolate cake.
We stayed there until the mall’s closing time at 10:00pm and went back to the condo unit.
Our day also started early as we need to catch the 7am van (they call it mini-bus or wan) schedule going to Damnoen Saduak Market. The terminal is near BTS Victory Monument Station. First van leaves at around 6 AM, but sometimes you have to wait for another 10-20 minutes as the van wouldn’t leave unless full. Fare is 90 Baht, and travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes. Since there are other van terminals in this area, make sure you ask specifically for the one for Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi Province. [there are also vans here going to Ayutthaya ruins – a mini version of Angkor Wat]
While waiting for the next van, we bought some fried peppered chicken cutlets (25baht) and sticky rice (5baht) from a vendor outside the terminal. And oh boy, everything here tastes good!
We arrived at Damoen Saduak at around 8:30 am. It is the last destination of the van, the other groups proceeded at the motor boat area. However, we had second thoughts as we knew that there should be paddle boats in the area. We tried walking further but all that we can see is the highway. So, we asked the people in the motor boat area, they said that riding their boat is better – it is private and faster for 1000baht (sales talk indeed). Then they started offering us their packages, the river tour plus elephant ride – but it was so expensive. We insisted that we would like to take the paddle boat (because its only 150baht) but they said that the paddle boat port is very far from here, then they offered us a lower price for the motor boat for 800baht. Since it was already 9:00am and it is really getting hot, we haggled the price down to 500baht. The lady agreed but seemed angry.
Damnoen Saduak is actually the name of the canal dug in the reign of King Rama IV. He had the canal dug to connect the Taachin River in Samutsakorn Province and Maeklong River in Samutsongkram Province together.
Nowadays, most people live densely along both sides of the canal from one end of the canal to another. They grow different kinds of fruit and vegetables. Apart from providing transportation, Damnoen Saduak Canal also provides farmers with adequate water for agricultural purposes for the whole year around.
Take note that it is open daily from 7:30am until 12:30pm.
The floating market is like a floating version of Chatuchak as it offers antiques, food, souvenirs, spices and handicrafts.
Food and items sold here are expensive. Also, do not haggle with the price if you are not really buying.
Grilled bananas with coco – caramel sauce for 70 baht
We had a stop over at a coconut sugar farm and we tried making coconut cookies
The best Thai milktea I’ve ever tasted! (80 baht per cup)
After an hour of floating, we were dropped off at the motor boat port and waited for the next van which will return to Victory Monument terminal.
We arrived at Victory Monument at around 1pm. Craving for a satisfying meal, we had our lunch at the nearest McDonald’s.
Like in Singapore, they do not have gravy, instead they use chili paste or tomato ketchup. Also, they offer Thai milktea, taro pie and corn pie.
Afterwards, we proceeded to Siam Discovery Center for our interview at the Oprah show alongside with Naomi Campbell. Just kidding! These are wax figures at Madame Tussauds. For more photos and details about the place, kindly check my previous post or click this link.
It took us 3 hours inside the wax museum. We strolled inside mall and saw some quirky pop-outs. Channel V Thailland office is also housed here.
The set-up for Coca-Cola’s Songkran concert for the last day of the festival. It is a bubble party that will start on the afternoon until 12 midnight
The Trimutri Shrine outside Central World were filled with offerings.
We explored the restaurant area of Central World mall. It is the largest mall in Thailand and among the largest in the world This yummy icecream swirl for only 50baht
Before heading back to Charoen Krung, we tried some creampuff filled with green tea and steamed milk (150 baht). The combination was perfect!
We had our dinner at a Chicken Rice shop at Charoen Krung (45 baht) while waiting for the water splashing to subside.
Waking up at 5am for the past 4 days was kinda exhausting and since tomorrow is the last day of the Festival (which means hardcore water splashing), we decided to start our day a little bit late and do our souvenir and mall shopping.
We left the condo unit at around 9am and had our breakfast at the nearest noodle house. The one that I ordered costs 45 baht – noodle soup with char siu, vegetables, squid balls and shumai. Yes, it tastes good.
Then, we proceeded to Pratunam area to buy some clothes and souvenirs. The Pratunam Market is a major market selling clothes, shoes, and fashion accessories at wholesale prices. Enter the small alleys and jam-packed small streets and you will find yourself in the middle of a clothes-maze. Prices are very cheap, and most shops offer retail prices for single pieces.
Located at the intersection of Ratchaprop and Petchburi roads (next to Amari Watergate Hotel), Pratunam Wholesale Market is filled with shops and tiny stalls flowing over to the sidewalks and extending all the way to Baiyoke Towers I and Baiyoke Towers II on Ratchaprarop Soi 3.
Only few stalls were open and most of them are souvenir vendors only. The set-up is like Baclaran. We decided to go to Platinum Mall (168 style mall) it is Thailand’s largest retail & wholesale shopping destination with 2,165 shops! Don’t worry, each floor is labeled and is dedicated only to one or two categories. We only went to the floors of Women’s Wear and accessories – and we were overwhelmed. Imagine all the pretty clothes which are sold by online shops came to life and are cheaper! The styles of clothes are ahead to Philippines’ fashion. Plus, you can buy a piece of clothing for 100baht (they offer cheaper prices when you buy 10pcs or more). Piece of advice: most clothes here are “free sized”,also, you cannot fit the clothes and don’t you dare haggle with the price if you do not intend to buy the item. After 5 hours, I spent 1,500baht for my own clothes and souvenirs. We were able to fill one large shopping bag! We forgot about the festival for a while and as we were walking towards CentralWorld mall *splash* – good thing we bought a shopping bag which was made of plastic and has a zipper. We had lunch at KFC (I suddenly realized that it became an instinct for me to try out KFC’s chicken in all the countries). Afterwards, we explored the Central World
Gigantic decorations were hung in the center of Central World
Since our feet were already giving up and the shopping bag is getting heavier, we decided to go back to our condo unit and take the tuktuk.
Due to the heavy traffic at Charoen Krung caused by the last wave of Songkran festival, the driver take another route and yesss we were 3 times soaked. There was no traffic in that route but it was a residential area so our tuktuk was stopped in every corner and the locals just bathe us will cold water. Our day really ended early (we arrived at around 5pm) and the tiredness crept to my body. I had a severe headache and mild fever. Luckily, I have brought some meds and rested. I woke up at around 7pm and felt like a new person. We decided to go out to buy dinner. We bought dumplings,10 sticks of grilled meat and convenience store supplies – cooked rice, water, softdrinks, extra-large yakult and chips. We ate while watching tv – most of their cable channels (even star movies) were dubbed to Thai language so we just stared at the screen. Then we packed our stuff and oh boy, our bags became very heavy – it won’t even close! I was forced to place some of my precious items on the shopping bag which we bought earlier.
Our last day in Thailand already came and we will try to squeeze-in two locations for less than 5 hours. Our flight going back to Manila is at 6:15pm but we already checked in through PAL’s online facility – in case that we can’t make it at the airport 3 hrs before the flight. Our main goal for the day are: museum visit and Thai massage. Since time is critical considering that work and school resumed that day, we left at around 7am (even the museum opens at 10am).
For our journey to MoCA and full story, kindly check my previous post or click this link.
After a satisfying tour in MoCA we had a light lunch (or snack) at the shops at BTS Mo Chit. They have fancy and yummy breads and of course, I bought Thai milk tea – my parting gift. We reached Charoen Saduak station at around 1:30pm and we searched for a Thai Massage parlor. We found one near Asiatique named Spa Land.
There were a lot of massage services and room types but we opted for the next available 1 hr. full body thai massage which costs 300 baht. I was quite nervous because it is my first time to have a massage and I am very ticklish person. We were greeted by our masseuse and we were asked to remove our footwear. Our feet were cleaned and massaged in a warm water (that feels heavenly). The masseuse asked if we walked for a long duration because our feet and legs were very tender – yes, a duration of 6 days. Afterwards we went to the second floor and we were assisted to a dark room lit with yellow light (or candles) it smelled really refreshing. There were dividers but I think it was a unisex room because I heard a man snoring.
So we changed our clothes – we were required to remove everything. The clothes that they provided were like those worn by temple keepers – it was loose and comfortable. We lay down in the padded floor mat and our masseuse started their magic. It was a dry massage, no oil were applied. They started with the back part and arms – it felt good! Next is the worst part. My thighs are ticklish like hell. I was too tensed and I’m controlling my reflexes to not kick the masseuse. I kept on biting my tongue so that I wont laugh. The leg and foot massage was heavenly. I fell asleep in this part but after a couple of minutes I woke up because I was stretched and formed like a pretzel. The focus was on the spine, and my joints kept on popping. I didn’t realize that I could do yoga poses. Then I was asked to lie on my back. My tummy and lower body part (not again) was massaged. The relaxing head massage made me fell asleep. We woke up feeling light, relieved and stress free. We were given hot sweetened tea after the session. Since it was already past 3:00pm we took a taxi to the condo unit and we called Pinom. Taxi ride only costed 40baht! It was cheaper compared to a tuktuk ride.
Pinom was already waiting for us in the condo lobby. Time to check-out and say our goodbyes. He was really helpful, he even called a taxi for us and instructed the driver. We took the express way and made it at Suvarnabhumi airport before 4:30pm. The fare costed 300 baht including the express/toll fee.
Changi aiport is still the best (so far) but there’s something special in Suvarnabhumi – Thai touch.
Our flight was on time. It is my first time to ride our Flag carrier and it was nice. The seats were comfortable, there were mini pillows, mp3 players in the arm rest and monitors which plays movies plus we have a delicious meal with cold drinks and ice cream! The almost 4-hour flight was just a blur and I didn’t felt any home-sickness during this trip (which was unusual). I honestly had an attachment with BAngkok, you may find it funny but I cried the next morning. I think I really fell inlove with the place, the culture, the kind people, food and Bangkok is very similar to Philippines. I think I could call it my second home.
Thailand is a country which has a special place in my heart and I will surely visit again.
Also, a cross-border trip is not that scary and expensive. You just need to plan ahead and be street smart or ask the locals. I must say that this trip was very educational because we both witnessed and experienced the Thai & Khmer culture. Each country values their tradition and heritage.I envy that they have their own set of alphabets that they still use. Our country used to have unique alphabets but it wasn’t passed on to the newer generations. I admire their love for their country and I do hope to still see those in the near future.
Khop khun maak, Thailand!
*prayers for the victims of the bombing in Erawan Shrine. Let’s pray for their families, justice and may this not happen again.