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Ayutthaya Trip

I asked my student this question this morning: "How does a real Thai look?"

She looked at me for almost 30 seconds and gave me this indirect answer: "Most fo the Thais that we have here in school are Thai-Chinese." I pressed on: "Come over here and tell me if any of these two girls look Thai-Thai (I showed her this picture). Without any hesitation she said that the one in blue is.

Thais are of mixed blood. Most of the people in Bangkok are Thai-Chinese (the lady in green certainly is). The authentic Thais are in Isan in the northeastern part of Thailand. There are other mixed races such as Thai-Cambodian, Thai-Lao, Thai-Burmese, etc.

These two girls were hired by the Bangkok Photographic Society to be our models during our whole day trip to Ayutthaya this weekend. Get use to their faces as you'll get to see more of them these coming days. This picture was outside of the formal photo session. While the setting was being set-up,I requested them to pose for me. Their beauty and radiance was registered amidst the rich green foliage. Symbolically, this is what Thailand is now: United in diversity amidst the backdrop of good economy and governance.

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