Friday, June 24, 2011

King Rama VIII Bridge

King Rama VIII Bridge!
The length of this bridge is 475 m; but, the total length, including the approach spans, is 2.45 km. It had been built from 1998 to 2002.  It has 2 lanes per traffic direction and a bicycle and walkway lane.  It is a really amazing structure in Bangkok, and it commemorates the memory of King Rama VIII.

There are fantastic images to be taken here at all times of the day. If you are keen on bridges and photography, this is a must visit location. I like this place!!!
The day I took this picture I walked from this bridge until Thammasat University!  This tour I did in less than 2 hours.



About its structure “It is an unsymmetrical cable stayed bridge with one Y shape pylon which is 163 m high.  The bridge itself is a cable-stayed bridge with a peculiar “A” shaped pylon as its only support; located about 1/3 the distance from the west end of the bridge. The cables are painted a gold/yellow color, as are a number of other metal components. It is a beautiful sight to lay eyes on, especially at dusk and into the night.”



There are many restaurants located by this bridge.  My wife and I occasionally go to a restaurant, Kinlom Chomsaphan, where you can hear live music!!!  At 6 or 7 pm the atmosphere in this restaurant is really nice: romantic music, sunset, dark-blue sky and then many yellow light bulbs illuminate the bridge.


“The combination of beautiful architecture combined with a park atmosphere makes this place quite attractive to city goer’s needing a break and some exercise.  There is, however, a small area under the eastern flank, which harbors a dead end street and small area where you’ll usually find people fishing or just handing out”.  You can see more photos here






A public ferry

















These last photos I took from Thammasat University campus. 









Someone lost his/her pet, it says: "If you find it the reward is THB 5,000" (almost USD 175.00)  So far, I am looking for it!!!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Charoenkrung I

Yesterday, we took the Marriot hotel's shuttle boat crossing the King river to Bangkok downtown.  Suddenly, we were attracted by a Singaporean family who were enjoying the trip with their little cute daughter.  Therefore, I had asked for the permission to take a photo of the father and his daughter in the memory of the "Father Day".  Today, Sunday 19th of June is the "Father Day" in the South American countries.  Wishing you all men a very Happy Father Day !!!  Again, we trekked along the riverside and dropped by many five stars hotels along the Charoenkrung road such as the Shangkri-la, the Oriental, and the Royal Orchid Sheraton.  We had found an Antique Shop selling many interesting European statues of the world historical famous heros.  You can find them here on my blog.







Thursday, June 16, 2011

Sunset, BKK

Last Sunday afternoon my wife and I decided to visit a Catholic Church, close to the Taksin Bridge.  We went this bridge by ferry and then walked towards the Church.  I will post later pictures I took there.  After visiting it, we strolling along this area and by chance we got to a 5 Stars Hotel: The Shangri La.  It is located on the Chao Phraya River and is close to the business and shopping districts.. That afternoon was sunny and so hot, so we came into the hotel to have some drinks.
We went to the Riverside Lounge and took some beers in a romantic atmosphere .  It is so expensive but it is definitely worth visiting it.
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Friday, June 10, 2011

TALING CHAN FLOATING MARKET, BKK


Visiting this kind of Market is always an amazing experience. Truly speaking it is like traveling back in time to the beginning of thai culture!!!  In contrast to the  Department stores -here in Bangkok there are many modern and luxurious ones- people here at the traditional market are always smiling,  making tourists fell really welcome.  For example, when they noticed I was taking photos of them, they even kept smiling!!!!!

However, this Floating Market is relatively new, Starting from 1987, Mr. Prachum Ch.  Talingchan district director at that time has initiated the project aiming to create a market place for agricultural products which where abundant in the surrounding area.  Then the market was transformed into a floating Market,  Beginnng from the construction of 5 bamboo rafts to sell foods and noodels in 1999, and being gradually developed to the present day of 11 iron floats.  Boat excursions to visit Orchid farms, flower nurseries, or snake farms in Phasi Charoen canal also are available for the tourist.

Local government is promoting this place to be visited by tourist and locals, the day we went  there, there was a group of journalist doing a TV reportage. you can see them on pictures