The stage in Royale Chulan Ballroom features the portrait of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand
Dato Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister in the PrimeMinister's Department with His Excellency Mr Thana Duangratana the Thai ambassador on stage
Guests standing to attention as the national anthems of both nations were played
Guests included ambassadors, Malaysians and members of the diplomatic corps
Dato Seri Nazri Aziz represented the Malaysian Government and people of Malaysia and toasted to the continuous good health of the King of Thailand
Dato Seri Nazri Aziz standing to attention as Negara Ku was played
Images of the King of Malaysia with the King of Thailand were shown on large screens, attesting to the strong and friendly ties of two neighbours
HE Mr Thana Duangratana and Dato Seri Nazri Aziz and ambassadors and members of the diplomatic corps
Wiboon Nimitrwanich, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) for Malaysia and Brunei, Miss International Tourism and Kee Hua Chee
THE ROYAL THAI EMBASSY AND THE THAI AMBASSADOR HOSTED A GRAND CELEBRATION WITH NEARLY 450 GUESTS IN THE GRAND BALLROOM OF ROYALE CHULAN HOTEL, ONE OF MALAYSIA'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS 5-STAR HOTEL IN THE HEART OF THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE.
IT WAS TO MARK THE AUSPICIOUS OCCASION OF THE 84TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF HIS MAJESTY KING BHUMIBOL ADULYADEJ OF THAILAND AND WAS HOSTED BY THAI AMBASSADOR HIS EXCELLENCY MR THANA DUANGRATANA AND HIS SPOUSE MRS CHUTIMA DUANGRATANA.
The 84th birthday if the King of Thailand was especially auspicious as it marked the 7th cycle of the 12-year animal calendar as each cycle takes 12 years and the 7th cycle means His Majesty had lived 84 years. All Thais and friends of Thailand pray His Majesty will continue to reign into the 8th cycle.
All Thailand was delighted and thanked Buddha as King Bhumidol Adulyadej was well enough to make a live broadcast where he urged all Thais to unite to help those affected by the floods. The King was taken from the wheelchair from the Bangkok hospital to the Grand Palace where he and the entire Royal Family waved to the cheering crowd below. Most had tears in their eyes as they love their King and Royal Family so much and to be able to see and hear His Majesty the King of Thailand who they refer to as 'Lord of Life' was indeed a tremendous honour and blessing.
The KL party was graced by Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department who represented the Malaysian government. Also present was Senator A. Kohilan Pillay from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Dato Seri Mohd Nazri and Thai ambassador HE Thana Duangratana toasted each other's Head of State with orange juice as the large screens showed the visit of the King and Queen of Malaysia, DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin and Seri Paduka Baginda Raja Permaisuri Agong Tuanku Nur Zahirah to Bangkok.
Our King and Queen attended the 80th birthday of the King of Thailand and several images of this illustrious event were shown on the huge screens.
Thai Airways and TAT flew in a dance troupe who performed traditional Thai dances from the northern provinces and there was even a Muay Thai boxing demonstration.
The food was superb but were mostly Malaysian though there were some traditional Thai dishes like pahd thai and desserts. The fruits were obviously flown in from Bangkok as the pineapples were so sweet and delicious, so UNLIKE our local ones which usually leave a bitter, tart and lingering after taste! I must devoured the equivalent of 2 pineapples and at least 10 mangoes!
The Thai dancers were the star attraction but my friend who I brought also gave the dancers a run fro the money. She was none other than Nathalie van Dekker the reigning Miss International Tourism form Holland! Everyone wanted to be photographed with her and usual, Nathalie was ever obliging. She must have posed with at least 300 as everyone had a camera or used their phone. It was not every day one got to pose with a beauty queen who looked like a living Barbie doll with her blonde locks and pretty features.
A few men told me not to use their photos as their girl friends, wives and lovers who were left at home might get jealous. More so when they are Plain Janes!
Richard Lim, Marketing Manager from TAT (Tourist Authority of Thailand) with Natalie Dekker, Miss International Tourism 2011 from Holland
Mrs Krisna Kangthong (wife of Mr Somphong), Miss International Tourism 2011 and Mr Somphong Kangthong , Minister Counsellor from the Thai embassy
Natalie Dekker, Miss International Tourism with Kee Hua Chee
From left; Guest, Police Major General Krissak Wicharaya (Deputy Commissioner, Special Brach Bureau, Royal Thai Police), Police Colonel Maitree Santayakul (Police Liaison, Royal Thai Embassy), Suttichoke Rodleechit, General Manager of Thai Airways -Malaysia and Chaiwat Suvanasingha COO of Bangkok Bank Malaysia.
His Excellency the Romanian ambassador Mr Petru Petra and his wife
Bryceton Yee and Stephanie Tan
His Excellency the Ambassador of Algeria Mr Abdel Malek Bouheddou and Her Excellency the Cambodian ambassador HH Princess Arunrasmy Norodom
Raja Danir Ikram Raja Shahrome, Miss Tourism International Nathalie Dekker and Lim Ai San of Fleur
Kee Hua Chee joins in
From right, Mr Chartchai Jamapat, Minister Counsellor of Royal Thai Embassy and members of the embassy greeting guests
Beauty queen Miss International Tourism 2011 Nathalie Dekker joins in
Artisans from Thailand
A stunning and creative cake from Equatorial hotel
The Bangladesh High Commissioner Mr A.K.M Atiqur Rahman, Thai ambassador His Excellency Mr Thana Duangratana, Dato Seri Nazri Aziz, Minister in the Prime Minister 's Department, Senator Kohilan Pillay, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister and Giscard El Khoury, Charge d'Affaires of Lebanon embassy
BELOW ARE EXOTIC AND EXCITING CULTURAL DANCES FROM THE NORTHERN PROVINCES OF THAILAND BY DANCERS FLOWN INTO KUALA LUMPUR BY THAI AIRWAYS FOR THIS AUSPICIOUS OCCASION TO MARK THE 84TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY OF THE KING OF THAILAND
Wiboon Nimitrwanich and Napapha from Siam Cultural Park
Tengku Mohd Ismail Tengku Kamarul Zaman and Nurul Nuriah of C & E
Lovely Thai ladies in traditional costumes
Left; Pulane Lechesa, Head of Chancery of High Commission of Kingdom of Lesotho, His Excellency Mr Tahir Karimov, ambassador of Republic of Azerbaijan,Natalie Van Dekker Miss Tourism International 2011, Christian Nkambule and Precious Nkambule