All Hail The King

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London has her Queen and Thailand has her King. And walking around any town in this county, you’ll never forget it, either. Pictures of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej are everywhere, from calendars to framed portraits to fifty foot high tributes to his Royal Majesty. And the people love him. Kind of odd for me to witness such adulation — I’m sort of anti-authoritarian when it comes down to it — but this King has presided over a very prosperous period for Thailand. Word on the street, though, is that the King’s son is quite the deliquent. Today just happens to be Adulyadej’s 80th birthday and many shops are closed in observance. I’m going to guess that many of those same shopowners are hoping for another 80 years of the same.


  1. The king is looking good in his pink suit and styley walker. I love to see Thailand again, even if it isn’t through another’s eyes. Are you on to Cambodia soon? Are you enjoying the beer and backpackers lodging?

  2. yep. the king. everything is about the king. don’t forget to wear yellow on Mondays for him. There’s an amazing biography of him called, The King Never Smiles. He has a habit of re-writing unfavorable history.

  3. Yeah, the King seems pretty dope. Styley, indeed. Unfortunatley I don’t have any yellow 🙂 Thailand was great, but I’m kind of excited to be in Lao now and away from all of the motorized vehicles. And Cambodia looms large on the horizon…Onward!

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