I have heard about this documentary before but have never had a chance to see it and came across it on youtube. Narrated by the illustrious Sir John Guilgud, we see the mystical Thai monarchy in all its glory with its Brahmin and Buddhist rituals, the king’s service to villagers, and his support of the Thai army’s fight against the Communist insurgency. I’ve never heard King Bhumibol speak in English so it was a delight to finally hear a voice to all of the images I’ve seen of him in Thailand. At forty-seven, Queen Sirikit had lost none of her beauty. There’s a natural humility in this Thai king that you can feel listening to him that is absent from the flat images of him around Thailand that project a more distant persona.
It’s cut off at the end which is unfortunate as I wanted to hear Bhumibol’s candid answer to a provocative question.
This is a must see for anyone interested in Thai culture.