“Sawatdee kraup. Sabai dee mai.”
That is how the Thais say “hello” and “how are you”.
I am learning a bit of the Thai language because I am now in Thailand and I will be in this country for a very long time. Yup. You read that right. I will be here in Thailand for a very, very long time. It is my first time to be outside of the Philippines for more than a month. So you can expect that my blog posts in the coming months will feature the sights and scenes in this country.
I left Manila just this week and I rode a Philippine Airlines flight. My experience with my flight is actually good. I experienced no hassle or any problem. I even liked the meal provided during the flight.
The meal included a cup of rice, a serving of beef dish, a piece of bread, a glass of orange juice and an appetizer. A small cup Magnolia ice cream for dessert was not included in the photo.
I reached Suvarnabhumi Airport after 3 hours of flight.
I can say that Thailand is very similar with the Philippines, based on what I saw during the few days of my stay here. This country have the same tropical climate like the Philippines. The houses and buildings that I saw is not that different with our structures in the Philippines. Even the Thais look like Filipinos at first glance.
The main difference between Thailand and the Philippines is the dominant religion. The Philippines is filled with Roman Catholic churches while Thailand is filled with Buddhist temples. We have many stores that sell images of Christian saints while the Thais have a lot stores that sell san phra phum or spirit house, which serves as a shrine for “protective spirit” of the place.
Here is what I want to do during the whole duration of my stay here in Thailand:
1. Visit a lot of temples, especially the one in Ayutthaya.
2. Ride on top of an elephant.
3. Walk around downtown Bangkok.
4. Tour some Catholic churches.
5. Have dinner with the royal family.
Well, the last item in the list is just a wishful thinking. He he he.
So these are my initial report live from Siam. I hope that I can accomplish some of the activities I placed on my list.