Category Archives: Bangkok

Victory Monument – Bangkok, Thailand

The other day I posted about this Victory Monument when we visited Bangkok last week. I had searched in google for the history and I found this:

Victory Monument (Thai: อนุสาวรีย์ชัยสมรภูมิ, Anusawari Chai Samoraphum) is a large military monument in Bangkok, Thailand. The monument is located in Ratchathewi district, northeast of central Bangkok, at the center of a traffic circle at the intersection of Phahonyothin Road, Phaya Thai Road, and Ratchawithi Road.
The monument was erected in June 1941 to commemorate the Thai victory in the brief war with the French colonial authorities in Indo-China, which resulted in Thailand annexing some territories in western Cambodia and northern and southern Laos. These were among the territories which the Kingdom of Siam had been forced to cede to France in 1893 and 1904, and patriotic Thais considered them rightfully to belong to Thailand.
In fact the fighting between the Thais and the French in December 1940 and January 1941 had been brief and inconclusive. Only 59 Thai troops were killed, and the final territorial settlement was imposed on both parties by Japan, which did not want to see a prolonged war between two regional allies at a time when it was preparing to launch a war of conquest in South East Asia. Thailand’s gains were less than it hoped for, although more than the French wished to concede. Nevertheless the Thai regime of Field Marshal Plaek Phibunsongkhram decided to celebrate the war as a great victory, and the monument was commissioned, designed and erected within a few months.
This is the history of Victory Monument in Bangkok, Thailand.

Bangkok – First Time Trip

Travelling to different places is amusing at times. We’ve been to different places in the Phil. but it’s first time for us to travel as a family outside of our country. It’s quite interesting and a great experience especially for the kids.

When we reached Bangkok we find it hard at first because the people have a hard time to speak English as their foreign language. We only saw and follow the signs. Anyway, it’s quite interesting for us to see the place and the people.

It’s not so easy especially carrying our bags with our two-year old AJ but we were able to survive. And we found out that Thailand is one hour late in the Phil. We thought we’re already late because we took the connecting flight to Hatyai. But when we reached the domestic airlines we’re still on time and after 5 minutes we flew to Hatyai.

Though people had a hard time to speak in English but they are friendly. They usually smile with a Wai saying “Sawasdee kha!” They are good people. That’s when I learned to love Thailand.