Siam Niramit

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Greeter at Siram Niramit
The show at Siam Niramit \was spectacular in its scope, special effects, and portrayal of Thai culture. The show is kind of a blend between Las Vegas show and opera. The opening scene has an elephant going across the stage carrying the ancient king. Children are also playing and chasing real goats. In a later act, the elephant carries people as it moves through the main aisle of the audience. The effect I like most as when a sculpture in the wall magically turns real and dances before turning back to stone. The portrayal of the fiery hell was also well done and really gave one a sense of the torment imposed there.

My only complaint is that the company had the driver pick me up very early, so I had to eat at the buffet, wander and sit to kill a couple of hours before the show actually started. About 30 minutes before the show started, perfomers came outside and did some dances. My favorite was the ones dressed like colorful roosters that "fought" each other through dance while other performers encouraged them and made bets. It was very well done!

I recommend this show to those that want to get a sense of the Thai culture & beliefs as well as those that like a good show. The price was reasonable, too.

When we returned from Siam Niramit, the streets were heavy with traffic. Many teens were riding through the street and throwing water and flour on others. Some were just dancing along the road. It was fun to watch them enjoy their celebration.
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Thai village after monsoon and everything is flooded.
Today was the first time I've seen anyone in my hotel area actually shooting water guns and dousing people with water. I was not immune...I hadn't walked a few yards before some teens sprayed me with water. I made it about five blocks away to the restaurant without further incident. When I left the restaurant, I was just buying my own water gun from a street vendor when a tuk tuk full of young adults drove buy and really sprayed me, soaking my hair, sunglasses and bodice. A couple of blocks later, I found a lady with a barrel of water and a hose and she filled my water gun for me. Another block and I found some little kids to spray. They weren't content to spray me with guns and splashed bowls of water on me. I think I only had a tiny bit of dress on my left side that wasn't soaked! I was too busy trying to get them back with my own water gun to bother taking photos. Back at the spot where I got the first dousing were two little boys with guns. I got them first...one followed me almost to my hotel and would spray me every time I turned my back. What a nice way to celebrate a holiday and have harmless fun in the process.
bcbusdriver says:
I felt the same way about a show I saw in Phuket. They get you there so early you have to eat the very average buffet and look around the tacky gift shops.
Posted on: Apr 17, 2009
X_Drive says:
So the next time you go out you'll always carry a squirt gun?!? I can somehow picture you with a huge water tank rolling along behind you with a hose connected to this squirt blaster that sprays a gallon a squirt at the pull of the trigger and repeats like an AK47 as long as your finger stays on the trigger. And we wonder why there is a lack of water in this world!! :D
Posted on: Apr 13, 2009
One of the performers.
Rather than sit in my room all day tomorrow and having seen all the popular sites, I just signed up for another cooking class at a different school. It's very close to my hotel (walking distance) and is called the Silom Thai Cooking School. The class runs from 9am to 1pm and includes a trip to the market to buy the ingredients. The school was recommended in my Bangkok City Guide by Lonely Planet. It will be interesting to compare the techniques learned in this class with the one on Thursday at Bai Pai. At the Silom Thai Cooking School, I will learn to make:
The class includes:
  • Market Tour and Lecture on Thai food and ingredients
  • Learn traditional Thai food prep techniques
  • Making Homemade Curry Paste
  • Cooking rice & sticky rice
  • Making the coconut milk
  • Learn to Cook and assemble all Dishes Yourself!
  • Eat your food
  • Get Recipes for all dishes cooked
It's also cheaper than Bai Pai.
Two performers - one a monkey and the other a pheonix.
I will keep you posted about my opinion of the different schools. I might also sign up for a class at the Epicurean Kitchen on Friday since I have all day to kill before I fly out in the late evening. Epicurean Kitchen makes packaged foods under the name Simply Asia and sold in the USA.

On another note, my doctor in the states called me to talk about my concerns over my right foot and leg. She believes that my fall combined with long hours walking and on my feet caused more edema and the edema caused the bruising...especially since it now appears to be subsiding having kept it elevated and off my feet over the past day and a half. If it looks like the my foot turns blue even more and bruising gets worse, then I'm to return to the hospital and have them do an sono for a blood clot called deep vein thrombosus (let's hope that's not it).

I have all day to do nothing until I go to the dinner and show tonight at Siam Niramit.

Itinerary until I leave:
  • Today - April 14th: 5:15pm, pick-up from lobby to go to Siam Niramit for show and dinner; home around 11pm
  • Tomorrow - April 15th: Cooking class at Silom Thai Cooking School from 9am-1pm; meet-up with momiji
  • Thursday - April 16th: Cookng class at Bai Pai from 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Friday - April 17th: Possible cooking class at Epicurean Kitchen from 9:30am-1pm; depart hotel for airport around 8pm; leave Bangkok around 10:50pm.
    Thai village


Greeter at Siram Niramit
Greeter at Siram Niramit
Thai village after monsoon and eve…
Thai village after monsoon and ev…
One of the performers.
One of the performers.
Two performers - one a monkey and …
Two performers - one a monkey and…
Thai village
Thai village
Thai Village
Thai Village
Thai village
Thai village
Bananas
Bananas
Silk worms
Silk worms
Thai dress from northern Thailand.
Thai dress from northern Thailand.
A mahout getting a lift.
A mahout getting a lift.
Thai performers in costume
Thai performers in costume
Dancers with big heads.
Dancers with big heads.
A dancer rests after a performance.
A dancer rests after a performance.
Dancer dressed like a fish awaitin…
Dancer dressed like a fish awaiti…
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