Matanglawin: Amazing Thailand Adventure! (4th Anniversary special)

by Grace Sucgang, Multimedia Producer, Matanglawin

Posted at May 19 2012 11:35 PM | Updated as of May 26 2012 04:35 AM

It has been four years of trivia and adventure with the one and only Kuya Kim, so this time around, he shares not just his insights and knowledge but also his adventures with Pinoy Big Brother Double Up Grand Winner Melai Cantiveros!

What better way to celebrate such a momentous occasion by going to the country known as the Land of Smiles and visiting its capital, which is also known as the Asian City of Angels?
Thailand lies between Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia and is also known as the Land of the Free because it’s the only Southeast Asian country that wasn’t colonized by the West. Formerly known as Siam, Thailand underwent a name change in 1939 and is the 50th largest country in the world.
Bangkok, on the other hand, has so many names that it is hard to keep track of them all: the City of Angels, the Great City, the Eternal Jewel City, the Impregnable City of God Indra, the Grand Capital of the World Endowed With Nine Precious Gems, the Happy City, Abounding in an Enormous Royal Palace that Resembles the Heavenly Abode Where Reigns the Reincarnated God, a City Given by Indra and Built by Vishnukarma...

But you’ve heard nothing yet because the full name of Bangkok is really Krung Thep
Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit! Even for Kuya Kim, that’s a mouthful!

But what does Amazing Thailand have in store for our Matanglawin Adventure?
Read on for the first of three parts of our 4th Year Anniversary Special and you just might want to fly off to Thailand too!

Amazing Thailand!

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

If you want a breath-taking view of Bangkok, this is the place to be. Located 2,000 kilometers away from Manila and seven years in the making, in the whole of Thailand, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel is the highest point, though it’s still no match for the tallest building in the world which is the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. It would take three Baiyoke Sky Hotels to match the Burj Khalifa’s height!

Rose Garden Riverside

As Melai describes it, the Rose Garden Riverside is a “village slash resort slash park slash hotel.” That alone would give the idea that this place is different from most vacation spots. It occupies around 70 hectares in Sampran, Thailand, and tourists can get a glimpse of what life in Thailand used to be like before technology invaded the cities. Aside from the traditional farming and pottery methods, the art of extracting silk from silkworms is also demonstrated here.
Who would have thought that through sericulture, 300-400 meters of silk thread can be produced by a single silkworm? When stretched, that is as long as 33 buses put end to end!
They also show traditional dances such as the Ramwong or “Circle Dance” and the Kratob Mai, which is very similar to our very own Tinikling.

From the cocoon… To silk thread!


Kratob Mai.

Amphawa Floating Market

Romantics at heart dream of going to Italy to cruise the canals in little gondolas…but for Asians, the next best thing can be found in Thailand. An added bonus is that you can also shop and eat there!
The Amphawa Floating Market is considered as the Venice of the East. Boats transporting people rush to and fro as vendors load their wares onto—what else? Boats! They give “drive-thru” a new meaning as tourists can cruise by, order food which is cooked on the spot, and continue cruising the river. You have to be careful though, because some parts of the river can go as deep as 10 meters!

Busy day at the Amphawa Floating Market.

Ghost Market

There is nothing scary about this “Ghost Market”, because it is not actually haunted, but is simply a night market. Dubbed a Ghost Market because the original owners of the second hand items are most probably dead, Thailand has around 10 night markets. This includes the Khao San Road Night Market where inexpensive clothes and accessories abound, the Khlong Lod Night Market whose specialty is second-hand goods and food, and the Rot Fai Market where antique and memorabilia hunters would find their wares. The choices are so varied that Melai could not decide what to buy!
As Kuya Kim leaves his guest house to shop, he looks forward to the next part of Matanglawin’s Thailand Adventure because it does not only involve more food and day-tripping, but also tigers!

Would you like to visit these places in Thailand?

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April 22, 2012