‘Building Bridges’ Thailand (BBT) is a Cha-Am group endeavoring to help bridge the gap between foreign residents and visitors in Cha-Am and Thai people. One of the main aims of BBT is “to increase the knowledge and understanding by foreigners of Thai culture, law, services and lifestyle”.
Thanks to the thoughtful invitation of Khun Pittaya Wongkraisritong, Chief District Officer of the Cha-Am District, Petchaburi Province, BBT Members have been able to join Thai people on two recent ‘expeditions’ and work towards this aim. First was to join three busloads of Thai people on a trip to the Singkhon Border and then to Ratchapakdi Park to the Kings’ Statues. One traveller was Stuart who commented: “In summary it was a very worthwhile and enjoyable trip. The Statues of the Great Kings are very impressive, and will become a huge attraction.
I suggest a visit by everyone.” Secondly on 3rd September BBT Members were welcomed to a gathering of Police trainees meeting local families prior to a 2 week ‘placement’, staying with these families in rural settings. The trainees have come from all parts of Thailand, typically from a city setting, so this will be an opportunity for them to learn about the issues facing those living in less urbanised settings. BBT Chairman Paul said that he was both impressed by the caliber of the new trainees and their considerable enthusiasm, but also with the project as a way to provide an understanding community policing.
As our photo shows, Paul entertained the crowd by demonstrating his dancing prowess during a short relaxation break with a version of the ‘hockie pokie’, or at least the Thai version of this age-old children’s song. You know ……… “you do the hokie pokie and you turn yourself around; that’s what it’s all about.” More information about BBT can be found on their website www.bbtchaam. org or by visiting the Facebook page. The group welcomes expressions of interest in their activities and email registration for information to be forwarded can be made to: firstname.lastname@example.org.