Bangkok Days

Bangkok, by far my favorite town in the world, is an excellent place to start or finish a trip. Normally I always try to stay in another part of the town whenever I am here, just to get to see and know more of it. But I still had a bicycle waiting in Bangkok, so went back to the same hotel as a couple of weeks ago.

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One of the best ways to travel fast and cheap through the city are the fast river boats in the picture.  Be aware that they make really formula 1 style stop & go’s at the pier, so you better be quick hoppin’ on and off.
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River style housing along the Chao Phraya river.
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Genuine Thai smiles at the flower market.

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Flowers on a skewer.

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I always wanted to visit the Baiyoke Tower in Bangkok, but it never happened in the past.  Baiyoke Tower is the highest hotel tower in southeast-Asia with 84 floors.  The tower is 309 m heigh (328 meters with the antenna on top of it).   It stands on 360 concrete piles, each driven to 65 meter into the ground with a 5 meter thick mat over the top.  At the time of completion in 1997 it was the tallest reinforced concrete building in the world.
You can visit the 77th and the 84th floor to admire the spectacular views.

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Some people seem to have their own priorities when visiting Bangkok’s highest tower.
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I arrived in the afternoon but stayed till well after sunset to enjoy the views both during day time as in the dark.

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The Baiyoke tower (right) with the rotating viewing deck on top and the antenna.

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Thai sweets.

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Chinese temple near the Chao Phraya river.

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This lady was doing restoration works on the outside walls of the temple.

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Miniature temples in a park along the Chao Phraya river.

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Happy Bangkok pigeon.
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Another view from the river of the high rises of the city.
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Proudly showing the Thai national flag and the yellow personal flag of King Vajiralongkorn.  These flags are usually flown along to honor the King and the Royal Family.
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Further downstream the Chao Phraya, they are building this gigantic new parliament building.  This 12 billion Baht project should originally be completed in 900 days, but that’s being extended over and over again.  Current dead line is 31/12/2020,  Then, it will be a construction period of 2.764  i.o. 900 days.
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Wat Arun jetty.

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A nice Thai dish, the Bangkok Post….. don’t need much more to be happy.
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Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall, in the Dusit Palace complex.  The building was ordered by King Chulalongkorn and completed in 1915, five years after his death.  I visited it in the past, but it is now closed to the public by the new King.  To the right of the throne hall, you see the golden Memorial Crowns of the Auspice built in 2016 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej`s accession to the throne
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I also re-visited the Jim Thompson House.
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Jim Thompson house.  He reversed the wall panels inside out.
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Demonstration of silk spinning at the Jim Thompson House.

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Apart from river boats on the Chao Phraya, canal boats are also a good option to move from one part of the city to another.

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@ the MBK food court.
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On top of the MBK building are cinema’s and gaming halls.  You can drum….
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you can dance,
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you can game, ….
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The famous Thai ‘Crocodile’ bike.
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My favourite Thai dish ‘pad krapao kai’.

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Bangkok Hua Lamphong train station.
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Welcoming 2020 in front of MBK shopping centre.

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Also Britney was here.
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Hope to be back soon, Bangkok.

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