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Old 17th July 2009, 23:10   #61
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Now, this is one animal that I'd never seen in real life, and somehow my perception was that it's a lot smaller than it actually turned out to be! The panda at the Chiang Mai Zoo has had a couple of babies, but they had not been put out for public viewing at the time we were there. The city as a whole was celebrating the birth of the pandas, and from posters on the streets to broadcasts on TV, it was all there... The first thing we noticed as we entered the panda enclosure (there's a separate 100THB ticket to be bought for it) was the thousands of post-it notes with good wishes for the baby pandas.
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Default The Dolphin and Beluga Whale Show at Safari World, Bangkok

This was a great show, and I am posting a couple of videos and a lot of photos of it here...






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Default Sealion Show, Safari World, Bangkok

Similar to the Dolphin Show was the Sealion Show at the Safari World, Bangkok - equally impressive.



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Thailand is a fulltoo destination! Really nice stuff in there!

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Your wish is my command! Here's a funny video of sealions dancing...

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Here's a set of photos of a lot of birds and animals from the Safari World, Bangkok...
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Default Some flowers and trees in Thailand

Here's a look at some of the interesting flowers and some trees we came across there...

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Looks funny - aliens' antennae, anyone from Delhi?

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And if we thought we are the great folks who convert our currency notes to garlands, here's a rose made with a Thai currency note that I found in our taxi.

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hey am planing to go to bangkok sometime next month on a holiday visit, what are the things we can buy there, like i have no idea of the place.

HOw much indian rupess will i require for a week in bangkok and around it.
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hey am planing to go to bangkok sometime next month on a holiday visit...
Good for you - visa charges have been waived, and you get a visa on arrival for 15 days on production of your return ticket and 10,000 THB per person, or 20,000 THB per family in CASH. Remember it's difficult to exchange INR for THB - I haven't come across a single money changer which accepted INR.
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That's one thing I would not be able to tell you in great detail, but I spent some time at the Pantip Plaza in Pratunam, and you could spend a fortune in electronics, cameras, computers and computer peripherals there. There's also a clothes market that operates from 4am till 9am - that's right, AM - below the BoBae Tower, where you can get great deals on readymades (we stayed at the Prince Palace Hotel in BoBae Tower, so we came to know about it). I'm sure other members can contribute to the knowledge base of where to shop for what...
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Thai cuisine is all the rage in India, but the variety we are familiar with here is quite unlike the street food that we enjoyed there. Thailand is a non-veg gourmet's paradise, only if one is willing to try anything and everything without any qualms. The traditional Thai cuisine also tastes different - more bland, low in salt, and with a different flavour than we are used to here.

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Of course, there are the miniature chillies (not too hot) and garlic with skin (one is supposed to eat the skin too), plus a variety of sauces to spice up as per one's taste.

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Hey thanks for your info SS, you mean I need to show them 10,000 THB for geting my visa (if yes, why is this so).

Have you looked up thread in here saying about a SCAM in Bangkok Airport (http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/shifti...k-airport.html (Scam at Bangkok Airport))

Now am very much worried, since you are there you will the right person to clarify i think. what you think SST
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Bangkok in particular, and Thailand in general, is a place to be extremely wary of scams. To learn about the extent of these scams, type "Thailand scams" and run a Google search. But do remember that they are less likely to target Indians (mainly because we are not as well-off as people from, say, US or Europe, and also because we don't step into their scams as easily as a lot of others). Imagine that Thailand is like India, be on your guard, and no harm will come to you.

As for the 10,000 THB, they might want to see the cash - but not everytime. They are not supposed to take it, so don't hand it over to anyone who asks. It is spposed to be the amount that you can use to support yourself during your period of stay there.
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Wow, some shots of the flora are an absolute delight.
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wow, another esquisette journey of yours which just makes us smile and wonder to be there one day, pictures you share and click speak more then words which by itself is a art within you, thankyou for sharing this journey with us.And yes flowers are delight!
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wow, another esquisette journey of yours which just makes us smile and wonder to be there one day, pictures you share and click speak more then words which by itself is a art within you, thankyou for sharing this journey with us.
Thank you, prince_pervez and vijaythacker - it is a great pleasure for me too, to be sharing these photos and the details of the journey with all of you, and to read your comments about them.

Anyway, to continue...

Our staple diet in a large part there comprised all kinds of street food. Starting from rice and chicken/pork curry,

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to bowls of noodle-soup with all kinds of meats and fish added in,

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to flat noodles,

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to prawns in a variety of forms,

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we loved them all!


Of course, my MIL was not too overjoyed at the off-beat flavour of the non-veg food there, even though she is a "fish-and-egg-atarian". So she decided to survive initially on fruits. And oh, boy, what a variety of fruits there were!

From huge ripe and juicy lychees and bananas (taste like the "kaanthali kola", for those [Bongs] who would understand)

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to huge "jaamrul" / "safed jamun" (rose apples) in a beautiful shade of red (I'd only seen them in white in India, and often wondered why they were called "rose" apples - now I know!)

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and freshly cut and nicely packaged pineapples and watermelon served with salt and a stout wooden pick to eat with, the fruits were great. There was innovatively-presented chilled "daab" (green coconut), though at between 20 and 30 THB each, we thought them a tad too expensive.

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But it started getting more fun when we were faced with all the exotic tropical fruits we'd never come across earlier! Here they are...

The dokong

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The rambutan - looks like a hairy lychee, but tastes quite different - a little like a "taalshaansh" - non-Bongs please excuse, I am not aware of the Hindi or English name of "taalshaansh"

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The dragon fruit or dakong - in two varieties - red and white

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and the most expensive fruit of them all - the durian - which we didn't really like - probably because we were expecting it to taste like ripe "kaanthaal" / jackfruit, which it resembled on the outside (with longer spikes) but didn't taste or smell like.

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And then there was fruit juice everywhere - choose your fruits, and get served the juice in a polythene pack with a straw stuck in!

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