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!





Sunday, 18 June 2017

Erawan Buddah


The Erawan Shrine is a wonderful place to visit whilst you are in Bangkok, even since the bombing - I always do when I visited to work in Bangkok.


The Erawan Buddha Shrine was formally the Thao Maha Phrom Shrine and it is actually a Hindu Shrine - it houses a statue of Phra Phrom - the Thai representation of Lord Brahma.




The history of the Erawan Shrine is quite interesting as well


"The Erawan Shrine was built in 1956 to appease the supposed evil forces that were taking the lives of construction workers and causing other calamities in the construction what is now the Grand Hyatt Erawan. The misfortunes were caused, it seemed, by starting the construction on an unfavorable date. 

After the shrine was erected, construction deaths stopped and the hotel grew very prosperous." - Sacred Destinations.



The attraction to here is enormous for tourists and it is always busy. There is the opportunity for you to have the trope dance for you - also very popular.'


Please remember that the pavements will be clear on a Monday.


The placing of the Shrine is relevant to the information above but only when you are there and the skytrain goes past, the motorbikes stream past you on the pavement and the cars make a lot of noise leaving the traffic lights that you realise that you really are in the heart of the Bangkok City.


There are always people selling birds to be released and I urge you not to buy the birds.








Monday, 12 June 2017

The Neilson Hayes Library




Tried to visit the Neilson Hayes Library last week and take back a book which my father had not returned twenty years ago (joke) only to find that it was in serious need of repair and they were asking for money. 

(See more info here




But missed the Cafe until I was leaving...







Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Street Art in Phuket


The amount of Street Art in Phuket has taken a sudden rise recently - there seems to be a lot more than I initially recorded.




I was unable to complete the map that is below but please enjoy investigating Phuket.





With all these instances of the Street Art I was fascinated to read so little about it - mostly on Facebook and personal blogs.




But much has been changed for example here. These have been removed.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Platinum Fashion Mall Market


Platinum Fashion Mall is certainly somewhere to visit if you like to go shopping for some clothes. We go here for clothes for our daughter - and there is a great amount of choice. 



In fact there are 5 floors of things to go shopping for - which is more than enough.



Well what do they sell? Well so much I can hardly begin to start.


The Platinum Fashion Mall is an enormous building which seems to go on forever in each direction.


There are small 'booths' selling the clothes and I was surprised at the amount of different clothes that they had on sale. We did not find the 'label' clothes and I have a feeling that this was not the right place.



I did think that the model with this was a little 'exaggerated' and then I wonder who actually buys this underwear? OR have I never... 


There was other things for sale as well - a bit strange.


We got here by taking the river taxi to Pratunam which is also another enormous shopping mall to got to - but that's another day...







Sunday, 28 May 2017

Phuket - beaches




Ao Sane Beach

Cape Panwa Beach

Kata Beach

Laem Ka Beach

Layan Beach

Nai Harn Beach

Nai Thon Beach

Nai Yang Beach

Nui Beach

Patong Beach

Rawai Beach

Yanui Beach


After living in Phuket for 16 years we moved to Bangkok 

- here are some beaches to visit in Phuket.


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.


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