• Tuesday, April 03, 2007

    Flights booked and changing names...

    The journey back home has turned up a gear, a flight has been booked. So now we have as far as Turkey confirmed, just need to sort out the best route from there. Several options available involving land and sea.

    Looking like we might be off to Laos this weekend. Vientiane and Luang Prabang being the main focus. Whilst I'm happy to go I've got so many things to do here I'd rather stay but the wife wants some "quality" time with the daughter and I before we head off. Any recommendations as regards accommodation? Can't help feeling a beach trip would be better at the moment given the heat here.

    There's been a suggestion that whilst the current junta are re-writing the constitution they could perhaps look into reverting the name of the country back to Siam. I must say I think that is a great idea. Re-branding is definitely what this place needs at the moment. The old name of Siam (first coined by a Brit) served happily as the country's name for about three or four hundred years until a military dictator (Phibun Songkran, who also declared war on Thailand's allies Britain and the US) renamed the country in 1932.

    After he was removed Siam was restored for a few years and then another military ruler changed it back to the old new name of Thailand. Personally I think Siam sounds more mysterious, and gives it that special je ne sais quoi. Anyway, I doubt very much if anything will come of this.

    Flights booked and changing names...

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    2 Comments:

    Blogger Bart said...

    Ah ah :D
    I'm sure they will come up with some new name like Siaem or Mueang Siam :D

    This won't be a "je ne sais quoi" but a "n'importe quoi"! :)

    10:16 pm  
    Blogger Life Out East said...

    Arghh yes, the spelling conundrum that is causing so much fuss here. It seems that a Thai word written in English should be as far removed from the actual pronunciation as possible to be correct. Now that's logic.

    3:47 pm  

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