Thursday, July 21, 2011

Canal Tour on long tailed speedboat, BKK

Two weeks ago, my wife and I took a “Canal Tour” along Bangkok Yai canal, King River, in Bangkok, Thailand.  I should point out that all sites visited that day we had already did before and even most of them were posted in the different entries of this blog.  So, if you need more information about any sites where we visited on that day, please just click at the links I provided.
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The tour usually last 5 hours; It starts at Pinklao, Bridge, Ferry Pier, close to King Rama VIII Bridge (more info click here), and finishes at The Grand Palace.
However, the trip on long tailed speedboat  along the canal in Bangkok lasted an average of 1 hour only.  It was at the Pinklao Bridge where we boarded it and we disembarked at Tha Tian pier.  From here, we  walked to Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha temple).  After finishing the tour at this temple, we took a Tuk-Tuk to the Grand Palace.  I will post later -on another entry- the picture of Grand Palace  due to firstly, it is a special place, consequently I have a lot of picture of it, and secondly, I want to avoid a very long entry.
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Although Bangkok is one the noisiest city -newspapers reported that the number of cars on Bangkok's overburdened roads was growing by nearly 500 a day- the trip on long tailed speedboat along some canals give the tourists an opposite impression of the city; a very peacefully and quiet city!!!
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According to the history, in the early Rattanakosin period (1782-1851), Bangkok remained a quiet place. It was covered with lush vegetation and had waterways as its chief routes of transportation. The capital underwent some development based on Western models in the reign of King Rama IV who ordered road building, canal digging, ship building. Thus, those canals were not naturally formed. How important the Thai King's vision was... Canals provide many occupation and currently many people can live and support their families by working there. There are many options to roam over the city, on the picture for example, some travel agencies also promote recreational cycling in the city.
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Thai Traditional Puppet, The House of Artists, more info click here
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Along the trip on ferry we saw more than 12 Buddhist temples. We make a short stop at one of them to feed fish. Both Canals and the King River are plenty of fish!!!
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Panoramic view of Temple of Dawn.  More info click here
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What Pho, More info click here
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These two ladies are college students... Here in Thailand all undergraduate students have to wear uniform.  White T-shirt and black skirt  for ladies and white T-shirt and black pants for guys. the same uniform color is for all Thai universities.
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School inside the Temple, where students learn Buddha's philosophy.
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Reclining Buddha at What Pho, The size this Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high!!!

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Tourists and local people throwing coins into the vessel : 15 coins, 15 wishes
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Those pagodas were built in different styles which means they were built in different reigns.
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Many chinese sculpture decorate the Temples...
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Typical roof of  Thai Buddhist temples
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There are also many sculpture in yoga position,
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I like this shot!!!
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Chinese pagodas inside Thai Buddhist temple
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This day was also interesting because we shortly attended a Buddhist ceremony where 2 young monks became officially monks. At their Monks' sides their parents are sat.
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Many of their guests praying too
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