01 April 2009

Bangkok Story - Part 2 曼谷物語-中卷





I visit Bangkok three or four times a year. Surely the food and the shopping are great and the hotel suites and health spas are to die for. But truth be told, I go there in large part because I like being around Thai people. Gentle, patient and friendly almost to a fault, the Thai are natural born hosts and hostesses. With these proud national traits, Thailand has carved a niche for itself as one of the top, and certainly the most pampering, travel destinations in South East Asia.


Thai people are also remarkably creative and artistic, qualities that are often overshadowed by their hospitality...

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Read the rest of this article in HONG KONG State of Mind, published by Blacksmith Books, available at major bookstores in in Hong Kong, on Amazon and at Blacksmith Books.



18 comments:

  1. I guess i know where to go for my next break...

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  2. yeah, I was surprised to see how patient people in Thailand are. Drivers rarely ever honk at other drivers or pedestrians and I rarely saw people pushing or shoving to get by. I wish there weren't so many rats though.

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  3. Very observant !

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  4. Really? This is pretty much evey ordinary person's observations. Hardly observant at all.

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  5. Well, remembering all these observations & weaving them nicely & interestingly together is never as 'ordinary' as it appears.

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  6. Interestingly enough, flattering and damning remarks tend to alternate and swing like a pendulum (based on this pattern the next comment must be highly complimentary!).

    Please keep these comments coming because any discourse is good discourse.

    Jason

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  7. Does his self-centeredness & immaturity remind you of Mr. Edison Chen?

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  8. " Every writer is a narcissist. This does not mean that he is vain; it only means that he is hopelessly self-absorbed. "

    - Rosten, Leo -

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  9. Wow...I feel like I'm walking into a crossfire...

    Anyway...I really enjoyed the article. I've always been of the opinion that the greatest asset of a country are its people...and from what you write Thailand seems very well endowed.
    I especially liked the "tourist identification game"...the flip-flop comment is right on.
    Here's a funny tip on how to identify the German tourists (aside from the beer & wine) look for people wearing birkenstocks and socks ;)...

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  10. Thanks, Isabel. I enjoy a crossfire -- it sure spices things up. And I totally agree with your Birkenstocks and socks observation!

    Jason

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  11. Hey Jason,
    I've been in Hong Kong for a few months and I'm looking forward to reading your blog. And I appreciate the in-depth insights about Thailand. You're making me want to visit even more now.

    Best regards!

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  12. Thanks, Jeff. You should definitely go. I am going back in April and possibly again in May. I can't get enough of it!

    One of the great things about living in Hong Kong is that we are so close to these wonderful countries!

    Cheers,

    Jason

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  13. hi jason,

    was curious, do you know any good place for spa and massage? i was in bangkok a few days ago and the place i was recommended by my friend wasn't up to my standard. but i will have another trip to bangkok soon. was wondering if you know any good places...

    hope to hear from you soon. take care.

    many thanks!

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  14. Hi Sonic,

    Sure, I've got lots of recommendations. Just email me at jasonngglobal@hotmail.com.

    Jason

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  15. i agree with your observation on hong kong tourists in bangkok. cantonese speakers in general tend to speak very loudly naturally. they are by far the most noticeable group, especially when there are so many of them. i do have to say though, that in all the years i've lived there, i haven't come across enough overly aggressive behavior from hk tourists for it to be a stereotype, but i might just be hanging out in the wrong places for that. i tend to think that focus on the infamous sex trade and misperceptions about thailand being an impoverished country are much more popular in the western world.

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