“Behind every great amusement park is a great fan site.” Walt Disney
Siam Niramit’s 80-min musical is a cross between a Disney fantasy and a Broadway production. It tells the colorful history of Thailand and displays the amazing culture of the nation.
When you are in Moscow, you must pay a visit to Bolshoi ballet. When you visit Bangkok, Siam Niramit is a must-see. The theme park is in the center of Bangkok, in the Hwai Khwang district. It features a folk village, a restaurant, and a huge 2,000-seat theater. The stage itself is humongous and holds the Guinness record of being the tallest in the world.
The performance starts at 8:00 PM every night. Visit of the Thai village and service at an international Asian buffet dinner are completed before the show (before it gets dark). Before and after the show, the artists are available, in costume, to let you memorialize the moment, in pictures.
The international visitor is usually taken aback by the magic created on stage. The craft and the pyrotechnic of the crew amount to a digital exploit. The cast is excellent. Having a favorite seating is highly recommended, considering the huge size of the theater. Inside the arena, photography is strictly prohibited.
When the group arrived that evening, they were welcomed by a throng of artists who sang and danced right off the gate. On the façade of the playhouse flashed the name and the logo of the Travel Club “Welcome to Travel O Ganza”.
Ten hours earlier, at 8:00 AM, volunteer physicians and nurses attended the first 4-hour session on the inexhaustible topic of Hypertension. The entire course provides 16-contact hours, valid for CME-CEU credits. The course was taught by university faculty and experienced practitioners, doling their craft in the US.
The overwhelming majority of the travelers preferred the excursion to the Rose Garden, located 40 km west to the city center in Suan Sampran, part of the cultural center in Nakhon Pathom. There, they learned, among other skills, how to build an elephant, with a clay-like material.
At lunchtime, the custom tailors brought back the new dresses and suits for fitting.
Less than an hour later, everyone boarded the buses for a city tour, that ended with a shopping spree at Mah Boon Krong, a six-story mall, on Phayathai Road, famous by its acronym, MBK.
Nightclubs are too many in Bangkok, more plural than they are in New York City. Closed to midnight, upon returning from Siam Niramit, some of the travelers went dancing. Most went to bed.
(O. Robert Jeanlouie, Friday, October 11, 2019)
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