Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Old Customs House


I visited The Old Custom House on 36 Charoen Krung in Bang Rak. Then I read this from a Bangkok Blogger - Richard Barrow - "the firemen and marine police have already moved out. They will start renovations next year to turn it into a hotel. So be quick if you want photos."


I was searching for some Street Art and I took the wrong road.


There is a wonderful building on the sides of the river.







Saturday, 20 May 2017

Take a trip on a motorbike taxi


The author of this post takes no responsibility for indicating that this is something that you must try whilst you are in Thailand.

BUT 

if you need to weave through the traffic and get to that meeting?

if you promised that special person you would meet them for lunch?

BUT 

be prepared to meet other people thinking the same thing 



they might be on the pavement?



they might just be ordering a coffee?



Look both ways when you cross the road...



but try it once...



Here's the cost of them...


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Phuket - local markets





Borae Market 

Kathu 

Phuket Downtown Market 

Phuket Old Town 

Rung Market 

Sapan Hin 

Wat Thepnimit 


After living in Phuket for 16 years we moved to Bangkok 

- here are some local markets we visited in Phuket - there are a lot more.




Sunday, 14 May 2017

Soi Rommanee / Rommani


Soi Rommanee was a place for amusement (to be polite) in previous times but it may be a short street but it is a popular attraction in Phuket Old Town.




There has been some restorations and some hostels have been incorporated inside the older buildings bur preserving the old character.




At one end is the Thalang Road where the Walking Street Market takes place and at the other end is Wat Puttamongkon / Wat Mongol Nimit.




Simply put it is a lovely part of Phuket Town - couples choose to have their wedding photograph here.



The fronts of the buildings have retained the original character - adding to the character of the short stroll.



There are new coffee shops open there now but we have yet to try to them - good luck, it is a lovely street in Phuket Old Town to walk down.


Previous Posts 




Thursday, 11 May 2017

Wat Rong Khun - วัดร่องขุ่น - The White Temple




Wat Rong Khun is a strange twist on the traditional Buddhist Temples - it is in white. To many people it is known as the White Temple.



It is actually a privately owned Buddhist Temple - it is owned by and designed by Chalermchai Kositpipat - a Thai visual artist who has travelled over Asia - specifically Hindu architecture - and put together his experiences, even coming to the notice of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.



Well it is really quite spectacular - even reaching the number one attraction in Chiang Rai on TripAdvisor



Well there is not a lot more I feel that I can add to these photographs - visually magnificent and from a mind of someone special. 



These are the toilets - and inside they are immaculate.



Then I am sure that the designer watched Alien?



This is the dangers of drink...

With being visually so stunning this has meant that it can be quite crowded with coaches of tourists at about 11am. 



Friday, 5 May 2017

Sammakorn / ตลาดนัดสัมมากร Market


Sammakorn Market is a large area which is dedicated to 50% food and 50% to a Thai style Market. It is housed under a simple tinned structure and it can get a little crammed. So let's start with the food and what a pleasure it is to see so much under one roof - okay I might not be looking at the food to be prepared for the kitchen but I didn't have a kitchen at this point but my family were shopping for fresh food - and very nice it was too.




For me though I was lost with the choices - Sakoo Sai Mai / สาคูใส้หมู - even allowing me to have one whilst the rest were being packed.


Then there were the prawns - wow - I don't normally see them this size in our last local market.


There there was the fresh pineapple


and the cakes


and the roti sai mai was delicious (it always is)


the fresh bamboo and the bugs... After my fill was made I turned to what is called a 'flea market' - not a term to be used for all of the bits here 


- this shop was glamorous.Then this shop was cheap - well in fact a lot of the clothes were cheap...



Then there was Logan and his friends to play with...


Then I met Peter Rabbit and his friends.


Then origami shop - which I was dragged away from before I knew exactly what it was


and of course somewhere to buy a bag to put all your purchases in to take home with you.


But i guess not all the kids are interested in shopping.

  






Monday, 1 May 2017

Phuket - Buddhist Wats

Wat Koh Sirey

Wat Bang Riang (nr. phang-nga)

Wat Chalong


Wat Charoen Samankit  

Wat Kajorn  

Wat Khao Rang  

Wat Khun Chee - สถานปฏิบัติธรรมวัดคุณชี

Wat Koh Sirey  

Wat Kosit Wihan  

Wat Ladthiwanaram  

Wat Laem Phromthep 

Wat Luang Phu 

Wat Manee si Mahathat (nr. phang-nga)

Wat Mongol Nimit / Puttamongkon  

Wat Muang Komanraphat  

Wat Muang Mai  

Wat Phra Nang Sang - part I

Wat Phra Nang Sang - part II

Wat Phra Tong

Wat Sapam

Wat Srisoonthorn

Wat Tha Ru

Wat Thepkasattri

Wat Thepnminit

After living in Phuket for 16 years we moved to Bangkok 
- here are some Buddhist Temples I visited in Phuket.




Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sarasil Art Gallery



Founded in 1999, this gallery features the artwork of Somkiat Kaewnok who is well known for his original oil paintings.



But that is all that I can find out about.



There were some elephant paintings which were attractive...



Thursday, 27 April 2017

Phuket Down Town Plaza



Phuket Town Market (and Down Town Plaza) is an area which has seen a great many changes since I arrived in 2000.

In the early, early morning the road is littered with trucks selling produce in but and then these trucks either return to where they came from or relocate nearby. Later the stalls line the streets and the local people start shopping.



This particular post is not to do with the food but the people. I find the best thing to do is simply sit there and watch the world go round...



There are always a lot of motorbikes



some even take care of their dogs in the basket at the front. But it is a very busy place to visit...




How about trying some street food whilst you are here - even if it is only hard boiled eggs and nuts (or something)...



I always like to watch the monks walk by me...



Then you can always get the local bus somewhere - but they do finish at about 4pm?



They also serve as a way of taking the shopping home...



Previous Visits
 1) April 2013 - an introduction
 2) August 2010 - a change
 4) there are more...