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Thailand (Day 1)

This is what I had seen when I visited in Thai, Vietnam and Cambodia, how I felt about three countries.

Thailand

This is what I had seen when I visited in Thai, Vietnam and Cambodia, how I felt about three countries.01

Day 1

We visited SIMESE PRAGON SUPER MARKET and the most I like that place was under “Ocean world “, feeling like as if I were under the ocean, 3D moving was also nice for our vision. When I saw all their animals under the sea, I did not believe it myself that there were many kinds of living beings under the sea and I thought as if I were in the tunnel under the sea.

And we visited Royal Palace and Emeral Buddha. We are most interested to change the guard at Royal palace.

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Day 2

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We visited Dream World by Taxi, That place was the children’s Amusement park.   The most what I like was the snow town .When we were in that room, we felt very cold and pleasant. We never had that kind of weather in our country, Myanmar. So I thought to be in the northern side of the world. I was very surprised that I were in England where was always about minus 5’ during the winter time covering with snow and ice. So it was one of the most enjoyable places for all children.

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Siam Niramit is a world-class performance of Thailand’s arts and cultural heritage. Set in the heart of Bangkok affording convenient access by MRT subway and major thoroughfares, this must-see spectacular is performed on the gigantic stage now listed in the Guinness World Records, featuring over 150 performers with as many as 500 costumes. On top of this, enhanced special effects with the world’s most advanced technology are used to produce a stimulating, very realistic and inspiring experience. This is a Journey to the Enchanted Kingdom of Thailand that no one can miss.

The Acts
Act 1: Journey back into history
Act 2: Journey Beyond Imagination: The Three Worlds: Hell, Himapaan Forest and Heaven
Act 3: Journey Through Joyous Festivals.

Day3

06We visited Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand. I saw many tourists enjoying and seeing old pagodas in that place. Comparably, it was nothing for me to see only those pagodas in Ayutthaya. Because my birth place, Bagan is very rich civilization people witnessed 11centuray monuments of stupas and temples. There are totally over 2000 pagodas and temples remaining. The most importance functions to see at Bagan ; three arts  painting, sculpture and architecture.

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Day4

0508We visited Pan Tip plaza, Platinum Shopping Mall and the wholesale market. The Pantip plaza is especially to buy electronic and computer. The wholesale market is especially buy fashion accessories. The prize was quite cheaper than Yangon.

Then we went to the airport and flied to Vietnam, Hochimin city.

Day 5

Vietnam

09We just stayed at hotel because we felt stomachache. At 7:00 PM,  we went to watch Water Puppet  a unique art which has it origin in the delta of the Red river in the tenth century. The farmers in this region devised a form of entertainment using what natural medium they can find in their environment. In ancient times, the ponds and the rice paddies after harvest were the stage for these impromptu shows. This art form is unique to North Vietnam and only finds its way to the world stage in recent years as a result of the normalized relation with the West.
Modern, water puppetry is performed in a pool of water with the water surface being the stage. The puppeteers stand behind a screen and control the puppets using long bamboo rods and string mechanism hidden beneath the water surface. The puppets are carved out of wood and often weigh up to 15 kg. A traditional Vietnamese orchestra provides background music accompaniment. Singers of Cheo (a form of opera) with origin in north Vietnam sing song which tell the story being acted out by the puppets.

The theme of the skits is rural and has a strong reference to Vietnamese folklore. It tells of day-to-day living in rural Vietnam and Vietnamese folk tales that are told by grandparents to their grandchildren. Stories of the harvest, of fishing and of festivals are highlighted. Legends and national history are also told through short skits.

Day 6

10The Tour Guide, Mr. Toy from Pandaw cruise came to the hotel and picked up us to see the General Post Office and Vietnam lacquerware factory. The Vietnamese lacquerware is big different with our lacquerware products. They use mostly chemical black color, spray to products and then dry the wares outside.  After drying, they polish them with sand paper, and spray again. They do the same way for about five times. One week later, they finish basic black color and they paint color not only with brush also decorate with mother of pearl underneath glue. To make the whole product, it lasts only for about one month.

Our Bagan lacquerware have to make for about six months to finish the whole process. We use organic lacquer sap from tree ( Melononia usitata   ) and apply over the wares by hand. Then we usually put the wares inside the underground where is always constant temperature. The wares need to dry for about 4 days in the underground. After then we coat another layers of lacquer over the wares depend on quality how much we should have. After lacquer layers, we make traditional designs with a needle over the wares.11

If we paint them by spray, we cannot make them with the needle for several designs.

We need to make them for good designs and beautiful color. Spraying may need 10 times of layers to paint and dry in the underground.

If we paint them with a brush by color, they are not needed to make many layers. Our Bagan style in lacquerware making is unique in the World. We are itching with needle over the lacquerware items. But the people at Bagan are still doing in traditional ways and items.

The Vietnames lacquerware items are mostly modern designs and items which can be useful every day. Moreover they have French designers and modern items, some are abstract designs.

I bought some from that lacquer factory.

Day 7

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Today Miss Bee from Pandaw office comes and takes us sightseeing to go to the Reunification Hall, and she explains me about her family and Vietnam history. I listened to her grandparents’ story, because she said to. It was very interesting and also made us sad about the Vietnam War.

Her Grandfather was a chief of accounting officer in South Vietnam government, when South Vietnam failed, her grandfather was died in prison, and her grandma had got six children and the oldest one is 15 years only and the youngest one is fifteen months only at that time. Her grandma was a very strong woman and she started life without a husband and fight for life with a big struggle. However all children were growing well as educated persons.

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After Reunification Hall, we continue to visit War Museum of Remnants and all are historical photos inside museum and weapons from Vietnam War. The tiger caves are witness from American military done very cruel to Vietnamese.

All photos are big witness for a new generation. I felt that I am afraid of war.

VIETNAM WAR

Vietnam people —— five million people lost their lives

America people ——– 58226 lost their lives

Financial cost from American ——– 150 billion dollars

Vietnam War time Line,

1965 —-1968 the jungle years

1969 —- 1975 the battle end

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After Vietnam War, the American government made sanction to Vietnam communist economy. The country got poor at that time.

The Vietnam government started to discuss the progress of their economy and started to open in 1988. But they were really successful to open and stop sanction from American and EU in 1995.

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From 1995 to 2009 Vietnam had got a big progress in their economy. Hochimin city was under the construction and the new buildings were everywhere.

The tour guide explains me about the present time of Vietnam government. Today the government makes a great praise to the educated persons. Moreover they always accept some suggestions from the Master of Business who graduated from America or Western countries though they appointed the excellent warriors who can be a minister in old days. Our Myanmar has a similar story like Vietnam. We should look out Vietnam economics’ route and situation.


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