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 Thursday, May 26 2005 @ 02:29 PM EDT

Driving blind in Thailand.

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StoriesNot only the Bangkok buses need a prayer, upcountry buses are just as risky. You can say the top officials "turn a blind eye" to the problem but the biggest problem is that the drivers themselves are driving blind!

Have you ever noticed how many stickers and other opaque materials are on the bus windows? The drivers cannot see out for the advertising, slogans, licenses, paint, film and other junk stuck to their front, rear, and side windows. It is no wonder they run passengers down - they cannot see them. It is no wonder they crash when passing each other - they cannot see the oncoming traffic.


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The geckos

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StoriesWhether you’re staying on a beach, in the forest or in a town, chances are you’ll be sharing your room with a few geckos. These pale grey-green tropical lizards, which are completely harmless to humans and usually measure a cute four to ten centimeters in length, mostly appear at night, high up on walls and ceilings, where they feed on insects.


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Star Wars, an Asian story

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StoriesThe final episode of George Lucas cinematic epic "Star Wars" ends the six-movie series – Revenge of the Sith – Has some of his roots in Thailand, as some background photographs are shoot in Thailand.


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Trees of love and sorrow

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StoriesIn popular Thai belief, there are four trees which are associated with love and the effects of love, namely, the Rak, the Sok, the Rakam, and the Sal trees. Beginning with the Rak or the tree of love, this tree has unscented white flowers which are woven into garlands for the bride and bridegroom at their wedding ceremony. On many occasions, the Rak flowers are mixed with jasmines for fragrance. And, especially as they are unscented and heart-shaped, lovers may gallantly say that the fragrance emanates from the hearts of their beloved.

There is another tree of the same name which grows in the forest. It has large blossoms of a color ranging from pink to dark red. The extract of this Rak tree is jet-black and thick. It is most useful for coating Buddha images before gold leaves are put on. And both the Rak and gold have helped preserve many images to this day.


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Thai Spirit houses

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StoriesAlthough the vast majority of Thais are Buddhist, nearly everyone believes that the physical world is inhabited by spirits. These spirits can cause trouble if not given enough care and attention, and are apt to wreak particular havoc when made homeless.


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Yaowarat Road, Chinatown Bangkok

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StoriesThe country’s main Chinese community in Bangkok or “Chinatown” was not originally located in its present location. In the reign of King Rama I, the Chinese residents were relocated to an area that is known as Sampheng today to make way for construction of the Grand Palace. In the reign of King Rama IV, the area became cluttered as more families arrived.


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Ngew, The last glimmer of the Chinese Opera

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StoriesThe deep-toned by the rolling of the drum together with the sound of the cymbals, the Chinese musical instruments combining with the distinctive and powerful voiced singer are the symbol of the Chinese Opera which is called “Ngew”.

Ngew originally began from China and generating through Thailand since Ayuttaya period perceived in the journal of the French priest and diplomatic corps that came for the cordial relations during the reign of King Narai. Ngew had therefore become well accepted among people ever since.


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