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    Thailand : The Land of Smiles

    Thailand is often called the “land of smiles,” not only because visitors love its natural beauty and historical riches, but also because of the country’s friendly people and fascinating culture. This program is purposely non-narrated, allowing the viewer to focus on the images and sounds of the country, its places and its people. Our visual journey into Thailand begins about 45 miles north of Bangkok in the ancient city of Ayutthaya, which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong; it was once the capital of Thailand for 417 years and today is one of the country’s major tourist attractions; it boasts numerous magnificent ruins, including the Ancient Palace, which was originally built by the first king. Thailand is a Buddhist nation, and because Buddhist values are such a part of daily life here, temples, monasteries and Buddha images are seen everywhere. Next we visit Pattaya; located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, it is a very popular center of tourism visited by millions yearly. 30 miles away is the Sriracha Tiger Zoo, an incredible animal kingdom where we see piglets that sleep with a mother tiger; also we see crocodiles, the “Scorpion Queen” and an Elephant Museum. Next we visit world famous Phuket with its glorious beaches, unrivaled marine life, performing elephants, a monkey that gathers coconuts, and delicious cuisine. For a slower pace we travel next to the relaxed east coastal towns of Cha-am and Hua Hin, elegant, well-established beach destinations, where we too find beautiful waterfalls and natural beauty, and the Sasi Garden Theater, which presents a genuine “Taste of Thai Culture and Tradition.” Lastly, we indulge in the secluded and luxurious world of Chiva-Som, a private resort that provides everything to assure health and relaxation.

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