Matanglawin: Amazing Thailand Adventure! (Part 2)

by Grace Sucgang, Multimedia Producer, Matanglawin

Posted at May 20 2012 12:05 AM | Updated as of May 22 2012 08:55 AM

Matanglawin’s Amazing Thailand Adventure is not over yet, because there is still so much to see and visit. Being the animal lover that he is, Kuya Kim definitely would not want to miss out on Thailand’s animal attractions such as elephants and tigers.

But wait…what is this? It is Melai’s first time to see an elephant in her life? What will she do when she finds out that she has to feed a tiger? Moreover, what are the new places to see this time around in Thailand? Read on to find out!

Buddhist Temples

Thailand has the largest population of Buddhists in the world. The country’s population consists of almost 95 percent Buddhists. Buddhism is considered their way of life and the Thai don’t really see Buddha as their god but rather their mentor and teacher towards nirvana or enlightenment. Here’s a Kuya Kim trivia for you: Did you know that Buddhism is the 4th largest religion in the world with over 425 million followers?
Melai visited the world’s only Buddhist Temple with a metal roof named Wat Ratchanatdaram, which means “royal niece.”

Another famous temple, Wat Mahathat, features a Buddha effigy wrapped in tree roots, while Wat Panan Choeng boasts a 63-foot golden Buddha. And in case you’re wondering, the word “wat” means temple in Thai.

Another famous temple which the Thai hold near and dear is Wat Phra Kaew, which houses an emerald Buddha. The temple itself is located in a very famous landmark, the Grand Palace, where the Royal Family of Thailand has lived for 150 years.

If you’re seeing yellow, then you’re probably in the vicinity of the Wat Yai Chai Mongkon. The monks who go there believe that wearing yellow drives away evil spirits.

Ayutthaya Ruins

These ruins were once Siam’s or Thailand’s capital for 400 years. Once called the “City of Kings,” they have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some 400 temples can be found in this site, with others under renovation because of the damage the floods in 2011 brought.

At the Ayutthaya Ruins…

Sriracha Tiger Zoo

Tigers are the epitome of strength and power in Thailand. In the Chonburi Province, tigers are cared for in the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, which educates local and foreign tourists alike about the regal animals.

Since its beginnings in 1997, the Sriracha Tiger Zoo doesn’t only have 400 Bengal tigers under its care, it also features spotted deer, an orangutan, donkeys and elephants, among other animals.

Here Melai not only met the Scorpion Queen who can carry at least forty or so scorpions on her shirt, but also saw for herself that pigs can indeed run faster than people, reaching speeds of up to 11 kilometers in seven minutes, when she became a spectator at a pig-racing event.

The highlight of Melai’s visit to the Sriracha Tiger Zoo was when she bottle-fed a baby tiger, which scared her because the tiger cub kept putting its paw on her hand.

Easy does it, Melai! Don’t be scared of the tiger cub!

Thai Village Cook-Off

Melai put up a special Matanglawin cooking show just to prove to Kuya Kim that she can make a delicious Som Tam or Spicy Green Papaya Salad. If anyone would care to try making it at home, the ingredients are as follows:

  • Green papaya
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Lime juice
  • String beans
  • Dried shrimps
  • Garlic
  • Palm sugar
  • Fish sauce or patis
  • Peanuts
  • Chili

However, Melai also learned how to make Tom Yam or Spicy Lemongrass Soup, impressing Kuya Kim and the staff of Matanglawin!

Tom Yam is very similar to the Philippines’ sinigang. The ingredients are:

  • Shrimps
  • Chicken stock
  • Mushrooms
  • Lemongrass
  • Fish sauce or patis
  • Soy sauce
  • Lime juice
  • Coriander leaves
  • Black chili paste
  • Chili to taste

Would you like to visit these places in Thailand?
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And the third part of our 4th Anniversary episode will feature another of Thailand’s giants: elephants!

April 29, 2012