In May, 2011 we left for Thailand following an invitation
from the Kennel Club of Thailand to judge at their show in Bangkok.
After the typical lengthy flight to the Asian Region, we were glad
to arrive in the tropical heat of this beautiful country. Also on
the panel was fellow Canadian judge, Ole Neilson and his wife Barb.
Our hosts, Wanida Busakornnun, President of the Club and her husband
known affectionately as 'Uncle', had arranged a tour of the city and
sites the following day and we were anxious to get on our way.
Our first stop was the Grand Palace, once home of the Royal Family.
The opulence was amazing and incredibly preserved considering the
age and history of the buildings. We also visited an endless indoor
mall where anything you needed was at your fingertips.
At supper that evening, we met our hosts, Wanida and
Uncle at a gorgeous outdoor restaurant built on a lake and thoroughly
enjoyed our introduction to authentic Thai cuisine. Upon returning
to our hotel we ventured to the outdoor pool which was a refreshing
end to a day in the heat. This quickly became a nightly ritual along
with an evening cool beer or glass of wine.
The next day we were taken to an amazing Thai market
which consisted of products in an indoor section and a massive outdoor
market area complete with locally made Thai furniture, fountains,
sculptures etc. The prices were incredibly inexpensive compared to
what they would be once they had made their way to the Canadian market.
Our only problem would be finding room to get it home. We purchased
a gorgeous hand-carved teak wall hanging, teak outdoor lanterns and
hand painted batik wall hangings. Richard was in his element as "Chief
Barterer" and scored awesome deals.
The big day had finally arrived and everyone was up bright and early
as it was the first day of the Shows, They were held at MCC Hall The
Mall Ngamwongwan, Bangkok Thailand, which provided wonderful space
and bright, air-conditioned rings. Along with Richard and Ole, were
judges Yolanda Nagler from Isreal and Matgo Law from Hongkong. The
show was very well run and organized and the quality of the dogs was
very good. There was quite a large entry of Shih Tzu, which were a
pleasure to judge.
The Kennel Club Of Thailand Championship shows were
held on on May 28. Judge Matgo Law chose a handsome Pomeranian AM.TH.CH.GOLDEN
STAR'S TERMINATOR, Breeder/Owner : MR.ANEK SANEHMAHAKUL.
Richard chose the Best Local Bred in Show, Shih Tzu,
TH.CH.OMEGA1 NICKI GO THE DISTANCE, Breeder / Owner : SAVITREE VIRAVAN
Judge Ole Neilsen awarded Best In Show to Siberian Husky
TH.GRAND.CH.MYLA ROCK HUDSON, Breeder : MARIE ANN FALCONER, Owner
: MR.M.URACHA & MR.M.SUPAKORN.
On May 29th, Judge Yolanda Nagler gave Best In Show
at the Kennel Club Of Thailand Championship show to the striking Beagle
TH.AM.CH.PERFECT COMPANION'S HAPPY HOURS, Breeder / Owner : MR.C.PHONGTHEP
& MR.P.PEERAPONG & MR.V.NIRAT.
Richard judged Best In Show at the FCI International Dog Show and
awarded it to Siberian Husky, TH.GRAND.CH.MYLA ROCK HUDSON, Breeder
MARIE ANN FALCONER , Owner : MR.M.URACHA & MR.M.SUPAKORN.
On Monday, Wanida took us to an artisan center where
local craftsman are taught the crafts and techniques of their ancestors.
Afterwards we were taken to see the Thailand elephants and had the
exciting experience to ride these gentle giants. Supper was at a delicious
Chinese restaurant. The food in Thailand was delicious and we decided
to purchase spices to bring home with us.
The next day we experienced one of the "must see's" of Thailand.
We went with Wanida to a Floating Market. Once the main way for locals
to sell their wares, it had become a little more modern but still
held tight to tradition. Piled high with various contents, people
travelled along narrow waterways in a combined labyrinth of homes
and stores mainly built on stilts. As a boat would go by or you would
travel by a stall where something would catch your eye, you would
pull over and the bartering would begin. Our boat driver took us farther
down the waterway into a more residential area of stilted homes on
the edge of the water and then to a temple where we got a chance to
try ancient methods and rituals of Buddhism.
Back at the market, Richard bought Wendy a gorgeous red silk outfit
and we acquired quite a selection of spices.
No trip to Thailand would not be complete without a
trip to the awesome beaches and Wanida brought us to a white sand
pristine location. Richard, Wendy, Ole and Barb also scored a great
'Thai massage on the beach' to cap off a perfect afternoon.
That evening would be our last in Thailand for this trip and to thank
our hosts for their amazing hospitality, we had made a reservation
to have supper on a floating restaurant. Our dinner was served on
an antique rice barge, on the river as we travelled up through the
city to see new sights and the water view of places we had already
visited. It was a beautiful evening and a fitting end to our trip.
We found our experience to Thailand incredible and would have no hesitation
to returning. Many thanks to our hosts, Wanida and Uncle for their
endless hospitality and friendship.