Amazing Thailand (Day 3, Part 1)

4th December 2016

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Complimentary breakfast at hotel

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0800 hrs Depart for Nang Loeng Market Walking Tour

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Murals depicting the different stages of life

Death and illness are morbid subjects to talk about and I have friends’ parents passed away or like my secondary school friend passed away due to leukaemia two years ago. When I was a flight attendant, I also have to face such situations and no matter what sort of emergency situations arise, we still have to regain our composure and provide immediate assistance. I try not to be a busybody and probe too much unless they choose to share with me, likewise, I do not like others probing into my personal life too. Everyday is a gift to be alive and I am thankful for it.

Never like to visit tombs or cemetery as it sends a chill down my spine.

0800 hrs Depart for Nang Loeng Market Walking Tour

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This is one of the oldest surviving bakery serving traditional Thai dessert. Can you believe that the shop owner is 88 years old and has been in this trade since her youth?

We were treated to the freshly made yummy Thai dessert and I like the yam paste.

These are all the delicious Thai dessert made by the shop owner.

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Cannot help but wonder how will I look when I am old. I think I can only slow down the aging process by using the correct and proper skincare products.

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They look like two best friends sharing close-knit relationship.

The Bang Loeng Market Walking tour also includes food tasting of the local delicacies.

1100 hrs Lunch at local restaurant (part of Nang Loeng Market Walking Tour)


Nom.. Nom.. Nom.. I do not have any dietary restrictions so I can enjoy all the amazing feast.

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1200 hrs Transfer to TrueLove @ Neverland

 We then visited the only husky café at Bangkok, TrueLove @ Neverland. TrueLove @ Neverland is a heaven for all dog lovers and especially the huskies lovers.

Meet MOMO (the white dog on the right picture), she is my favourite dog in the café! MOMO steals the limelight from time to time even though the huskies are the stars.

Interacting with the huskies does put a smile on one’s face because they are simply too adorable! These huskies feed on ice and carrots as their daily staple. The fur of Siberian husky is soft, nice to touch and these dogs are so cute to cuddle with.

WAH.. WAH.. WAH! The café owner is good looking! Anyway, he is trying to attract the dog’s attention to look at the camera. I want to find a boyfriend but the first and foremost criteria is the hair cannot look like balding. Secondly, facial complexion has to be good with no pimples. Thirdly, cannot be too touchy. Still waiting patiently for the right one to appear in my life…

 Feeding time for the huskies!

Cakes and drinks are available too!

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Amazing Thailand (Day 2, Part 3)

1730 hrs Dinner at NETA Fish & Meat (Buffet)

We have our dinner at NETA Fish & Meat and this is the first and only Japanese style buffet restaurant in Ratchada area that serves over hundred of delicious dishes. For as low as 499 Baht, diners can enjoy variety of dishes in 90 minutes.

Address: The Street Ratchada. Bangkok Thailand

Phone: +66 2 121 1992

Website: https://www.facebook.com/netafishandmeat/

Oh… I love to eat salmon and salmon contains high levels of healthy omega-3 fats. Salmon is my favourite fish and I like to eat it raw or seared, which slightly intensifies the flavour of the fish. The fortunate thing is that no matter how much I eat, I do not put on much weight and my BMI is within healthy range.

1830 hrs Transfer to Rot Fai Market Ratchada

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We visited Rot Fat Market Ratchada, a hipster market which originated at a disused railway yard in Bang Sue. Rot Fai Market Ratchada is located near the city at Thailand Cultural Centre MRT Station, which is significantly closer to the city and much easier to access than the bigger Talad Rot Fai Srinakarin.

You can also chill and enjoy a drink at one of the cool pubs, or simply go shopping at the many local stalls. Too little time, too much to shop at this hipster market! There is everything that one expects to find at Rot Fai Market Ratchada.

2000 hrs Transfer to Divana Nurture Spa

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Massage is what I always look forward during an overseas trip! Divana Nurture Spa  is a luxury spa concept and service here is top-notch! We experience the Phikat Bua Prakob Remedy Wellness Spa Program, easing the soreness of body through the application of Authentic Thai massage remedy. It is a total indulgence, you feel so pampered and relaxed in a bind treatment along with the healthy benefits of the “Phikat Bua Prakob”, a legendary herbal compress that adds up to the bona fides of therapeutic treat. Divana Nurture is certainly a place for the wealthy “tai tai” who has the money to splurge and indulge in the much needed relaxing massage.

– End of Day 2, Part 3 –

 

 

Amazing Thailand (Day 2, Part 2)

1300 hrs Transfer to Bangkok

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We have our lunch at this unique comic themed Bangkok restaurant, Lengzabb.

Not just another restaurant with fancy décor of Marvel Superheroes, Lengzabb also looms as a favourite lunch spot for many Thai young generation.

Address: Muang Samut Songgram, Samut Songkhram, Thailand

Phone: +66 85 514 2978

Website: https://www.facebook.com/lengzabb/

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One of the ‘MUST-TRY’ dishes is this spicy pork bone clear soup, locally known as Leng sab. The Leng Sab dish is served with hot steamed rice, the pork meat is soft, tender and tasty.

I have the tom yum soup with rice vermicelli for myself and the chicken satay is for sharing. The taste of the Thai chicken satay cannot measure up to our satay in Singapore.

1500 hrs Visit Dinosaur Planet

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The Dinosaur Planet is an entertainment centre in the heart of Bangkok, bringing visitors back in time to the ancient world of dinosaurs, where they’re come back to live.

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Anyone wanna hop in my truck and go for an adventure?

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Visitors can interact with the various types of dinosaurs and it can be a little intimidating because the dinosaur will suddenly charge towards you unknowingly.

The attractions are family-friendly and children can enjoy exciting presentation techniques, memorable activities and world-class performances at Dinosaur Planet.

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Bitten by a hungry Tyrannousaurus Rex

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All of us then check-in to Grande Centre Point Terminal 21, a good 4/5 hotel located at the heart Sukhumyit, with direct access to the transportation BTS and MRT. The hotel is modern in style with rooms that are clean and spacious. Whenever I check into such a grand and luxury hotel, I will feel lazy and I do not want to go out anymore.

Address: 2 Sukhumvit Soi 19 (Wattana), Sukhumvit Road, Klongtoey Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Phone: +66 2 681 9000

Website: http://www.grandecentrepointterminal21.com

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The view overlooking the central business district of Bangkok is amazing and perfect.

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Just me.. cutting a lonely figure, taking time to admire the mesmerizing view of the city’s skyline.

 

 – End of Day 2, Part 2 –

Amazing Thailand (Day 2, Part 1)

3 December 2016
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Had to wake up early, pack my luggage to check-out and start off a day of fun and hectic activities.

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Complimentary breakfast at hotel. How’s my plating?

Good plating makes the food appealing to eat! I like to strike the right proportion of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables on a large plate to inspire a nutritionally balanced meal.

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The social media participants with the representatives from Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)

0600 hrs

Here is an early morning start in Buddhism, involving a special and unique alms-giving to the monks. What makes this experience stand out as compared to the rest of Thailand is that the monks will paddle on their boats along the canals instead of just walking along the streets.

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That’s me giving my sincere form of respect and offering food to the monk on the boat.

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0800 hrs Depart for Tha Ka Floating Market

There is an exhibition at Tha Kha Floating Market showcasing the artwork of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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The Tha Kha Floating Market is a small and very authentic floating market in Samut Songkhram province. Tha Kha Floating Market is an hidden gem lying with 10 kilometres of the more famous floating market, Damnoen Saduak. I have visited the Damnoen Sauak floating market with my two poly best friends in our graduation trip, you can view the post here.

Over at the Tha Kha Floating Market, you can spot a number of elderly Thais in their rowboats, selling local food, fruits, vegetables and delicious sweets.

Having my Thai boat noodle like a local and it is quite an experience to enjoy the bowl of noodles on low dining table and stools. The Thai boat noodle tastes like our Singapore’s version of Kway Chap and is a small portion of kway teow with good generous servings of pork pieces sold very cheaply at 20 baht per bowl.

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One of the desserts that I will always have in Thailand is coconut ice cream, serve with a sprinkler of peanuts. Simply delicious!

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0915 hrs Depart for Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project.

We had a refreshing iced local drink made with dried flower petals at Chaan Chala Coffee & Tea House and the drink is said to have beauty effect like making your hair black. I ever had blonde hair before and it was a great deal of trouble to spray my hair black for work. One of my ex ward leaders shared with me that black hair suits me and Asians should just stick to having their hair colour black.

The Chaan Chala Coffee & Tea House is managed by the Chaipattana Foundation, and has become a popular hang out place for the project visitors to enjoy the vintage and retro interior while looking at the lively floating market.

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The local volunteer working at the Chaipattana Foundation shared with us about the Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project.

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This is Mdm Buppa, the last generation and maybe the last artist of Hinan Chinese hat making from Bamboo trees. Her dedication in keeping the art of Hinan Chinese hat making alive is truly admirable and respectable.

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The Thai lady teaching us how to make rose out from pandan leaves and we have some hands on experience to do it.

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How do you think I fare in making this rose from pandan leaves?

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Sometimes I can caught myself smiling cheekily like in this candid shot.

We were also shown the traditional ways of making yummy Thai sweets.

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The local volunteer introducing to us the various products in the souvenir shop and I bought few haircare products. I like using shampoo that gives a nice and subtle fragrance to make my hair smell good all day.

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I like this stunningly beautiful photography of us with the old, quaint traditional Thai house as backdrop. And I want to say the local volunteer in black dress looks like the Chinese artist ‘Liu Yi Fei’.

The Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Conservation Project is one of many royal projects initiated by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn to serve as the reminiscence of the past. The Amphawa-Chaipattananurak Project today has become a center of collaboration to conserve and develop Thai traditions on which the Amphawa residents have had pride themselves.

Spending the two days at Amphawa let me feels like being transported to a bygone era and it is an hidden gem worth visiting with unique experience.

– End of Day 2, Part 1 –

 

Amazing Thailand, Day 1 Part 2

1515 hrs Transfer to Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral

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We visited the Nativity of Our Lady Cathedral, built in 1890 in French Gothic style, the Cathedral is one of Thailand’s oldest and more beautiful churches.

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A group shot with the beautiful church behind us as the backdrop, photo courtesy of Jaclynn with her Casio Exilim EX-FR100 digital camera.

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1600 hrs Transfer to Wat Bang Kung

Next, we visited the Wat Bang Kung. There are a lot of Buddhist temple in Thailand but Wat Bang Kung is one of the unique and interesting ones. Wat Bang Kung Temple is built within a huge Banyan tree!

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The interior of Wat Bang Kung Temple

The temple within the banyan tree lies Bot Prok Pho, an ordination hall which houses a Buddha image covered in gold leaves. The ordination hall is overgrown by strangler figs giving it an ancient and mysterious feel. Inside the temple, you will feel at ease with the calm and quiet surrounding the giant golden Buddha statue.

The exterior of Wat Bang Kung Temple

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1645 hrs Transfer to Kanokrat Resort Amphawa for check-in

For our first night of this media trip, we stayed at Kanokrat Resort Amphawa. The contemporary, Balinese-style resort is an excellent place for those seeking meditation retreat free from disturbance and want to benefit from a slower pace of life. You can enjoy a pleasant view of the lush green surroundings from the room’s balcony which features wooden flooring and seats.

Address: 50/5, Tambon Ban Prok, Amphoe Mueang Samut Songkhram, Chang Wat Samut Songkhram 75000. Thailand

Phone: +66 81 434 8242

Website: http://www.kanokratresort.com/

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The resort also enjoys a tranquil setting alongside Klong Pheelork which connects it with Klong Amphawa, just a few kilometres downstream.

1800 hrs Dinner at Chao Samran Restaurant

We have our dinner at this waterfront Chao Samran restaurant that has live band performance playing laidback acoustic music.

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From left to right: Khanittha (Assistant Director, TAT), Jaclynn (Travel Blogger, The Occasional Traveller), Jackie (Digital Platform Lead, AsiaOne), RuiMing (Journalist, Shin Min Daily News), Jiayu (Travel Blogger, flyhoneystars.com), Me (Travel Blogger, Irene-Travelogue.com), Nicholas (Marketing Officer, TAT) and Jeslyn (Editor, Tripzilla)

When in Thailand, need to give some of the local brews a try which I have Beer Chang. Beer Chang is flavourful but also a little stronger in alcohol content (around 6%).

The seafood feast we have earlier in the day at Nui Seafood was better than Chao Samran restaurant but this restaurant has better ambience with live band performance.

“Do not waste food and leave the plates empty”, that’s what the Thai local guide reminded us constantly. An empty plate is a happy plate!

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1900 hrs Visit Amphawa Floating Market

Amphawa Floating Market is a local evening floating market visited primarily by locals and you can enjoy fresh delicacies such a grilled seafood as you take in the sights, sounds and smells of this authentic floating market.

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My face will blush when I have a couple of drinks, probably due to “chang over” alcohol effect that follows from the dinner. This is not because I see handsome guys (yandao).

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Amphawa Floating Market at Night
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Quail eggs

I really love to eat eggs, like all kinds of eggs in different cooking methods – poached, scrambled, soft-boiled, etc. These quail eggs I buy from at the night market are delicious and nutritious!

We then call it a night and go back to hotel to get ample rest for our early activities the next day.

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Amazing Thailand, Day 1 Part 1

2nd December 2016 (Friday)

Continued from Upcoming Media Trip to Bangkok & Amphawa

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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Overjoyed to be invited for this 4 days 3 nights media trip to Bangkok & Amphawa from 2nd to 5th December 2016 hosted by Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

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Thai Airways, National Carrier of Thailand

3+3+3 seating layout on Thai Airways (TG) wide body jet Boeing 777-200 ER

It has been a while since I fly with Singapore Airlines (SQ), but my personal opinion is that I find Thai Airways (TG) Boeing 777-200 ER (“ER” for Extended Range)  aircraft seats are newer and spacious than Singapore Airlines. There are generally two classes of travel on B777-200 ER, namely Business Class and Economy Class.

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In every airline in the world, flight attendants not only need to look impeccably groomed throughout the entire flight, they are also responsible for upholding on board service and safety standards. When I boarded the aircraft, this Thai stewardess attracted my eyes because I like her make up and she is very pretty. Her eyebrow embroidery and smoky brown palette eye shadow with dramatic thick, false long eyelashes are all on point. But.. the ear rings maybe abit too big.

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Jeslyn Ng (Editor from Tripzilla), Me and Jaclynn Seah (Travel blogger, The Occasional Traveller)

Sit back, relax and enjoy the in flight entertainment system or…just sleep.

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From left to right: Jaclynn (Travel blogger, The Occasional Traveller), RuiMing (Journalists, Shin Min Daily News), Me (Travel blogger, Irene-Travelogue.com), Jeslyn (Editor, Tripzilla), Nicolas (Marketing officer, TAT) and Jiayu (Travel blogger, flyhoneystars.com)

That’s us, a group of social media influencers, making our way to clear custom formalities in the Kingdom of Thailand.

1200 hrs Lunch at Nui Seafood (Mahachai)

We were drove to have our lunch at Nui Seafood Restaurant (Mahachai) to sample some seafood gourmet delights. My favourite dish is Barramundi Fried Fish, deep-fried to crispy, and served with green mango and chili fish sauce.

How to get there:

The restaurant is located in Mahachai, about 1.5 hours from central Bangkok.

Address: Mahachai, Samut Sakhon, Thailand 74000.

Phone: +66 34 421 166

Website: http://Www.jnuiseafood.com

Click to view a larger image of the menu

The price for each dish is reasonably priced and range from THB250 to THB400.

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1300 hrs Explore Saint Anna’s Church

After our delightful lunch, we went ahead to explore Saint Anna’s Church, Samut Sakhon, located by the Tha Chin River.

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The statue of Saint Anna is one of the largest of its kind in South East Asia
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Wat Ban Laem Temple. Photo Courtesy: TripAdvisor

1400 hrs Explore Wat Ban Laem

Departed for Wat Ban Laem Temple. Wat Ban Laem is the most important temple of the province and Thai people have worshiped Wat Ban Laem Buddle for ages due to his supernatural power.

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1430 hrs Explore Maeklong Railway Market

Next, we explore the famous Maeklong Railway Market, also known locally as the Umbrella Market.

Maeklong Railway Market looks like any other open-air market in Southeast Asia with vendors selling tropical fruits and vegetables, freshly caught seafood and other local foods. The market is sheltered by low-hanging umbrellas and the railway track is actually the walkway of the market.

The local guide brought us to a good spot to watch the train running through Maeklong Railway Market.

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Jiayu (Travel Blogger, flyhoneystars.com) and me chilling at the café, having our caffeine fix iced thai milk tea while waiting for the train to pass through the market.

 

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Watch: A piercing siren will sound and in a flash the market transforms with the stallholders whip away their produce and pull down their umbrella to make way for the train to pass.
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Dodging train at Mae Klong Railway Market
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Birthday Remembrance for Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Bangkok, Thailand
5 December 2016

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His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, born on 5th December 1927, ascended the throne in 1946 and held the reins until 2016. Having reign over Thailand for 70 years, placing him as the world’s longest serving head-of-state and Thailand’s longest reigning monarch. At the age of 88, His Majesty passed away peacefully on Thursday, 13th October 2016 at Siriraj Hospital

A special event is staged by The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to mark the birthday anniversary of His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on 5th December 2016. Bhumibol 1 Bridge was chosen especially for this special event because His Majesty felt strongly about helping to improve in and around Bangkok to improve the lives of the people.

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I felt deeply honored and humbled to have the opportunity to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event held on Bhumibol 1 Bridge to commemorate His Majesty the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday.

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Group photo of the Media Participants invited by Tourism Authority of Thailand on Bhumibol 1 Bridge

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My fan girl moment with some Thai superstars in the crowd and these boys are ridiciously good looking! From left to right: Boy Pakorn, Phet Thatkrit, Pai Wisarut, Jaron Sorso and Tara Tipa.

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Portrait of His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX

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Beautiful sunrise painting the skies with shades of pink hues

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Thousands of mourners gathered on Bhumibol 1 Bridge named after the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on what would have been his birthday, to remember the Nation’s “Father” and his work to improve the lives of the Thai people.

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Mass display of grief, standing in silence for 89-second to mark the King’s life and reign. Thai Royal Anthem is then played and the crowd also join in the mass singing of the song Kwam Fan An Soong Sood (The Impossible Dream) which was composed by His Majesty.

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

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Photo Credit: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand General Thanask Patimaprakorn leading the crowd in tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

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Photo Credit: Strait Times

A total of 999 buddhist monks led the prayers in honor to the late His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Spotted the Deputy Prime Minister walking towards my direction which I quickly went up and ask if I can take selfie with him. It is not everyday you get to go so close up with a prominment and influential political figure.

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Mourners holding alof picture of the late king.

At the end of the event, white and yellow balloons were released. Yellow is the color associated with the Birthday of the late king.