Sunday, 13 August 2017

Wats in Thailand in the night



There are a great many Wats to visit in Thailand but here is a list that is recommended to visit at night time.


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Wat Phra Sing – Chiang Mai Province
Wat Phra That Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai
Wat Tha Ton – Chiang Mai Province
Wat Sirithon Waram Puphrao – Ubon Ratchathani Province 
Wat Huai Pla Kung - Chiang Rai Province
Wat Phra That Doi Kong Mu – Mae Hong Son Province
Wat Pa Sawang Bun - Saraburi Province
Wat Luangpho Tho – Nakhon Ratchasima Province
Wat Arun – Bangkok


Wednesday, 2 August 2017

The Giant Swing - เสาชิงช้า




The Giant Swing was something that I came across more than aimed for if the truth be told.



I understand that it was built in 1784 and was traditionally used in swing ceremonies - an annual swinging ceremony known as Triyampavai-Tripavai was held at Giant Swings of major cities until 1935. I think that it is a Hindu Ceremony?



If you visit the Bangkok National Museum (พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติ พระนคร) they display the original timbers that were used for this. Surrounding it are places which you must visit - Wat Suthat Theo Wararam, Tiger God Shrine, Deasathan and more








Thursday, 27 July 2017

Eating dancing shrimps





How about trying some Dancing Shrimps - best described by the Mark Wiens.


The Thai name of the dish is Goong Ten (กุ้งเต้น), which translates to “dancing shrimp.”  The cute little translucent shrimp are the main event – and they’re still living.  Goong Ten (Dancing Shrimp) is a traditional Isaan food that originates from the region of Thailand along the Mekong River.



This dish was found adjacent to the Khao San Road.




Monday, 24 July 2017

Pu Fai Chinese Temple shop


Pu Fai is a wonderful shop around the Suriyadej Traffic Circle in Phuket Old Town - but they are initially for people to purchase particular items for their homes and offerings to make in the Chinese Temples.



It is a small shop adjacent to the Pop Hostel - where I have had a cheap breakfast once whilst I was waiting for a bus home...



I always make a visit into these shops purely because I am always welcomed by the proprietors and they are fascinating places BUT they are places where a lot of items are for sale which have a particular significance - so please respect.



However this MUST not stop you entering them however - but please be aware that to treat the shop as a 'tourist attraction' would not always seem correct... 



Then you can visit any of the great number of Chinese Shrines scattered through Phuket...




Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Take a Tuk Tuk somewhere


Taking a ride on a Tuk Tuk is a wonderful thing to do when you visit us in Thailand.





  It is not something you want to miss - but it certainly is not for everyone.


around the Victory Monument 

Recently they have had a spate of bag snatching that has happened to people in the Tuk Tuk so they now have a spiderweb spread. 



Some Tuk Tuk now have loud stereo and flashing lights - more of these in Phuket though?



Always room on the floor for one more as well.




But I am fascinated with how much stuff you can get in the back though. I would also agree a price for the destination before you get in - ensuring that you know that they know where they are going!

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Bangkok Art and Culture Center



Bangkok Art and Culture Center (BACC) was a place that I walked past when I was visiting somewhere else - not that I can remember where at this time though...


Here is some background of the property on the website - but could find nothing mentioned about the hiccup mentioned in the App I was using - Bangkok City Walks.


It was quite a surprise as I came upon it - on the crossroads which I was trying to traverse and I went up to take a photo of the street graffiti by Alex Face. So on entering I did not know quite what to expect and wow - it was almost like I was in a Design museum in the UK.

After looking at the design of the museum on the Website I only think I did 50% because I was so busy going somewhere else. I had a wonderful time - I will certainly have to go back again. So what do I recall of my quick visit?





The mask exhibition was my favorite - the colors and the vibrancy were wonderful here. I could have stayed in here for much, much longer...


Then there was the great number of little shops for you to buy something in - all very interesting.


Book Shops


Ice Cream Shops


and so much more...



Then there were a number of more displays along the circular corridor around the levels in the building - but I think that I only managed 4 levels? 




Thursday, 6 July 2017

Sathorn Pier


Sathorn Pier was were I had to get off the river taxi to visit a friend nearby there and I cannot remember quite why we were there...




It was certainly a bustling community there - with a plethora of people selling things on the street to people selling tours on the river - from food to bits and pieces...


I did enjoy the wall paintings though.


Then there is the river crossing to make - these seemed to be leaving rather frequently  and this is where I became a little confused because there were a great number of people trying to sell me a trip along the river - guess the camera round my neck did not help me! I chose to walk along the river's edge instead - gripping my phone carefully in my hand trying not to get lost.





Friday, 30 June 2017

Phuket - Chinese Temples / Shrines

- here are some Chinese Temples that I visited in Phuket.


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Victory Monument



The Victory Monument in Bangkok was erected in June 1941 to commemorate the Thai victory in the Franco-Thai War, a brief conflict waged against the French colonial authorities in Indo-China, which resulted in Thailand annexing some territories in western Cambodia and northern and southern Laos - info from Wikipedia.

The monument is quite impressive and is surrounded by shopping malls and a market which is popular with the local people.

The location is also popular because of it is where the buses from all over Thailand arrive - so Usually make a visit here. However I have never tried to cross the road!