And you? He holds their chairs and opens the menus before presenting them, all the time smiling and making warm eye contact. He could have one or the other on his salary, but not both. As he pours their water and gently lays their napkins across their laps, his gaze flits over the heads of the Japanese girls to the bay, to the shadows of almost a hundred masts rapidly lengthening across the flat water as the sun goes down.
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Miss Miyagisan orders spaghetti with meat sauce for them both, and some sweet drinks from the bar. Thamanoon takes the order into the kitchen as quickly as he can and still maintain decorum.
He stands by the bar and waits for their drinks and watches the sky turning red over the ocean. He can see hundreds of cars and buses lined up on the lookout point at Phrom Thep Cape, and streaks of crimson run down the masts of the windmills at the government power station. When he brings them their drinks the Japanese girls are each staring into a compact mirror and applying snowy white powder to their faces.
He arrives at the table, places the tall glasses topped with fruit and paper umbrellas onto the starched linen tablecloth, smiles at each of them and retreats.
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At no point does he make any sound. The girls each take out slim cigarettes, light them, toss their hair once, and taste their drinks. They judge the drinks acceptable and begin to talk in rapid giggles. Thamanoon is watching anxiously now. The sunset is magnificent, and the tourists on the lookout point are taking pictures; in the dimming light Thamanoon can see the flashes of their cameras. The eastern sky is darkening and a stillness has fallen, the sea is dead calm now without a breath of wind, and despite the vaulted ceilings and open walls on three sides it seems stuffy in the restaurant.
Thamanoon hears the bell from the kitchen and fairly jumps to get the orders. He has no thoughts of the new motorcycle now, no thoughts of marriage or his job or the boxing match that he will watch on TV later. His whole world, for this moment, is the bay and the boats. And as the sun disappears below the horizon, and the long lines of buses and cars begin to creep down the mountain from Phrom Thep Cape, the wind picks up again. But now the wind is from offshore, and the windmills and then all the boats turn to face it, the lighter boats first and then the larger ones, swinging around degrees on their anchor chains like a flock of birds wheeling in the sky.
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And Thamanoon is rooted to the spot, oblivious to the Japanese girls calling for more drinks, as in the bloody glow of the dying sun all the beautiful boats are dancing just for him. A man walked into a small tavern on Soi Bangla on the afternoon of an especially hot day in the dry season. He stood in the door a moment and allowed his eyes to grow accustomed to the dim light, wiping sweat off his face with the tail of his Tintin On Phuket T-shirt.
When he could make out shapes in the gloom he felt his way across the room and sank gratefully onto a stool at the bar. Would you like something to drink? She looked red-eyed and frazzle-haired, but she was wide awake in a moment and making motions at straightening her clothes. Her name was Noi, and she was 45 years old. Ten years before, Noi had been a fairly well known actress in Bangkok, starting out playing the ingenue on TV dramas. But when they started to cast her as the older sister, then as the scorned wife, and finally as the mother, she turned her energies to producing.
She had some success putting together commercials for some of the larger ad agencies, then one day disaster struck. She had paid for the production of a deodorant spot with post-dated checks, as is not uncommon in the industry. Enjoy a pleasant swim in the sparkling outdoor pool, lounge on the riverside sundeck with a drink in hand, or work all your stresses away in the fitness center. Pamper yourself at the tranquil on-site spa, then unwind with a pre-dinner cocktail on the outdoor terrace.
Indulge in mouthwatering cuisine at one of eight uniquely elegant on-site restaurants. After an exciting day, head up to your spacious, comfortable room and feel yourself fall into a state of pure relaxation. Take a look out your window at the stunning nighttime view, then close the curtains and unwind. Today you will explore three Buddhist temples in Bangkok on a half-day tour. Said to date back as far as the early 13th century, the figure is as impressive as valuable.
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It is regarded as the first center of public education, decorated in mural paintings, statues, and inscriptions. Intellectuals gather there to discuss a variety of subjects such as literature, astronomy, geology, meditation, and more. Last but certainly not least is a temple that employs the delicate combination of Italian Carrara marble with classical Thai architecture to create the lovely and unique Wat Benchamabophit.
Boasting 53 Buddha images and beautiful lotus flower-filled canals that can be crossed by footbridges. The river and canals can conveniently be explored by public transport or via a traditional long-tailed boat.
The tour will finally take you to Wat Arun Temple of Dawn , a famous Chao Phraya riverbank landmark, which is best known for its porcelain encrusted central sparkling pagoda. After a wonderful tour, you will be brought back across the river to the main starting point.
Begin today with a tour of the world-famous floating market of Damnern Saduak, a heady mix of sights, sounds, and smells. This is modern Bangkok at its heart. Walk and haggle through the famous floating markets of Thailand. A narrow canal became the foundation of the Damnoen Saduak Market where food, produce, and souvenir shops bob along the water. This tour will also bring you to the Nakorn Pathom, home to the highest Chedi and to the largest pagodas in Southeast Asia. Open Wednesday to Sunday, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the best experiences in Bangkok and is well worth exploring.
Among the largest markets in the world, Chatuchak sells everything from antiques to clothing to home decor. Mr Mor is always happy to stop. Just make sure you are not running out of time - if you spend ages in one place you might have to miss something else off your itinerary. Hope this helps. This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one. We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.
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