I was twelve years old when I first experienced Thailand. I landed in Bangkok after 15 hours in transit and was hit by the sheer magnitude of the city’s capital. Home to over 8 million people, Bangkok occupies approximately 1,568.7 square kilometers (605.7 sq. mi) in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand. It was by far the biggest city I’d ever been to and found myself mesmerized—and let’s be honest, slightly overwhelmed—by the energy of the city.
During out stay, we rode in Tuk Tuks that weaved in and out of traffic; we visited temples with towering Buddhas; shopped at floating markets touting food I’d never seen before. The colors, the people, the culture.. It was an eye-opening introduction to the world, one that made a lasting impression.
For those yet to have the pleasure, The Royal Thai Consulate-General New York recently hosted its annual "Experience Thailand" at Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City. It brings together a sampling of the best Thailand has to offer with everything from authentic food booths to Muay Thai demonstrations. This year, a series of fashion shows introduced Manhattan to both established and a new generation of Thai designers as well as a made-in-Thailand marketplace similar to one you would find in Bangkok featuring Thai food products, Thai orchids and custom fragrances.
The event is also supported by Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Thai Trade Office, Board of Investment (BOI), Bank of Thailand, Bangkok Bank, Thai Airways International and Conrad Hotel who were there to provide information and materials for those interested in tourism and business in Thailand. Produced by Last Stop Media, you’ll want to bookmark www.Thaicgny.com for more great tips and events coming up. — ANGELA GILLTRAP