Category Archives: Thailand – 2006 to 2009

Bangkok ’09 – temples and buddhas

We had a quick detour and spent an hour at the wax museum (well, I didn’t go inside the wax museum) and  took a few more photos of the some small Buddhas…  

another Buddha

   

yes i was there

 

I guess everyone’s trip to Thailand wont be complete without seeing those temples and the giant Buddhas. So, on our way back to the city from the floating market, we skipped the cultural show and headed to the temple instead. We were really disappointed because the grand palace was closed that day. I must admit it was my third time in Thailand already but never been inside the grand palace. We went inside Wat Pho and took some photos of the giant reclining Buddha. It reminds of that giant standing Buddha in Ulaanbaatar.  

giant Buddha

 

more buddhas

 

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Bangkok ’09

I was browsing holiday photos again today and was hoping to find those missing Maldives photos but there was no luck still, instead I found those photos from Bangkok holiday that I and two girl friends took last Dec 2009 and decided to post them here.       

It was my first real overseas holiday with friends (that Jakarta trip last 2006 was a combination of work and holiday). It was a great time being away from work for a short time bonding with good friends, trying out local/street  food which I didn’t do during my previous visits in Bangkok and shopping at night markets till 1am. The first street food that I tried was a sausage made of pork, rice and rice noodles, it was ok but it was a little greasy.  After almost 6 hours of shopping at the malls and walking around the city we decided to have dinner in an open air fast food that we passed by while exploring the city. It was all hot and spicy, im not a fan of spicy food but at least I’ve got to taste some local food.       

spicy fried rice with seafood and fresh fruit shake

 

floating market souvenirs

 

We went to the floating market on our last day. Our flight back home was at around 11pm, so we packed our bags, checked out early and leave our bags at the hotel and arranged a quick visit  to the  floating market  (I’ve been there before but my friends wanted to see it)   We had a little situation there when our driver dropped us at the boat station instead of going straight to the market. So, being the one who’ s familiar with the place, I tried to explain to the boatman that we didn’t want to take a canal tour, and besides he was charging us USD40 approx for a few minutes.  I was kind of losing my patience already but i stayed firm, there were 3 men,  insisting that we should try the canal tour.. and no matter I how hard I tried to refuse the offer, they didn’t seem to hear me.   So, I raised my voice and told the driver that we wanted to leave right away and go straight to the market.      

bangkok spices
bangkok spices

 

I’ve seen this spices shop when I was in Bangkok in 2006. Was surprised to see it again, I remember I also took a photo of this shop the last time I was there.  I just couldn’t resist taking photos of those colorful spices 🙂     

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There were lots of interesting finds in bangkok… from colorful bags, wall decors, clothes.. even some weird wooden  ash trays.     

    

food vendors

 

they're a bit off

 

some more souvenirs

 

some more souvenirs

Christmas in Bangkok

Chistmas 2006, this was the first christmas that Richard and I had (as a couple). We decided to take a short holiday in Bangkok to celebrate our first christmas together. It was just for a few days as we needed to go back to work few days after christmas. It was really fun…  exploring the streets of Bangkok, huge christmas trees and of course shopping at the weekend market.  

This trip was very memorable to us, we had this funny/unusual (MBK)  travel experience, which I’d rather not discuss here in details.. by the way we call it no. 48… 🙂

Bangkok at night during christmas season
Christmas elephants
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floating market

We also had the chance  to visit the floating market, and other tourists destinations.  I was really curious what the stricky rice with ripe mango tastes like but I really couldnt convince myself to try it after seeing the way it was prepared.

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floating market
floating market
thai spices