THE TRUE MAJESTY AND BEAUTY OF THAILAND – I think any foreigner who lives in Thailand will openly admit that living here can be problematic at times.
During my life I have lived in a number of countries but for the last 37 years I have decided to make Thailand my home.
Born in Devonshire, England in 1938, I graduated from university with an engineering degree and set to work for a number of oil companies. I am of course well into my retirement now but during my working years I worked almost exclusively in and around South East Asia.
I pretty much made Thailand my base at the age of 38; and when not working would stay for extended periods of time exploring this stunning and majestic country.
I’ve read a number of articles on meebal.com and there have been many valid points made but I honestly feel that most foreigners living in Thailand really don’t know Thailand at all. Yes they are mostly aware of the politics, the scams and the corruption of which much of it is debated over a Singha beer or three with a young Thai girl within arm’s reach.
No, I am not attempting to admonish anyone but rather state a simple fact. Of all the foreigners I’ve met here over the years less that 10% of them have ever bothered to explore Thailand; that is leave the areas full of night life, such as Phuket, Krabi, Pattaya and Bangkok and head out north, east, south and west to the National Parks and tropical jungles.
If you truly want to experience Thailand at its best then you have to almost turn your back on civilization and head into the wild for there you will not only discover the real Thailand but you will be afforded time to reflect upon yourself and dare I even venture to say, discover yourself.
I’ve read a number of articles on meebal.com as I’ve stated and I’ve read some of the readers’ comments. I have to say that I am enormously surprised that the editor / moderator doesn’t get overly irate although I have noticed he or she is not adverse to replying to disparaging comments.
Some of the comments are quite vile but looking at the ‘About Us’ page of meebal.com I now fully understand and appreciate why the comments are not moderated – as the editor points out we all have a voice and a right to express our opinion; no matter how narrow minded it might be.
Again, I’m not picking sides here but I do implore foreigners living here to take time away from the bright lights, bars, attractions and amusements and travel around Thailand for you will see a completely different side to the country and the enormous differences in people and their attitudes; not just towards farangs (a Thai expression for foreigners) but also towards life itself.
Never once, in all my travels in Thailand, have I been threatened or indeed felt intimidated. I have walked through a number of tiny villages and the Thais always appear happy to see me and whilst they have little themselves they will invariably offer me food, water and shelter – this is the true nature of a Thai and something that is very hard to find in other countries.
In order to help open your eyes to the wonders of Thailand I have included a video. It’s nearly 50 minutes long, and produced by National Geographic, but if you care to spend the time with a nice cup of tea or even an ice cold beer then you will be truly enlightened to the incredible beauty of Thailand.
Thailand’s tourism authority has often been slated for its ‘Amazing Thailand’ marketing slogan but when you do watch the video you will finally understand how apt the slogan is and that Thailand, when you do open your eyes, really is an amazing country full of exceptional people.
As far as foreigner expatriates are concerned we are all living here for varying reasons but let us not forget the reasons we are here for rarely, despite the amount of complaining and moaning, will you rarely come across a farang who wants to go back to the country from which they left.
Relax and enjoy the video and then see about organizing a trip or two – you will be truly amazed at the beauty and majesty of Thailand.