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Thailand: Earth's Tropical Paradise

  • 2018
  • Season 1
  • 3 episodes
  • Documentary

Summary

Discover a sacred kingdom of inspiring beauty, packed with wildlife and natural wonder.

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Episode 2: The Central Heartland

Summary

In central Thailand's forests, fertile plains and even its city streets, nature finds a way of living alongside people, and spirituality can be found in human and animal relationships, both likely and unlikely. This bustling region is known as the nation's rice bowl - but even here, there are magical places to be found. Narrated by Sophie Okonedo.

Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

At the heart of Buddhism is the belief that all living things are worthy of kindness, compassion and tolerance. So Thais happily allow 6,000 flying foxes to nest in a temple, ignore massive water monitors that stalk a Bangkok park or build a ropeway over a road so that gibbons can swing across to new feeding grounds.

Understandably they’re less tolerant of deadly king cobras when they trespass into their village while they have a, shall we say, practical attitude towards crickets – they like to deep fry them and serve them as a crispy dinner. A calmly mesmerising portrait of how nature thrives with the blessing and help of humans.

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Credits

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NarratorSophie Okonedo

Crew

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DirectorSteve Cole
Executive producerJulian Hector
ProducerSteve Cole
Series producerSteve Cole

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  • Episode 2

    The Central Heartland

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    Summary

    In central Thailand's forests, fertile plains and even its city streets, nature finds a way of living alongside people, and spirituality can be found in human and animal relationships, both likely and unlikely. This bustling region is known as the nation's rice bowl - but even here, there are magical places to be found. Narrated by Sophie Okonedo.

    Review

    A star rating of 3 out of 5.

    At the heart of Buddhism is the belief that all living things are worthy of kindness, compassion and tolerance. So Thais happily allow 6,000 flying foxes to nest in a temple, ignore massive water monitors that stalk a Bangkok park or build a ropeway over a road so that gibbons can swing across to new feeding grounds.

    Understandably they’re less tolerant of deadly king cobras when they trespass into their village while they have a, shall we say, practical attitude towards crickets – they like to deep fry them and serve them as a crispy dinner. A calmly mesmerising portrait of how nature thrives with the blessing and help of humans.

    How to watch

    Next showing

    channeltimestatus

    Eden

    Eden
    -

    Eden

    Eden
    -

    Eden

    Eden
    -

    RTÉ2

    RTÉ2
    -

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour | HD | SUB | WIDE

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorSophie Okonedo

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorSteve Cole
    Executive producerJulian Hector
    ProducerSteve Cole
    Series producerSteve Cole
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