Dear foreign visitors

เมื่อเช้าได้มีโอกาสคุยกับเพื่อนนักท่องเที่ยวที่บ่นว่ามาเที่ยวประเทศไทยผิดจังหวะ ก็เลยชงกาแฟนั่งคุยกัน ถือโอกาสแลกเปลี่ยนมุมมอง คุยเสร็จแล้วก็เลยคิดว่าหลายๆคนอาจจะเจอเหตุการณ์เดียวกันที่ต้องสื่อสารสร้างความเข้าใจกับเพื่อนนักท่องเที่ยวต่างชาติ ก็เลยเอาที่คุยกันเมื่อเช้ามาพิมพ์เร็วๆบอกกัน เผื่อใครได้เอาไปดัดแปลงใช้ประโยชน์ได้บ้าง ขออภัยที่ภาษาอังกฤษผมอาจจะไม่เป๊ะๆ แต่ก็ถือว่าฝรั่งฟังรู้เรื่อง ไวยกรณ์พลาดไป สะกดผิดบ้างก็มองๆข้ามไปล่ะกัน 🙂

อนุญาติให้ แก้ไข ดัดแปลง ประยุกต์ใช้ และ ส่งต่อ ได้นะครับ …. คนล่ะไม้คนล่ะมือช่วยๆกันสร้างความเข้าใจให้กับประเทศไทยในยามที่เราต้องช่วยๆกัน …

First of all, I appreciates your time and resources you plan to spend here in Thailand and thank you for choosing Thailand as your holiday destination. I understand your disappointment that you can’t enjoy holiday in the atmosphere you has expected. We don’t want it to happen this way as much as and even much more than  you do.

Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa of Kolkata, Mahatma Gandhi, John F. Kennedy, Pope John Paul II,  Abraham Lincoln and many more, these great people left us only once and the same for our beloved King Bhumibol the great.

I once was a world traveler. I visited 35 countries. Among those 35 countries, I lived in 7 countries. I never have a chance to be in a nation with tremendous lost of their great people. What I try to say is that you may look at the bright side of the circumstance, i.e. in business we say convert threat to opportunity.

I can guarantee. There are so many things here you will never see, experience, touch or feel in your life time. You can tell stories you experienced here over and over to your children for years to come.

People wear black all over the country. Thousand of thousand people stand on the road in the sun all day and queue up several kilometer long just to be “close” to his beloved king coffin for just one minute. “Close”, here, means almost 100 meters from the coffin! You see strangers cry, hug and comfort each other in the dark.

People come out cook, lend hands, give away water and first aids, offer a bike ride and many more for free for people whom come to pay respect to the King. 2 little boys with trash cans walk around and clean up the place where people queue up. Many people come out and offer whatever services they can, no matter how little those services may be.

The decoration, royal ceremony, pictures, wording and more … all of these things will never happen in you life time to experience for yourself. See them for your eyes, touch them, feel them, take pictures, clips, selfies …

Yesterday evening, on the way to pay respect to my beloved king, 1800 hrs at Taksin BTS station, Thai national anthem was broadcast. We all stood still as usual. One foreign mother stood up but her 10 years old boy didn’t. She asked him to stand up and explained. I stood beside them, close enough to hear their conversation. The boy asked his mother why he has to be in black-and-white (boring) country for his holiday. The mother explained him almost the same I explained you.

Last but not least, you can still enjoy your time the way you want but in your private space. Outdoor entertainments may be limited but the indoors are still quite active. Alcohol and expected fun things are still available however please enjoy them in a respect way to Thai people, meaning do it in private, not invite Thai, dress properly in public, mind your language a bit if engaged in conversation about our King, etc.

Surely, historical places, nature scenes and much more are always waiting for you to visit and experience as usual.

With love and enjoy your time in Thailand …

 

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