Friday, April 21, 2017

Wat Si Bun Rueang

Wat Si Bun Rueang is a temple that I walk past each morning on the way to the Ferry (River Taxi).

It is adjacent to a school and it means that the area can also be teaming with students.

It is a wonderful spot and it was the last thing that I had anticipated as I walk to get the River Taxi. 

The main building is used on a regular occasion an outlying ones on a less regular one.

The most interesting thing that we found on our recent visits were the albino animals - possibly donated to the temple instead of put down?

Is it also possible that the dung from the animals is also kept for a specific reason?

Then there were the Sacred Stone balls

"These sacred stone balls, usually nine, are called ลูกนิมิต in the Thai language and are placed at the four corners and other cardinal points of the พระอุโบสถ.  With one stone (often slightly larger)  situated under the main Buddha image inside the ordination hall."

But I do not know whether the colour meant anything else however?

Then there are the rows of bells next to an entrance - which I believe many followers ring when they enter? The significance of this I have not confirmed.

A favorite of mine is the black large circular bell having on two ropes which is struck three times. Or by stroking it in the middle repetitively make a strange echoing sound.

They seem to be taking care of the grounds around at the current moment - but this character is in more than one Wat that I have visited?

A wonderful temple which in the evening has a local food market for those of us going home. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The khlongs in Phuket Town

There seems to be a number of khlongs which run through Phuket Town but I seem to find very little information about them. But from the mechanisms which are scattered about I imagine that they were fully operational.

I did find a map after seeing so many Khlongs but I do not know how to find them all.

Here are some...

This was near the bypass 

This was near the Queen Sirikit park in Phuket Town

Some times the khlongs are full and flowing

Phuket Town has a plethora of bridges all over the place.

Phuket Town is really quite beautiful.

 But not always - sometimes there are people cleaning the khlongs of rubbish and soil. There are more khlongs which are being used in Bangkok and around Thailand - I feel that it would be a nice idea to have all these khlongs working again.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Airplane Graveyard

The airplane graveyard is near to where I get the river taxi and I had read about it so I decided to have a look.... The sun was coming down and it had begun to cast shadows on the derelict planes.

Which had graffiti / 'street art' added to them - I must admit to wanting to see an Alex Face there - that would have been cool...

But there was a fence erected and I was looking for a way in.

It was then that I realized that there were people inside an next time I will pay them 100 Baht to have a wander about...

They had made homes in the empty shells of the hull of the planes - so this was a little different to what I normally see in Bangkok...

Well I couldn't get in but I found this great video on YouTube - thank you to www.worldorbust.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Songkran 2017

Songkran tends to be a holiday surpassing all others and is recognized as the "Greatest Water Fight in the World".

It will be a subdued event this year?

Here is a list of my Songkran dates - 2015, 20132012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

Phuket - when it rains

Go 10 Pin bowling

Go on the John Gray Canoe Trip

Go to Central Festival

Go to Phuket Aquarium

Go to Phuket Philatelic Museum

Go to Phuket Trickeye Museum

Go to have a tattoo

Go to the Art Galleries

Go to the Cinema

Go to the Coffee Shops

Go to the Dentist

Go to the Nail Art Shop

Go to the Tin Mining Museum

Go to the Upside Down House

After living in Phuket for 16 years we moved to Bangkok 

- here are some places to visit in Phuket when it rains.


Friday, April 7, 2017

Wat Lokayasutharam

Wat  Lokayasutharam is a Buddhist Wat (and it's surrounding area) which we were lucky to visit when we were visiting Ayutthaya.

The people selling you pieces were quietly visible - to put it simply the visit was beautiful.

Even the feet...

The focus of the visit was clearly the reclining Buddha - 

The important feature Wat Lokayasutharam is a huge reclining Buddha image, called Phra Bhuddhasaiyart, which faces to the east. It was constructed of bricks and cement in the art style cf the Middle Ayutthaya Period. It is 37 meters long and 8 meters high -

There was really not a lot more to find out but that it was part of a greater area. 

Happy to see no abuse of the area.

The beauty of our visit was the serene quality of the face... 



Saturday, April 1, 2017

Take a river taxi

The river taxi might not be for everyone, in fact I can (without a doubt) say that it is not! For me however it is currently the way I get to work in the morning. So where does it go and how does it work? 


There are a number of places that there are stops along the khlongs in Bangkok and you you simply go there and wait for one. 

Here is a schedule.

Some places sell the tickets before you get on and some sell them on the boats 
- don't lose it.

There are two lines which - the Golden Mount Line and the Nida Line. I take the NIDA line each morning from Wat Sriboonreung (or Wat Sri Bunruang) and get off at Wireless Road.

"The Golden Mount Line runs from the Panfa Leelard Pier near the Democracy Monument and Khao San Road - to Pratunam Pier near Center World in Central Bangkok."
"The NIDA line runs from the NIDA/Wat Sriboonreung Pier in the East - to Pratunam Pier near Center World in Central Bangkok."

There are a number of things that I have learnt 
 1) Do what the staff managing the boats tell you to do.
 2) Be prepared to shuffle left and right when there are stops being made.

 3) You sit near a chord? Then pull it to stop the water splashing into the boat
 4) The noise is extreme - especially in the middle.

 5) It will smell
 6) Get up before your stop or the boat might not stop.

There are some great examples of street art along the sides of the khlongs - but these I will post later.

5) There are also a number of Wats along the sides of the river (see map above), I usually start my journey at War Sriboonreung - but this I will post later and I have not visited them all yet. 

Not sure about the pollution and the motors though...