The River of Kings, Bangkok
At the closing of the musical, we were all treated to some nice fireworks.
During the following nightly performances, when we were having dinner at the Supatra House, which is across the otherside of the river, we saw the beautiful fireworks again!!! what a treat!
The performance central theme as said by the chaiperson Princess Ubolratana is
'Giving is the Greatest Virtue' and to give out the goodness of the heart is the only way to save Himabana and the world
The picture shows puppets. They were quite extraordinary puppets - a cross between the traditional Japanese buraku puppets and modern puppets you see in sporting events.
For thee Japanese buraku puppets, puppeteer stands behind it and control
while the modern ones, aperosn gets into the puppet and wore long stilts.
These puppets also wore Thai costumes!!!
Favorite thing: The story line is based on the Himabana Forest, a limbo that connects Heaven and Earth. It is a classical story fantasy with the magic lotus, which symbolises rightuousness which starts to lose its brilliant glow as unjust men gain power and the citizen look indifference.
The River of Kings musical, this year 2003 is running the 4th edition. It is a puppet show with computer generated graphics nonto a 40 meter wide sheet of water. It is a splendid musical for the children to enjoy,
We joined the musical part of the hotel arrangement. For THB 2300 it included a Thai set dinner on board of a renovated rice barge, and we sailed along the river while dining. After that the boat stopped at a pier where we walked towards the Grand Palace for ours seats. From there we noticed another company, RiverSun which was a modern huge boat airconditioned and dining facility indoor, and ontop of the boat is the staggered seats for them to watch the musical.It was quite interesting for them to watch from a floating boat seats but we had seats pretty closed up.
Fondest memory: The annual event is at Ratchaworadit Pier, close to the Grand Palace, and is held around early February,
This year's story is based on the Fantasy of Forest, very much inspired by the Lion King show. Ther was more than 150 perfor5mers and at least 300-odd crew. The show lasted a bit more than an hour.
The music although in Thai is translated into English via a headset provided upon request.
We stayed at the Marriott - by the river and they have a shuttle boat to transfer us from the hotel to Sathorn pier or another route to Oriental pier then to Rivercity....all this for free...so I guess even if you are not a hotel guest - you can actually travel on it as if you are - nobody is going to question you and it is rather a nice derstressing ride on the boat.
Fondest memory: There are of course organised river cruises with lunch or dinner or even cocktail drinks to watch the sunset etc. The Marriotts run the Manorha cruise which is an old converted rice barge - quite luxurious up and down the river. On this time of the year, and for the 4th successive year, there is a musical play The River of Kings held at the Ratchaworadit Pier
The River of Kings performance is a part of the cultural program to promote tourism in Thailand,
initiated by Princess Ubolrattana, in conjunction with The Tourism Authority of Thailand.
It is intended to be one of the attractions to Thai people and world tourism.
The show is performed at Ratchaworadit Pier, by the Chao Phraya River,
against the background of the graciously beautiful Grand Palace.
We believe that the River of Kings performance will reflect some great cultural achievements,
representing the heritage of Thailand to the world.
Fondest memory: For Thailand's visitor during 31 Jan- 13 Feb 2003
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Show Period: January 31 - February 13, 2003
Two Shows per day (1 Hr and 15 mins)
At Rachaworadit Pier
The floating stadium tickets are Baht 400, Baht 600, and Baht 800.
Show I 07.00 p.m. - 08.15 p.m.
Show II 09.00 p.m. - 10.15 p.m.
Stadium tickets are available at i room near the entrance to The temple of the Emerald Budda,
The Grand Palace, Na-Pralan Rd., Bangkok.
Tel : 0-2222-8181 to 185, 0-2623-5499 to 500 ext, 1121 - 1123
Riverside Cruise; tickets are Baht 800 for more information please contact Riverside Hotel
Tel: 0-2883-1588 to 594
the music is a combination of east west style, some with Thai (xylaphone called ranat and drum puja), Indian instruments (sita) and also with electronic synthesizer.
There is also opera singing.