escaping the royal wedding overkill
So William and Kate got married.
We are not really a fan of this royal cum showbiz brouhaha. Since the big announcement of the royal wedding last year, paparazzi started revving-up their lenses, tabloids and broadsheets got busier and television networks all across the globe featured all sorts of shits about this “event of the decade”: from Diana’s engagement ring, Middleton’s modern victorian McQueen dress to how many times the bell will ring after the ceremony. Aack!
So if you are sick of all these hyped news and sensationalized publicity stunts about the nuptial, don’t fret, you are either: (1.) a 1990’s teeny bopper who dedicated most of your teenage life dreaming of being the 6th spice girl and be the prince’s bride. Or (2.) one of the quarter of the world’s population who are sick and tired of the news coverage (the other 50% don’t really care at all… and clueless).
Now that it’s over and the couple might probably be having the royal shag in “who cares where on earth it is“, it is the time for everyone to have our own escape. And since we started it with royal theme, our destination pick is the exotic Kingdom of Siam… Thailand.
Thailand is the only South East Asian country that was not colonized by westerners. And Bangkok’s top destination is the 300 year old Grand Palace, which is open daily unless being used for official functions. And perhaps my favorite part of the complex is its version of the Westminster Abbey, the temple of the Emerald Buddha known as Wat Phra Kaew.
NOTE: There is a strict dress code for visiting the Grand Palace. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand’s most sacred site. Visitors must be properly dressed before being allowed entry to the temple. Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves — no tank tops. If you’re wearing sandals or flip-flops you must wear socks (in other words, forget fashion.) Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders, etc. If you show up at the front gate improperly dressed, there is a booth near the entry that can provide clothes to cover you up properly.
Thailand is one of the most affordable destinations in Asia. One can squeeze a US$ 10 budget per day without compensating fun and delicious street food. London and Bangkok may have royal palaces as common denominator, but other than that everything is a far contrast. Other than Volkswagen car, fresh cheese, 1L of milk and a pair of nike shoes, everything else is at least 60% cheaper in comparison to London’s price tags.
While you recover from the Tara Palmer Tomkinson’s vagina inspired hat trauma, let the calm demeanor and image of the saffron donned monks cleanse your soul from the horror.
Missing the most photographed men in London? Bangkok got their less snob royal guards too.
Escaping the royal wedding hullabaloo is easy, try going somewhere new, where there is a different royal figure to divert and desaturate from the images of Tiggy Legge-Bourke look alike Kate Middleton (yes, Kate got a strong resemblance to the prince’s childhood nanny). Although in Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej is loved and venerated by the Thai people so much that they love having his photo hanged in their houses and business establishments, so do not be surprised that you will see his Royal Highness every where you turn, I’m serious, EVERYwhere you turn.
When I first saw the wedding preparations in a local news, I was not affected at all, so there is this prince and some princess wannabe tying the knot on the 29th of April, so what? That may just be another Disney movie promo for all you know. Someone even asked me about my thoughts about it, and I liberally quoted Paris Hilton “Why should I care? it’s not my wedding!“
I know for a fact that we this is not the last time we will hear about this, so unless you have some sick fetish of stalking those people in a big house, start booking your flights to Bangkok and have a break. And do not forget to bring you handy dandy barf bags, just in case.
Photo from worldblog.msnbc.msn.com
Disclaimer: We are not anti-monarch, we may just be a bit bitter, because we didn’t get an invitation. 😛