the Kon Thai Kaa experience - bangkok 2007

that monday morning, i was made to wear the official yellow polo shirt commemorating the King's 60th year reign for our Grand Palace and Wat Pho tours in busy bangkok. our mission for the day was to get me in for free, since according to N's relatives, i look thai. i was given instruction to not speak and utter an english word especially at the entrance, and N also made me memorize a sentence i would say in case i was asked if i was thai: "Kon Thai Kaa", meaning, "I am Thai". how i would be able to understand if i was indeed questioned was beyond me, but i was sure N would give me a nudge or a wink or something.

First up was Grand Palace, and i passed with flying yellow color.

now, if you can visit only one place in bangkok, the spectacular Grand Palace should be it. it is, undoubtedly, the city's most famous landmark. this complex, whose layout is similar to the palaces of ayutthaya, houses government offices, royal residences, and the Emerald Buddha temple - all done with elaborate and intricate details that showcase the thai people's craftsmanship.

after we were sure we've covered almost everything, we caught a cab and proceeded to nearby Wat Pho (or Wat Po), where, ehem, i got in for free again. This is home to Thailand's largest reclining Buddha (46 meters long and 15 meters high), and to the famous traditional thai massage at the massage school, where we had a full-body session.

refreshed and rejuvenated, N and I went home ready for some muay thai action in the evening at the ratchadamnoen boxing stadium, where N was stopped before entering and asked if he was thai.

we were holding hands but i was ready to run in case i was stopped and asked the same question. thankfully again, i didn't have to.

in case you didn't know, Kon Thai Kaa.

posted by vina @ 12:26 PM           


At 5:03 PM, March 26, 2007, Blogger c o n s u e l a said...

kon thai kaa :)
translation please?

At 5:07 PM, March 26, 2007, Blogger houseband00 said...

I bet ang init no? =)

At 5:12 PM, March 26, 2007, Blogger Kyels said...

Yeah, translation please!


At 5:49 PM, March 26, 2007, Blogger vina said...

CONSUELA and KYELS> i am thai :)

HOUSEBAND> fortunately, it wasn't that hot then! :)

At 11:38 AM, March 27, 2007, Blogger jase said...

Tom Yam Kaa Sarap !!!

Itz soo funny but I just love love Thai and all about Thai!

At 12:02 PM, March 27, 2007, Blogger vina said...

JASE> what's not to love? :P

At 8:39 AM, March 28, 2007, Anonymous iskoo said...

haha, naalala ko rin yung ginawa namin dyan sa lugar na yan, sabi nung kasama kong OFW sa Thailand, hwag na hwag daw ako magsasalita at maglakad lang ako ng diretso, ang takot ko baka kasi kausapin ako at di ko alam kung ano ang isasagot ko, pero di ako hinarang, feeling ko alam na ng mga Thai ang modus operandi ng mga Pinoy sa Thailand. Ang foreigner din ata sa kanila mga puti. pero alam mo minsan sumakay ako provincial bus nila tapos hindi ko alam na lumapas na pala ako taps yung kundoktor galit na galit sa akin kasi nagdadaya daw ako, nakupu sinabi ko na hindi ako Thai, away pa rin maniwala, buti nalang may mabait akong kasakay na Thai at ipinagtanggol ako.

At 9:59 AM, March 28, 2007, Blogger HiPnCooLMoMMa said...

i've to visit bangkok again, if only to see all the places you went to...maaya nga si N (my N ha =), heehee)

At 10:45 AM, March 28, 2007, Blogger vina said...

ISKOO> ang tapang mo rin naman to ride a bus on your own!

HIPNCOOL> haha! yeah, you'd better set the record straight! :P

At 1:41 PM, March 29, 2007, Blogger Sidney said...

Wow! That is beautiful!
Didn't know you are Thai! ;-)

At 2:01 PM, March 29, 2007, Blogger vina said...

SIDNEY> neither did i! :P

At 2:23 AM, March 30, 2007, Anonymous K said...

Those photos are nice which obviously fills me with envy..

At 3:58 AM, March 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ID please... :P

At 11:44 AM, March 30, 2007, Blogger vina said...

K> hehe. thanks k!

N> *runs away!* :P

At 2:04 PM, March 30, 2007, Blogger dezphaire said...

uyyy parehong naka-yellow :)))

At 3:23 PM, March 30, 2007, Blogger vina said...

DEZ> bakit, may reklamo ba? hehe.

At 9:22 PM, March 30, 2007, Anonymous cruise said...

looks like you really enjoyed your thai holiday. napansin ko yung mga moks sa picture no.3, yang yung mga gusto ko makuhanan kaso bagal ng camera ko di ako maka-tiyempo

At 11:58 PM, March 30, 2007, Anonymous ghee said...

ganon pala怀yun?in case na mapunta ako sa thai,i need to memorize it pala,kon thai kaa..

nice pics,Vina!
btw,thai ba si N?he looks like one :)
you look so inlove again :)

At 2:06 PM, April 01, 2007, Anonymous bingskee said...

really nice photos. love the one with you and your special someone in the foreground. :-)

At 6:42 PM, April 01, 2007, Blogger vina said...

CRUISE> it was good timing we had! :)

GHEE> yes, he is, ate ghee. but he lives in the US now.

BINGSKEE> thank you ms. bing!


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