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Subject: Travel & Adventure

PanAsia: Journeys in Asian Cuisine

Host Sian Richards takes viewers on an unforgettable journey across Asia, discovering the histories, cultures and exotic cuisines of China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Released in association with CCI, Releasing, Inc. Programs available on 26 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Click for more

Thailand: Bangkok - The Venice of the East

Thailand: Bangkok - The Venice of the East

Thailand's sprawling capital, Bangkok, lies in the heart of the country's center. It is a city that lives on its canals as much as it lives on its streets, which is why it is referred to as "the Venice of the East." While buses, tuk-tuks, motorcycles and taxis weave impatiently through traffic, host Sian Richards calmly explores the Chao Phraya River by long-tailed boat, the favorite mode of transportation on Thai waterways. Here she passes clever stilt houses, which are built to withstand the monsoon season, on her way to the Aw Tor Kor Market. Sian next visits the jewel in Bangkok's crown, the Grand Palace, one of Thailand's holiest sites. One of the temple's most stunning sites is a golden tower that houses the ashes of Buddha; also located here is the most-revered emerald Buddha. At the Bangkok's Mui Thai Institute, she views trainees learning the ancient martial art of Mui Thai boxing; this is Thailand's national sport and favorite pastime, and every Thai man, woman and child knows the basic boxing moves. Sian then visits the Joe Louis Theatre, where the ancient art of Thai puppetry is being preserved; it dates back over a thousand years. She discovers that performers must train as dancers for seven years before they learn how to use the puppets. Sian meets with Chef Sahard who prepares a classic Thai green curry with prawns as the evening meal. 07/09DE JSCA 30 min.
Also See: Asia 4: Thailand - Bangkok; Thailand: The Magic of Thailand; Thailand: Mr. Yao and the Crocodiles; Thailand: Father Joe (Klong Toey)

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