Monday, 28 May 2018

The Little Zoo

The Little Zoo is one of the popular cafes in Bangkok with animals running around.

I am not all that comfortable with this personally but I have visited them because my daughter likes to and then bring her friends.

There were some interesting animals here and they seemed to be well cared for.

The food was not something to come for and the coffee was passable, but expensive.

The cats like it though...

Phone Number: 092 448 1116
Approximate Price: $$$$$
Address: 420 Siam Square 11 Alley, Bangkok
Hours: 9:30am - 6pm


Friday, 25 May 2018

Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine

Chao Mae Kuan Im Shrine was a small Chinese Shrine on this road which I came across when I was on my first Bangkok Walk and after a nice cup of coffee at Chata Speciality Coffee.

Quite a small Chinese Shrine and obviously popular with the local people, certainly not a tourist attraction.

AN offering was being made whilst I was there?


Tuesday, 22 May 2018

A short river walk

The river taxis are something that I find very convenient for getting about BUT they are not for every person in Thailand.

I needed to get to the Jim Thompson House and the closest stop for me was Hua Chang. I got off the river taxi at the 'elephant bridge' over the Phayathai Road - another scenic place to visit.

I was immediately taken with the amount of wall graffiti and the quality of it on either side of the khlong.

And then there was time to pop into Yelo House for a coffee and it was here that I noticed that there was an Alex Face son the opposite side of the river BUT that would have to wait for another day...

Then the floor was also quite interesting.

And of course the walls...

And there was a lovely trip back...


Saturday, 19 May 2018

Wat Neramit Wipatsana (วัดเนรมิตวิปัสสนา)

Wat Neramit Wipattasana (วัดเนรมิตวิปัสสนา) was somewhere we visited when we were in Loei.

This is a recently built temple in an enormous site on the hillside near Phra That Si Song Rak. There is a pagoda made of red-colored laterite (si la laeng) and this is unlike anywhere else in Thailand.

"Buddhists come to the temple to pray toward an official replica of Phra Phutthachinnarat, a revered buddha image in Phitsanulok Province, enshrined in the ordination hall as well as a a wax figure of the late Luang Pho Phra Maha Phan Sila Wisuttho, the founder of the temple, which is displayed inside the pagoda." text courtesy of Tourism Thailand.

The temple may be new but because it was built in respect to a respected Monk it has a certain charm of age and quality.

The windows are beautifully made in the traditional way - quite spectacular.

What always fascinates me are these paintings on the walls.


And the gardens are beautiful.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Wat Si Bun Rueang

Wat Si Bun Rueang is somewhere I visit nearly everyday to take the river taxi

The temple is also linked to a local school so it can be quite busy in the mornings! 

The temple is well looked after, Ganesha made a visit and there are teams of young children in monk robes brushing the leaves up in the car park.

The time that I visited there was a breeze and the environment was amazing!

There are a couple of Buddha statues which make the place quite scenic.

And then it was time to get on the boat to go to work.

Previous Visits
 1) April 2017

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Wat Yannawa

Wat Yannawa (Thai: วัดยานนาวา) is an old Buddhist temple dating back to the Ayutthaya period, located in the Sathon district of Bangkok on Charoen.

This is very different because in the grounds there is an enormous Chinese junk! No something I initially expected to find I would admit. This was built in the year of King Rama III and the idea was that Bangkok was growing rapidly because of the Chinese trade and the Chinese Junk was disappearing but it mean so much to the growth of Bangkok.

The temple was known as Wat Khok Khwai (the Temple of the Buffalo Stable - วัดคอกควาย) during the Ayutthaya era and previous to that it was known as Wat Khok Krabue (วัดคอกกระบือ) during Thonburi and early Bangkok era before the Chedi was constructed.

The boat is actually made out of concrete and there are two pagodas instead of masts and  the alter is in the wheel house above the stern.

You are able to walk under the junk and receive a blessing.

Then there is the traditional temple where you are able to receive a blessing. 

Then there is always the Ghost Tower in the background to visit...

An interesting place to visit and it is the in the heart of China Town so there are a great number of Chinese restaurants for you to choose from - definitely an interesting place to visit, more locals than tourists.