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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Bangkok Thailand: A Royal Valentine

We’re back in Bangkok, on a two-day stopover en route to Bombay India. Although we didn’t plan for this, we are spending yet another holiday at the Nai Lert Park Swissotel. We celebrated Halloween here, and today we got to see how the Thais celebrate Valentine’s Day: think lots of roses and teddy bears, hmmm, just like the US.

Besides visiting the Erawan Temple and doing some shopping, we were privy to a visit by the Crown Prince of Thailand, HRH Maha Vajiralongkorn his wife HRH Princess Mom Srirasmi Mahidol na Ayuthaya and infant son HRH Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti who are the Thai equivalent to Chuck, Di and Wills. Seems they are having a romantic Valentine’s getaway at the Nai Lert with their entire entourage, including the royal poodle, who was dressed in a fetching pink and white striped sweater and was carried in by an army officer. It was a pretty exciting affair with scores of police, secret service and pomp and circumstance. We’re staying on the same floor as the royal family, so in case we see them again I need to work on my curtsey, which has all the grace of a bobbing goose!


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