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Watch as two students take a ride on a Tuk-Tuk taxi cab!

 

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Watch below the amazing Thai experience the students of Cohort 12 had at Ping’s restaurant!

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By: Liliana Molina

Our third full day in Thailand and I feel that we have experience a lifetime of memories already. Today, we met with Jackie,  the Managing Director of Ping’s Restaurants,  it was refreshing to see the passion and dedication they have for their brand. Ping’s Restaurants is a family business that started in Singapore, but they felt the business could grow better in Thailand. Their commitment to authentic real Thai-Chinese food really shows not only in the flavors and menu but also in the relationship the brand has with the employees.

At the end of the visit we had the opportunity to taste some of the most popular menu items. One word that really describes Thai food is spicy! Even though I was not able to enjoy any of the sea food items the team was very accommodating and made items especially for me. I was very pleased with the dishes that were prepared especially for me and I was very thankful on how much they wanted me to have the same experience as the rest of the cohort.

I am going to close with something that Jackie mentioned during our conversation “business is business but family is always the most important thing”. Even though I am not part of the family, they made me feel like it when they went out the way to make me feel welcomed and included. I will always remember the chicken fried rice but I will never forget their kind gesture and authentic smile.

Enjoying Lunch at Ping's restaurant!

Enjoying Lunch at Ping’s restaurant!

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By: Britteny Freemyer

Monday June 22nd, was our first night exploring the city of Bangkok. Myself, Jessica, Joe, Karla and Sarah decide to see an IMAX movie at Siam Paragon, a breath taking mall only a couple blocks from our hotel. To heighten our adventure we decided to travel on the BTS Sky Train. As we exited our hotel, we took a left heading down the street to a near by station, this was our first mistake as later we realized taking a right out of the hotel would have lead us to a closer station. We arrived at the station after a couple minutes of walking, even taking a picture at a nearby McDonalds, to see a sea of people in several different lines. At first, it was very intimidating especially since we did not know what stop we need to exit at. Luckily, Sarah and Joe asked a local who pointed us in the first line to get change for the tickets. As they were doing this Jess Karla and I pulled out the map that Tong had provided us on our first day, to find Siam Paragon on a map, however at the time we forget the name of the mall and thought Armarin Plaza sounded right.

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About to ride the famous BTS Sky Train!

After receiving our change we then stood in a second line for a machine to get tickets. Once we all had tickets, we then proceeded to a third line to show our tickets. We definitely stood in the fast pace rush. Once tickets were collected we headed to the gate. An interesting thing we learned was that there is a certain area you stand in when waiting for the train so that those getting off have an area to exit. We had to be little aggressive when the train came as the first time it was very full but we finally made it on the second time.

Once off we headed to what we thought was the mall however we soon learned it was the wrong place, we proceed to walk underneath the BTS until we found Central World Mall, once again not the right place but finally in the distance we saw Siam Paragon and we all realized that was the mall we had been looking for!

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After the movie, it was easy to find the BTS as we followed a group of locals! We proceed with all the steps with such ease that we felt like naturals even getting some fun pictures before getting on the train. We thought our stop was Asok until we passed our hotel immediately after the Nana station that is when we realized we should have taken a right out of the hotel and not left. We had a wonderful first night exploring and now we feel almost (not quite) like locals using the BTS.

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By: Cristiane Gandin.

With complete different and unrecognized names, which I can’t even pronounce, we found brazilian food while taking a night stroll here in Bangkok. Brazilian foods such as Mandioca and Pão de queijo (cheese bread) and a lot of great appetizers, entrées and different and colored drinks made our night, and some of us took the famous ‘Tuk Tuk’ (taxi cab) back to our hotel.

The restaurant that we visited was amazing and featured amazing and stunning views of Bangkok. The neighborhood where the restaurant was located was called ‘Vadhana – Khlong Tan Nuea’ where we could enjoy a view of the city from a high rooftop restaurant lounge.

This is really a great cohort adventure and meeting Bangkok natives has been quite an adventure. The cohort is bonding and truly becoming a family!

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A sample of the food from the restaurant!

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Posing for a quick photo!

 

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Riding the Tuk Tuk taxi cab!

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Another quick photo!

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Out and about in Bangkok! by Valerie Drebsky and Heitor Bover

After our days visits with tangent foods and American chamber of commerce – Thailand we headed out on the town! A group of us went to get tailor made suits – many of our first ones! They have hundreds of fabrics and tones of styles and you can buy it for decent prices. The best thing is that they are designed especially for you and delivered in two days. And besides the great deal you’ll also have  a lot of fun.

Then that same group headed over to a restaurant Jon recommended that was so high up you could see the whole city which seemed like it never ended! What an incredible experience- what a great culture!

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Part of the group exploring the streets of Bangkok!

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Enjoying dinner!

 

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Looking at tailor-made suits!

 

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Trying suits on!

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Back to Bangkok!

Back to Bangkok! by Aubrey Hang

It’s been over five years since I lived in Bangkok. My first day back in the city made me feel as if it was yesterday that I spent two years living and teaching in this amazing city. The Thai people are as friendly as I remembered and the traffic is still as crazy.  I feel so lucky to be able to come back to Thailand and share this experience with Cohort 12.

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0499.The Cultural Day was the best way to ease into the trip. Our cohort really experienced Thai culture by visiting The Grand Palace and Wat Pho. We saw how important the Buddhist culture is to Thai people and the amazing temples they have built to worship. We took a Bangkok Canal Tour on the Chao Phraya River to see the city from the water. We saw where the nickname “Bangkok, The Venice of Asia” came from because of its many canals. We ended the day at an amazing Thai dinner (Baan Khanitha) right on the river. It was the first time many members of the cohort had tried Thai food and everyone seemed very open to trying new things! The Mango Sticky rice was absolutely delicious. The first day was a great personal experience as well as a bonding experience for Cohort 12. I can’t wait to see what other adventures this trip brings!

 

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Bangkok native cuisine!

 

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Blog Credit: Liliana Molina, Kim Tuttle, Melanie Johnston and Valerie Drebsky.

Cohort 12 visited for the first time our client Jareer Abu-Ali who is the CEO & founder of Tangent foods/New directions. It was a blast! He did a great job presenting to us in preparation for our upcoming presentations (Thursday). His passion for the product was contagious! We cant wait to meet with them again!

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Cohort 12 in action during the first meeting of the consulting project with Jareer Abu-Ali, the CEO of Tangent Foods!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blog Credit: Marissa Zerbo, Sarah Culver, Valerie Drebsky and Aubrey Hang.

We were greeted by Paul James Robere, PhD. and Kevin Beauvais. We learned that Dr. Robere recently visited Walt Disney World (where majority of Cohort 12 works). He actually dined at the restaurant where our cohort member, Kim works as a restaurant manager! To think they could have actually been there at the same time and would have never known it until coming to Bangkok really puts into perspective how small the world is. We also learned how small the world is and how you must learn adapt to the culture you are doing business in to really be successful.

The speakers shared with us the history of the Commerce in Thailand and how it started in 1956 with 8 companies and today has 650 companies.  As an organization their goal is to make Thailand a more attractive and competitive place for other countries to do business. It was very interesting to learn about their stories of how both speakers came to Thailand without the intention to live there and they both have made Thailand their “home”.  They were very connective with the audience and compelling in how they expressed their love for the country and how much Buddhism plays a large part in how they do business and why they are such a peaceful country.  We would also like to note the charitable organizations they support including Operation Smile, Adopt a School and student scholarship program.

 

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It was fascinating to learn about how much Bangkok has changed over the past few decades. Tourism is rapidly growing in the city, and it was great to see how The American Chamber Commerce really gives back to the community through scholarship programs and donations. Cohort 12 has an amazing opportunity to really explore the city on our own. The Cultural Day and our first business visit really gave the cohort some insight to Thai culture and the amazing city we have to explore this week!

 

Looking forward to a night exploring the city….. Please see the below photos!

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Blog Credit: Cristiane Gandin

Bangkok is full of colors, cars and people and there is beauty everywhere. This was our first morning in Bangkok and we went to two of the most famous temples: The Grand Palace and The Reclining Buddha. It was very crowded and hot and we were required to cover our shoulders and legs to get into the temples. If your pants were considered tight you were also required to put a skirt over the pants. The Reclining Buddha was larger than life! The head was over 30 ft. tall and stretched filling all the temple. It is beautiful indeed!

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace visit!

 

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace visit!

 

 

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace visit!

 

 

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace visit!

 

The reclining Buddha visit!

The reclining Buddha visit!

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