The southernmost Province of the Kingdom is Narathiwat. A Muslim insurgency killed over 3.500 people since the Millennium by bombings, arson and gunfire. Tourism died out completely, but an ancient craft is preserved by few fishermen here. The former Kingdom of Pattani was once famous for skilled boat builders and the decoration of the wooden vessels is very colorful. Only few carpenters can build these today locally and the finishing touches of one in the making, we documented for you. Narathiwat remains our favorite province for their great beaches and the treasures of nature there. Some of this culture will vanish without a lot of traces, as Korlae boats have a shorter lifespan than industrially manufactured plastic, metal or glassfiber boats. Siampedia offers login-free photo reports, one has been produced to cover Narathiwat: http://blog.siampedia.org/?p=232
Ever driven through a traffic jam on a small motorcycle? The joyride costs under a Dollar, but watch your kneecaps! Under an inch is standard for distance to pickups, cars and vans - this Siampedia clip gives you an insightful view of such a public transport. Accidents happen frequently and to videotape whilst riding is a balance act we don't recommend to tourists.
Bangkok - The "City of angels". On the 59th floor, the Vertigo Restaurant sits on top of the Banyan Tree Hotel on Sathorn Road. It is conveniently located in the CBD. Siampedia recommends to every tourist and newcomer in the city at least to have one drink or cocktail at Vertigo at this fabulous 5-Star rooftop bar. It is easy to get there and is quite near to the Lumphini and Patpong entertainment zones. For further insidertipps on this metropolis, check http://www.siampedia.org - the unbiased report site for Thailand and surrounding countries! Totally login-free :)
Arrive, if possible, before dawn. That will give you the opportunity to see Bangkok from above in fading daylight and the night lights of this gleaming capital as well. Bring casual shoes, flip-flops are not allowed! The song is a sung version of Bangkoks Thai name Krungthep Mahanakorn (Full lyrics make it the longest name for a city in the world!)