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Starting today, 20 locations around Bangkok will transform into cultural learning centres to celebrate the city’s 240th anniversary. Attendees are invited to learn more about Thailand’s unique history and culture through activities and performances held from April 20 – 24 around the city. The events are intended to demonstrate the kingdom’s “soft power,” promote cultural tourism and instil pride among both Thais and foreigners in the country. The Thai government said the celebrations will commemorate Bangkok’s founding on April 21 1782 as well as commemorate King Rama I, the founder of the Chakri dynasty, and all monarchs of the Rattanakosin […]

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Will there be pole dancers shuffling un-erotically?

A tuk-tuk driver waving a soapy/jewellery/tailors pamphlet?

And a street vendor selling fake versions of the western fad of the week?

That's the only Bangkok most westerners know and recognise, me included.

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