We took a train and stopped at Thailand Cultural Central Terminal and from there, a shuttle van was already waiting to take the visitors to the Siam Niramit building for free. We were among the early birds and it was still very early, about 5:15 p.m., and we were wondering what we should we do to kill time as the show would only start at 8:00 p.m. but we just made our entry.
We only bought the performance tickets. There was another package which included Thai dinner. I asked and was informed that the food was not halal.
Once inside we knew, how wrong we had been. We were surprised as there were a lot of things to see before the show started. We spent almost 3 hours while waiting for the performance to start but it was worth the wait. Therefore, if you are planning to come here, make sure you come as early as possible. (The ticket counter opens at 5:00 p.m.)
There was this Thai Village, a mini village which consisted houses of different provinces built according to the real scale. There were people in each of the house, either carrying out the traditional activities - or demonstrate and give explanation to the visitors.
The Thai folks were making crackers from rice that was pound, fried and mixed with grated coconut. We could take and eat the snacks for free. (We were quite hesitant at first.)
There was another spot where visitors were allowed to sample the dessert prepared and it was fresh from the (traditional) oven. I must say this one was very tasty indeed - sweet, salty and milky, just like our home-made sweet pancake (translate: lempeng).
There was even a small plot of land cultivated with paddy. That is one reason you have to be here earlier when the surrounding is not yet dark to see the village.
This is just the beginning. There is so much to tell of this place, I have to break this entry into three parts. Do come back for its continuation in Part 2 and Part 3.