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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 3: The Mysterious North

Summary

The mountains and forests of Northern Thailand, an area that is home to a variety of wildlife, leading to unusual partnerships developing between animals and people. Narrated by Sophie Okonedo.
Recommended

Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

This slightly languorous wildlife series moves to the north of Thailand. Here we meet a serene, elderly lady who cleans a cavern of bat droppings every day, partly to earn heavenly favour and partly to use the guano as fertiliser, before gliding on to learn how another woman has been accepted into the herd of Asian elephants she’s rescued.

Also accepted into the fabric of the countryside is the Mexican sunflower, carpets of which have miraculously sprung up in areas cleared by logging. Thailand’s wildlife appears to share the same spiritual, Zen-like qualities of its human population. Even footage of how a farmer uses a colony of ants to protect his orchard has none of the scurrying intensity you might expect.

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NarratorSophie Okonedo

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DirectorJames Hemming
Executive producerJulian Hector
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  • Episode 3

    The Mysterious North

    Summary

    The mountains and forests of Northern Thailand, an area that is home to a variety of wildlife, leading to unusual partnerships developing between animals and people. Narrated by Sophie Okonedo.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 3 out of 5.

    This slightly languorous wildlife series moves to the north of Thailand. Here we meet a serene, elderly lady who cleans a cavern of bat droppings every day, partly to earn heavenly favour and partly to use the guano as fertiliser, before gliding on to learn how another woman has been accepted into the herd of Asian elephants she’s rescued.

    Also accepted into the fabric of the countryside is the Mexican sunflower, carpets of which have miraculously sprung up in areas cleared by logging. Thailand’s wildlife appears to share the same spiritual, Zen-like qualities of its human population. Even footage of how a farmer uses a colony of ants to protect his orchard has none of the scurrying intensity you might expect.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorSophie Okonedo

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorJames Hemming
    Executive producerJulian Hector
    Series producerSteve Cole
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