These days there seems to be lighter than usual traffic on many Bangkok roads on Monday and Tuesday nights because people rush home to watch Channel 3's sensational soap opera, Raeng Ngao.
The craze is so phenomenal that some even mockingly call those two days of the week Wan Raeng Ngao Haeng Chart (National Raeng Ngao Day) to mimic Wan Raeng Ngan Haeng Chart (National Labour Day).
The juicy drama draws huge numbers of viewers who watch it together in dormitories, pubs and restaurants in the same way that they would follow a world-stopping football match. Instead of cheering Spain or Italy, they either support mia luang (the wife) or mia noi (the mistress) and her twin sister as the two sides take revenge on each other. Such is the national pastime that we all seem to enjoy.
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