Posts Tagged ‘birthday’

Quiet Birthday Party

December 16, 2009
Bangkok's Birthday Party

Bangkok's Birthday Party

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration put a lot of effort into Bangkok’s 38th Birthday Party. They have filled the plaza in front of City Hall with booths and displays.

As far as I can see they are all about how the government is taking good care of the city. Of course there are many booths selling food, clothes and knick-knacks as well.

The party was almost deserted when I visited on the afternoon of the second day. Many city workers were sitting around with nothing to do. But I am sure it beat sitting at their desks.

There’s a special song about “Krung Thep” (the short Thai name for the city) to go along with the party.

It’s open until 10pm so perhaps it is busier in the evenings.

But there was no cake.

I have more pictures that I’ll post to Flickr. Leave me a comment if you’d like to see them.

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Bangkok’s Birthday Party

December 15, 2009
Bangkok's 38th Birthday Party

Bangkok's 38th Birthday Party

I saw this sign near On Nut Skytrain Station.

It’s 38 years since Changwat Phra Nakhon merged with Thonburi to become the Bangkok Metropolitan Area we know today. Also, Bangkok’s Governor became a directly elected office.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is having a celebration at City Hall from the 14th to 18th December from 10am to 9pm. I hope there’s cake.

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Happy Birthday to the King

December 5, 2009

Today, December 5th. is the King’s 82nd birthday. Sadly he is still in hospital and will not be making his customary speech to the Thai people. I wish him well.

Here are some images that I scanned from greetings cards on sale in Bangkok.

December 5th is also celebrated as Father’s Day. Thai people thank their fathers for taking care of them. There’s even a TV show on the preceeding days that dramatizes relationships with fathers.

Bangkok Skytrain 10th Anniversary

October 17, 2009

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It’s surprising to remember that the Bangkok Skytrain has only been open since December 5, 1999. The trains are starting to carry 10th Anniversary stickers like this.

(December 5 is the King’s Birthday so Thailand often arranges important things for that day. On December 5 this year they will open the Airport Express.)

The Skytrain has had a huge impact on traveling in Bangkok, especially for tourists. Before the Skytrain we were at the mercy of unscrupulous taxi drivers. I remember how hard it was to go where I wanted as the taxi drivers always wanted to take me to a jewellery shop where they’d get a commission.

I don’t know it has improved traffic a lot but it’s made travel a lot less frustrating.

I hope they will continue to develop and expand the system. The next development should be the extension of the Sukhumvit line beyond On Nut.