Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (5)

Hi there! Thanks for staying with me on this series; Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya.

Still in the Grand Palace compound, we continue to walk. It is a huge compound.

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Lots of people as it was also a weekend.

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Another view of the Temple of Emerald Buddha from the garden side and it beautiful Jedi. Nice day with for a great photo taking session.

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Grand palace guard post.

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Heading outside, we walked along the Grand Palace perimeter walls to our next destination.

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The building; Ministry of Defense next to the Grand Palace.

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Walking a bit further down the South, we reached the Temple; Wat Pho.

The entrance…..

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Come on!! Are you still following me? Wanna see more of Wat Pho Temple? If yes, the follow me on my next posting. =)

Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (4)

Welcome back on my series ‘Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya’. Let’s get going…..

Moving away from the river bank after visiting the Wat Sam Phraya Worawihan , we took a tuk tuk ride around the area before heading to the Grand Palace.

Passed the Democracy Monument which was located in the middle of a round-about.

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We stopped at a food market near the Grand Palace and had a short walk about.

A smile from food vendor….

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Deep fried fish, anyone?

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Fresh fruit drinks to choose from. Good to have on a hot day. =)

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Walking in from the  Gate of Glorious Victory into the Grand Palace compound. Lots of visitors and tourists everywhere.

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Temple of Emerald Buddha ahead…..

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More picture on my next series. Stay tune for them. =)

Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (3)

Welcome  back! Still on the ferry. Hang on… we will be soon getting off. So stay close. =)

This is Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahawihan or in short, Wat Arun which mean Temple of Dawn taken from the ferry. Dun worry.. we will be heading there soon but at later posting. =)

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Moving away….

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A short stop at the Maharaj pier to drop and pick up passengers.

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Ahead is the Pa Lam8 bridge; one the many bridges across the Chao Phraya river.

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A further view of Wat Arun….

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We decided it was time to get some exercise. We hopped of at Prat Kret pier and started walking.

Nearby the pier, we visited the Wat Sam Praya Worawihan.

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View inside the temple. Devotees going in and giving offering and prayers.

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More walking ahead. so.. stay close and enjoy the walk around the area near the river bank.

Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (2)

Hi! Still enjoying the ferry bus ride on Chao Phraya. Well… there’s more! So let get moving. =)

Still riding on the ferry bus along Chao Phraya river. Sight of old and new building along side the banks of the river.

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A shot from the side of the ferry.

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Ferry buses docking to on the Ratchawong Express boat piers on the banks.

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Crossing under Memorial Bridge. The bridge was opened on 6 April 1932, by King Prajadhipok in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Chakri Dynasty and the foundation of Bangkok just shortly before the Siamese Coup d’état on 24 June 1932.

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The temple; Wat Prayun Wongsawat Worawihan at the far background.

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Another temple close to the river banks; Wat Kalayanamitr

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If you love the temples and their architecture, then you should take a ride here and take stops along the way to enjoy the beauty.

Anyway, stay tune for more on this.

Thailand – Bangkok; Ride down River Chao Phraya (1)

Hello!! Welcome back to my blog. If you have followed me from my previous series, I am still covering on my trip to Bangkok, Thailand back in 2008 (yes… way back then! A delayed posting. =P )

This was my 3rd day in Thailand and I have covered earlier posting on; Damnoen Saduak Ratchaburi Floating Market, Fruit Orchard in Ratchaburi Province, Wat Nong Hoi Temple in Ratchaburi Province , Tree Temple at Samut Songkhram Province, King Rama II Memorial Park at Amphawa, and my last series was on Amphawa Floating Market

Today I will cover on my trip along Chao Phraya River which passes through Bangkok city.

A brief intro before I start my journey. Chao Phraya is one of the major rivers in Thailand with its low alluvial plains. Along the river, there a lots of settlements such as Nakhon Sawan, Uthai Thani, Chainat, Singburi, Ang Thong, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani, Nonthaburi, Bangkok and Samut.  These cities are among the most historically significant and densely populated settlements of Thailand because of their access to the waterway.

In Bangkok, the Chao Phraya is a major transportation gateway for a vast network of river buses, cross-river ferries and water taxis, also known as longtails. There are more than 15 boat lines operate on the rivers and canals of the city, including commuter lines which you can choose from which I will be taking as one of the transport around the river. =)

Ok… let’s get going. Starting off, I hopped on to the Bangkok Skytrain to the Saphan Taksin station (on Shilon Line) in Sathorn District to catch the river bus on Chao Phraya river.

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From the Saphan Taksin station, it was a few minutes walk to the Sathorn Pier. Easy walk. =)

A view from the pier to catch the Sathorn Pier or the Central Pier of the 21km Chao Phraya River Express Boat route.

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The pier is right under the bridge of Sathon Road.

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One of the River buses… shape with roof like an  old Thailand building architecture.

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Hotel Shangrila Palace which is next to Chao Phraya  River.

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One of the many piers along Chao Phraya river.

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Holy Rosary Church built by the Portuguese in Samphanthawong on the bank of Chao Phraya; south of Yaowarat, Chinatown.

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Interesting ride. Wanna see more? Come and follow me on my next posting on this series of ride down River Chao Phraya. =)

Thailand; Bangkok – Amphawa Floating Market (6)

This is my last series of the Amphawa Floating Market in Thailand.

As you can see from my earlier 5 parts, Amphawa floating market does offer lots of local food; hot cooked food to cold dishes and dessert to choose from. Be sure to head there with an empty stomach and you will go back with a full stomach and a big smile on your face (if you are daring to try all of them and also depends on the limit of your stomach to handle the amount and varieties available)

As seen below more dessert which I manage to shot along the market.

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Not sure what are these though. Anyone?

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Tuk tuk also can be seen near the road at the market.

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Walking along the shops near from the canal.

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It was sunset. We head to the other part of the canal where you can catch boats for a ride along the canal.

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At this part, not many stalls but still there were lots of people. Here was more of an area where locals or tourists could catch a ride on the boats.

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A shot from the top of the bridge looking down at the canal

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A shot in the evening. Locals catching tuk tuk…..

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Last a temple near the market.

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That’s the end of another day in Thailand. What’s next in Bangkok, Thailand? If you would like to know, then follow me and you will find out in the next series. =)

Thailand; Bangkok – Amphawa Floating Market (5)

More? Yup, there more on Amphawa floating market in Thailand.  Like it so far?

Anyway, now we heading across the bridge to the other side of the canal to check out the happenings over there.

Sight of an old building as crossing the bridge over the canal.

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View from the top of the bridge down to the canal.

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More food. Anyone knows what’s this?

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There are lots more of food choices here and  the other side. Guess there were way too many to choose from (and also limitation to my stomach storage too. =P )

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This looks like some sweet dessert.

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If any of reader out there who knows what they are, please do be kind enough to educate me as I would like to know their names.

Stay tune for my last part of my Amphawa Floating Market series before I head to my new series. =)