Khlong Bang Kapi

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  • Day10

    Ayutthaya, the original capital

    November 26 in Thailand

    75 kms north of Bangkok is Ayutthaya, the first capital of Thailand. Ayutthaya was a major trading port in the area. With the arrival of the Dutch in the 17th century, trade was extended to China, Japan, Indonesia, Portugal, Holland and France. The city was conquered by Myanmar in 1769 and burnt to the ground, temples, palaces and all. Many Buddha’s were destroyed. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, some restorations have begun. The only structure that has been fully rebuilt is Wat Panan Cgeong which houses the largest sitting Buddha in Thailand. This defeat by Myramar also was the last time elephants were used in battle. Interested tourists can take an elephant ride (we didn’t) but we did visit the memorial to the elephant warriors. It is customary here to buy either a blanket for the Buddha, a gift of basic supplies or rice for the monks and a bit of gold leaf to stick on a Buddha of your choice. A bit like a popularity contest as some Buddha’s were covered and some had very few gold stickers.Read more

  • Day11


    November 27 in Thailand

    Our boutique hotel in Bangkok deserves an entry of its own. The Ariyacomvilla is a lovely small hotel in the downtown area. It is next to a hospital, and close to busy streets but once we arrive, a sense of peace descends.

    The owner's grand-father-in-law built the main structure to live in. When the Japanese took over Bangkok, the military took the house for its generals. After the war, he got the house back and eventually, the family made renovations, an addition and turned it into a hotel. There is beautiful wood in every room, stones as accents, water features in the courtyard and lots of plants and trees. The public areas are small, maintaining the feel of a private residence. The bedrooms and bathrooms are large, quiet and very comfortable.

    The restaurant is meat-free but does use eggs and a bit of fish. A surprise, but we enjoyed two delicious dinners and the breakfasts are lovely with a wide choice of dishes.

    A hidden gem in Bangkok.
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  • Day7

    Bangkok Busy

    November 23 in Thailand

    Our driver arrived promptly this a.m. to drive us to the airport. Our stay at the Park Royal was an unqualified success and we will miss being spoiled by the staff.

    The airport in Singapore wasn’t too busy and we sailed through without incident. The flight to Bangkok was filled but uneventful and we met our new driver immediately after exiting the baggage claim. The drive to the hotel was long (rush hour ?) and the traffic was chaotic. (what we eventually came to realize was normal).

    The hotel is an oasis amidst a street of 7 eleven’s, massage parlours, laundries, and a HUGE hospital. The best part of the ambiance is the street vendors selling various foods.
    We sampled a Roti made with an egg that was reminiscent of French Toast; delicious.
    We strolled around the block to find 2 large open air restaurants selling fish. You pick your dinner and they cook it right before your eyes. I’m sure we will have some before we leave.

    It was still rush hour and the traffic was horrific. Like Rome, all the scooters weave to the front at every red light and zoom away like the Indy 500 at the first opportunity. Like Peru, the electrical wiring is all above ground and resembles a plate of spaghetti atop the hydro poles. Alan was amazed.
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  • Day8

    Wat Pho

    November 24 in Thailand

    Wat Pho is the temple of the reclining Buddha. The Buddha is 46 meters long and 230 years old. He is gold-plated cement. The temple grounds also houses chedes or pagodas each of which house the ashes of a prominent family. This temple is also an important centre for the teaching of Thai massage and Thai medicine.

    It was very crowded and VERY hot. Our guide, Air, blamed the crowds on it being Saturday.

    All of the temples today required us to remove our shoes.
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  • Day9

    The floating market

    November 25 in Thailand

    An early start (7:30) and a long car ride took us to the Damneon Saduak Floating Market. On the way we stopped off for a bathroom break at a coconut farm. The primary products here seem to be coconut oil and coconut sugar (and providing washrooms for tour buses) but a pleasant extra were the orchids. They are grown without soil, getting their moisture from the air and occasional misting. Allan bought some coconut sugar as a treat.

    The market was quite a slice. Narrow canals with food and souvenirs stalls, as well as vendors in boats. If you express an interest, the vendor hooks your boat, pulls you over and the bargaining begins! Brian got a shirt and Wendy and I bought a small surprise for the grandkids. My favourite part was the coconut nut pancakes. Delicious!
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  • Day10

    National Museum and seafood lumch

    November 26 in Thailand

    We drove back to Bangkok to go to the National Museum. On the way, we passed salt farms; small areas like rice paddies which are flooded with sea water. When the water evaporates, the salt is harvested. There were many stands on the roadside selling bags of salt. We also passed catfish farms which looked a lot like the salt farms, except that machines were aerating the water.

    There are lots of scooters here. Some are taxi cabs. The drivers wear yellow or red vests. Passengers hop on the back, sometime without a helmet. These are cheap and quicker than car taxis as they can run up through the rows of cars. The traffic here is horrendous, it can take an hour to go 2 kms!

    There are also many pictures of King Rama X on the highway. Surprisingly, we see little graffiti.

    The National Museum is across from the Royal Palace and was built in the 1700's as a residence for the queen and crown prince. The compound has several buildings including a temple, a display of ceremonial clothes and most impressively, several funeral carriages. Again, lots of glitter and gold. All very interesting.

    Lunch was a delicious crab and snapper at Kuang Seafood. Then back to the hotel for a swim.
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  • Day187

    Bangkok #2 & Ayutthaya

    March 6 in Thailand

    Zurück in Bangkok hatten wir noch einmal 2 Tage Zeit unsere "Bangkok to do Liste" weiter abzuarbeiten. Am ersten Abend hatten wir einen Tisch auf der Rooftop Bar im Above Eleven reserviert. Beim ersten Mal hatten wir leider ohne Reservation keinen Platz. (Ein Dankeschön an Schöbe für den Tipp, der Bangkok schon fast sein zweites zu Hause nennen kann ;-))
    Die Rooftop Bar befindet sich in der 32ten Etage und die Aussicht in der Abenddämmerung war traumhaft. Das Männerpissoir hat eine verglaste Frontscheibe und bietet einem beim Wasserlassen einen Ausblick, der seinesgleichen sucht.
    Am Mittwoch nahmen wir mit einem MiniVan die Fahrt nach Ayutthaya auf uns. Die Stadt liegt etwa 80 km von Bangkok entfernt und war einst die Hauptstadt des Königreichs Siam. Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts lebten in der "prächtigsten" Stadt der Welt mehr als eine Millionen Menschen. Die Stadt wurde 1767 nach einer 14-monatigen Belagerung der Birmanen fast komplett zerstört. Die restaurierte Altstadt wurde 1991 zum UNESCO Weltkulturerbe ernannt und bietet neben wunderschönen Ruinen, einen in einem Baum eingewachsenen Buddhakopf.
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  • Day3


    February 7, 2017 in Thailand

    Another awesome date night with my lovely wife.

    This has got to be one of the highlights of this trip, the fact that we have had an endless amount of dates. Unfortunately this trip is only temporary.

    There was a cool quote by Charles Chaplin in this restaurant: "Nothing is permanent in this wicket world, not even our troubles"

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  • Day183

    Hanoi to Bangkok

    October 19, 2015 in Thailand

    An ash smog clung to the air and shrouded the city as our taxi drove away from the tightly packed buildings through the crawling early morning traffic. Only once cruising over a motorway bridge to the airport did the sky open up as if exhaling a long-held breath.

    The radiant walls and feathery atmosphere of the departure hall felt foreign as we breezed through. Nevertheless as our footfalls echoed off the ebony floor we were buoyant to be on the move again. Caught by the tourist board with no reasonable excuses, we obliged in completing questionnaires on our stay and ordered a lunch to go, containing neither rice or noodles.

    After months of travelling overland we returned to our starting point of Bangkok on a flight that took less than 2 hours. That said the entire journey still took the majority of the day due to all the additional travel, waiting and form filling required. At Bangkok airport we were greeted with a long-snaking heart-sinking queue through immigration. Tired and bored looks were abound as small children played between the legs of patient faced parents. Time ticked backwards as questions about onward travel and the hammer of rubber stamps reverberated down the line. At least we weren't the man who nearly made it all the way to the front, only to return to the back upon realising he hadn't completed an immigration arrival card...

    We avoided Bangkok's chaotic traffic and took the train into the city centre. Where previously we had stayed in an older part of the city, frequented by backpackers and close to the Stray office, now we stayed in the more modern but equally popular shopping district. A concrete mesh of train platforms and pedestrian walkways stretched above the streets, filled with the colours of moving people and flashing advertisements. Rising up from street level and past our eye line were huge multi-story shopping malls, complete with bowling alleys, ice rinks and cinemas, vying for shoppers' attention.

    This was to be our decompression chamber back to modernity from the fringes of backpacking life but honestly it had the appearance of Bluewater on acid.
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  • Day8

    Nana Plaza

    July 15 in Thailand

    Wir finden, dass man zu Fuß am besten die Stadt erleben kann, auch wenn es sehr anstrengend ist. So sieht man aber das echte Leben in Bangkok.
    Danach erholten wir uns in einer Bar... Denn wir müssen natürlich auch einmal das Nachtleben erkunden. Dafür wählten wir das Rotlichtviertel. Interessant zu sehen, wie die Frauen und Ladyboys sich präsentieren..Read more

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