Believe it or not …
The MOST VISITED city in the world in 2016..!!
Leaving London , NewYork, Paris , Dubai far behind!!
Skyscrapers silhouette the skyline 🌃..Along side elegant roofs and steeple Buddhist temples…
But the special architectural feature of Thailand … is the SALA THAI .. it is one of the three NATIONAL EMBLEMS of Thailand …the other two being the elephant and the golden shower tree ….
The Sala Thai is an open gazebo or pavilion usually ornate .. shielding against the heat ,rain and muggy weather…it is seen all over Thailand…ranging from the simple to the extravagant ….
This was a PRACTICAL move considering
the numerous ‘canals ‘or ‘khlongs ‘ in and around Bangkok…. aptly named Venice of the East…..here are stilt houses lining the chaophyra river …
The stilts were usually a man high ..and as
Thais love nature ,having a tree with its fragrant flowers growing around the central room was not uncommon! The area under the home is used multipurposely….as a work area , to keep domestic animals … etcetc
Small rooms usually 3 or 5 in number ( even numbers considered inauspicious!) around the central structure .. could be made in a day ., with prefabricated bamboo which is omnipresent!
Teak used in more sophisticated houses.
Thais living along the waterways lead a simple spiritual life ..
in both ways …they god fearing and superstitious and also love to drink ..!!especially beer( local brand .. SINGHA!)
Spirited and Spiritual…just like our own Aiyer and Iyer !
This rustic life now fast disappearing with the growth of the skyscraper city….
Bangkokians maynot know many things .. but they sure know who Jim Thompson is!!
Everyone knows Jim!!
JimThompson outlets all over Thailand .. one will go mad with the stuff …
And the prices!!!
But the Thai silkworms fatter!
Producing 250 yards of thread from one unraveled cocoon! Goodness gracious !!
The city clean ,calm ,house help easily available and living certainly cheaper … a great place to retire!
Local architecture reflecting European influences is seen …about 250 buildings in Bangkok alone…made in colonial style( though Thailand was never a colonised country!) Echoing
Italian baroque/ Venetian Gothic/ German Art Nouveau…wow!
Especially sea food ….
Here they are ….ready-to-cook crabs and lobsters…
Twinny spent a good half day learning intricacies of BASIC Thai cuisine …using galangal ( white ginger)
Palm sugar,kafir 🍃 leaves,papaya , chicken 🌶 jasmine rice etc etc
Lunch is ready .. where are you ???
In Indian restaurant in Kohsamui…!!
Eating butter chicken and naan!
Tch ! Tch! Tch !