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THAILAND EXPOSED - TRUE FACTS ABOUT THAILAND REVEALED

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The Kingdom of Thailand draws more visitors than any other country in southeast Asia with its irresistible combination of breathtaking natural beauty, inspiring temples, renowned hospitality, robust cuisine and ruins of fabulous ancient kingdoms.

From the stupa-studded mountains of Mae Hong Son and the verdant limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, to the pulse-pounding dance clubs of Bangkok and the tranquil villages moored along the Mekong River, Thailand offers something for every type of traveller.

Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) is an architectural wonder of gleaming, gilded chedi seemingly buoyed above the ground, polished orange-and-green roof tiles piercing the humid sky, mosaic-encrusted pillars and rich marble pediments.

It's quite easy to tour the grounds in a sort of daze, enamoured and confused by Thai Buddhism, and not realise until much later that you didn't see the eponymous figure. Here's why: the Emerald Buddha is only 66cm (26in) high and sits so far above worshippers in the main temple building that the gilded shrine is more striking than the small figure it cradles.

Adjoining Wat Phra Kaew is the Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maharatchawong), a former royal residence (the current monarch lives in Chitralada Palace). The exteriors of the four Grand Palace buildings warrant a swift perusal for their royal bombast.

Thailand is also renowned for its ability to stage spectacular events and splendid festivals.

Thailand?s cultural heritage was influenced by ancient India when the Indian merchants and scholars set foot and gradually settled in Southeast Asia some 2,300 years ago. It continued for several centuries. Buddhist religion and popular myth are the most obvious examples. Much of Thailand?s royal tradition is also rooted in Indian culture.

Towards the end of the 13th century, Khmer power in this area waned and new kingdoms dominated by the Thai race developed, including the northern Lanna kingdom. Beginning by nibbling away at the perimeter of the Khmer empire at Sukhothai and in Lanna some 700 years ago, the Thai race later established the glorious court at Ayutthaya, and eventually Bangkok. Over the past centuries, many peoples, among them the Chinese, Arabs, Malays and Westerners, have contributed to Thailand?s cultural heritage.

Thailand?s majestic cultural heritage inherited over the past centuries was dominated or influenced by many kingdoms encompassing the area including the powerful Khmer. The remains of their cultural heritage can still be seen in many places through out the kingdom.

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So what exactly did you expose here, jerry?

I mean, this is typical guide book stuff that just about anybody who has ever been here knows already.

Thailand Exposed?

You're all bun and no beef.

and no f**king free beers either if memory serves me correctly !!

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The Kingdom of Thailand draws more visitors than any other country in southeast Asia: Not true try philippines or even Hongkong, Singapore

From stupa-studded mountains of Mae Hong Son and the verdant limestone islands of the Andaman Sea, to the pulse-pounding dance clubs of Bangkok and the tranquil villages moored along the Mekong River,

Actually the tranquil villages are on the Laos side of the boarder.

Thailand is also renowned for its ability to stage spectacular events and splendid festivals. Off course with the amount of usless farangs hanging of the good thais we can expect anything

Thailand?s cultural heritage was influenced by ancient India when the Indian merchants and scholars set foot and gradually settled in Southeast Asia some 2,300 years ago. It continued for several centuries. Buddhist religion and popular myth are the most obvious examples. Much of Thailand?s royal tradition is also rooted in Indian culture. Yes it has ask the Forangs that were doped and robed and in fact 1 in serious condition in pattaya

In concluding me and many others usually form the silent minority, but for thenew visitors expect to be able to read the truth, tell me why you dont mention that Even The Australian and New Zealand consulate post warnngs. what about the shootings in Pattaya

ye I love thailand.

Yes I pay much tax in thailand but dont need the **** you try to preach

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aaaaah the love hate relationship that it the knives edge , the ying ang the yang , the paradox and the pleasure and the pain...of expat life in thailand

if you really want to storm up a hornets nest debate why thailand was never colonised........

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if you really want to storm up a hornets nest debate why thailand was never colonised........

A bit of a myth really. It may not have been colonized in the strict sense of that word but it was subject to the decress of the european powers.

It was only spared because it ws compliant with the wishes of the great powers

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So what exactly did you expose here, jerry?

I mean, this is typical guide book stuff that just about anybody who has ever been here knows already.

Thailand Exposed?

You're all bun and no beef.

and no f**king free beers either if memory serves me correctly !!

trust, memory serves.

dear penpal: the same gags that were lame six months ago? increase in lameness geometrically with time to the people who have already seen them.

keep the exposes coming, ther'es not enough tedium in the world. thank god you're doing your part.

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Well thanks for that wonderfully constuctive and informative contribution

Thanks for clogging the forums with another lame ass post. :P

YES. bandwidth is plentiful. yet....

such wanton waste still brings a tear to my eye.

have a heart, ppl. if you need to wank, go to your room, close the door and use the computer for surfing porn instead of posting lame threads.

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i dont get all that. isnt thailandfriends all about love?

YEs love love love and also exposing BS. One thing I always liked about TFs is if you say something thats full of BS someone will tell you :P

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Actually I think this post has underlined the extent to which urself and in this case Eagle have gotten so used to being the last word and thus in your mind authority on just about anything one might post.

In effect u both act like bullies [even though it is water off my back] the symtoms and pattern is the same. Even though that would not be your intention in a concious way that is the sad reality.

You react in such a predictable way and in a pompius know it all smart ass fashion demean urself somewhat by forgetting to have a litte humility and tolerance. This is what happens often when ppl such as urselves spend so much time in here. You develop a weird sense of ownership and resent anyone not conforming to your own way of interacting.

This is a pity as it leads to duller forum area in which ppl gradually lose interest in making posts for fear of the kind of reaction u have offered here. The reality is that it is not important what one thinks of my post but how one reacts to it is as revealing and damning of you guys.

Feel free to given me another laugh!

Alernatively try to rise above ur negatve instincts

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Feel free to given me another laugh!

Alernatively try to rise above ur negatve instincts

or alernatively, try to post something you didnt post six months ago, while pretending to stir things up.

or alternatively, use your spelll checker.

*yawn*

and yeah thanks for the fortune-cookie 'psychoanalysis'.

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i dont get all that. isnt thailandfriends all about love?

YEs love love love and also exposing BS. One thing I always liked about TFs is if you say something thats full of BS someone will tell you :P

So lets be more specific then! Like eaxctly what do u object to?

Someone saying nice things about Thailand [Or are u only allowed to do that?]

The style of writing? As in dramatic headlines -funny as much as anything else- certainly not cynical.

U and Zuesy should ahve a love in as u both know better than everyone right?

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Feel free to given me another laugh!

Alernatively try to rise above ur negatve instincts

or alernatively, try to post something you didnt post six months ago, while pretending to stir things up.

or alternatively, use your spelll checker.

*yawn*

and yeah thanks for the fortune-cookie 'psychoanalysis'.

"six months ago" ????

I REST MY CASE

*YAWN*

Ur so funny

U do amuse me though

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U and Zuesy should ahve a love in as u both know better than everyone right?

hmmm.... seems like you dont even read the bullshit you post (not that i read the bullshit i post, but i dont tip my hand by leaving all the typos in).

if you read your own fortune cookie psycho analysis, seems to me you're guilty of the very bullying you're accusing me of. difference being, i freely admit to being a condescending prick. you dont have the balls, apparently. thanks for the fake generosity though. it was sooo obviously heartfelt.

and please dont think i dont know i'm being a prick when i see a lame attempt at being an "internet celebrity" like your "shocking truth" headlines. and your'e calling *me* predictable? i'll be your mirror, baby...

anyway, enjoy your public wank, can't wait for the next "shocking truth," which i'll probably skip, as you have maxed out my limited attention span.

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