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.

Malaysia; Penang – A ferry trip across the Penang Straits.

Hi there! This post is long overdue … way overdue. It’s about a my trip from Penang island to the mainland Peninsular Malaysia across the South Straits or commonly know to the locals as Penang Straits.

As you would have known ( but it if you do not know), you can get to the island by 4 ways from mainland. 2 by road which is going across the Penang bridge or the 2nd Penang bridge (which is the longest in S.E.A; just opened on 1st Mar 2014) or you can fly in to Penang Island. And the 4th is, you can take the ferry from Butterworth to Georgetown, Penang island or vice versa. It will cost you rm7 per car and for a pedestrian is rm1.20 and rm0.60 if you are a student. You only have to pay one way; the trip to the island and it’s free if you take from island to mainland.

This time, I will be sharing on my trip by ferry across the South Straits. The journey takes about 20min. Here’s a brief history of the Penang ferry service. It is the oldest ferry service in Malaysia which connects Sultan Abdul Halim ferry terminal in Butterworth to Raja Tun Uda ferry terminal at Weld Quay in George Town in Penang Island. There are total of 17 ferries but 9 of them has already retired.

Here’s a picture of the layout of the ferry.

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A shot from inside the ferry on the lower deck overlooking the quay.

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Another shot overlooking the island.

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Cars park bumper to bumper. You are allowed to get out from your car once the ferry starts moving.

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Sand ‘pit’.

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Entry to the engine room but of course you are not allowed in.

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A view looking at the mainland which you can Penang port.

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Enjoyed the short trip with me on the ferry? Anyway…  stay tune and see what coming up next. =)

Macau – A Ferry Trip Across (5)

This is my final part of Macau before heading back to Hong Kong. If you have not seen my first 4 parts, pls feel free to have a read on them.

Walking through the alley, you will see lot of shops selling dry meat, Portuguese egg tart, almond cakes and egg rolls. Each of these shops are  fighting for customers. Guess when you are selling the same stuff, surely there will be stiff competition among themselves but the ones who gain are the customers. =)

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… the ruins of St Paul Cathedral.

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Heading back from the ruins ….

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to catch a ferry back to Hong Kong.

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Macau5 (11) The older part of Macau

Macau5 (12) View of Macau-Taipa Bridge from the Ferry

Hope you enjoyed the pictures. So what next? Want to know….then follow me on my next blog!  =)

Macau – A Ferry Trip Across (1)

Last year, I was in Hong Kong with my wife for a holiday, and we decided to take a short day trip (more like a half day trip) to Macau by ferry. In fact you can fly in or even go in style to Macau by helicopter. =)

We left Kowloon area early and went to the pier at Kowloon side to buy our ferry tickets. There are many ferry service providers there so, you can pick and choose the best and or which part you plan to ‘land’ on Macau.  As usual, I let my pictures tell the stories and let you enjoy.

Macau1 (1)  Shot from the pier.

Macau1 (2)  People catching the ferry to Cotai Strip where most of the newest casino are built and located. Most of them are heading to the casinos.

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Macau1 (5) Macau International Airport which is next to the Cotai Strip Ferry pier.

Macau1 (6)Interior of one of the casinos.. all in gold colour

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Macau1 (9) Gondolas, anyone?

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to be continued….