Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 2 Part 1

June 24th, 2011 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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There were lots of photos, so I divided the day into 3 segments. Part 1 covers from morning till about 2.30pm. Part 2 covers from 3pm till we reached Pattaya at around 6.30pm, and Part 3 covers the rest until night.

Part 1

Wake up call at 6am. Had breakfast at the hotel by 7.30am, checked-out and off to our first destination – boat trip on the Chao Praya. We took the tour coach to the River Complex, one of the stops for the ferry service.

This is the river complex. notice people walking by? They alighted from the ferry and walking to their work destination. Imagine our Damansara/Segambut/Klang/Gombak rivers used for such purposes.

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Along the way to the complex, we saw something unique – motorbike taxis. The pillion rider pays the motorcyclist a fee to drop them at certain location. Unique indeed!

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Some of the traditional food items. Those workers who are going to work will buy breakfast from the stalls along the road.

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The flower stall  along the road outside the complex even has Hindu deities pictures:

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The tour group had 25 people, so things moved a bit slower than usual. We took the boat at Hilton area and went up to the location where can feed the catfishes at the temple area.

The pier:

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Our tour guide is the one seat (green shirt). Nickname’s Alex but real name is Aran.

 

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One of the souvenir sellers using boat to peddle their wares:

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One of the fish at the Buddhist monastery river area attacking the bread:

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Here’s a short video clip of the boat trip:

 

We turned back at the fish feeding area and then stopped at Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn), which is located at the banks of Chao Phraya, at about 9.15am. It was the Royal Temple dedicated to the 2nd Chakri Dynasty. Ticket to climb the structure costs 50 Baht (RM1 is about 10 Baht) per person. The stairs are very steep.

This is the view of  Wat Arun from the river:

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The outer prayer area at Wat Arun:

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Sleeping buddha:

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One of the statues at the Wat area:

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This is the view from the Wat Arun:

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Another view:

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Next (short) stop was a leather factory, which I think the tour company tried to earn some commission. Unfortunate for them, no one bought anything 🙂

This was followed by visit to four faced Buddha (which looked like Lord Brahma) in the shopping area. Its known as the Erawan Shrine near Ratchaprasong Square. We can buy the flower and incense stick and pray here. Similar to Bali, we noticed that many houses/buildings in Bangkok has a shrine outside. It seems that the shrine is build first to protect the construction of the house/building.  This particular shrine is very famous.

The Four Face Buddha:

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You can pray accompanied by dancers:

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Another view of the Four Face Buddha:

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Information Signage on the Four Face Buddha:

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We stopped at McDonalds at Amarin Plaza (they serve pork burger, so not halal ya…) to buy ice cream while waiting for the bus (did I mention it was HOT? ). Cost 13 baht for chocolate coated vanilla ice cream.

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Burgers offered:

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Had lunch around noon at Royal Dragon Restaurant which is one of the largest restaurants in the world with unique roller-skating waiters. Food was ok.

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There’s a picturesque view in the restaurant:

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One of the skating waiters:

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The restaurant’s Guiness Book of Record statement:

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Another short stop at a herbal factory, S.K. Natural Herbal Shop, (again no buyers) at around 1.30pm.

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We also saw few Tesco outlets. According to the guide, Tesco and 7-11 stores are quite common and have replaced the traditional sellers.

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It was quite hot, according to the thermometer, it was 42 degrees, but probably the heat from the windscreen affected the reading.

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The full set of  photos for the Day 2 Part 1 (from morning until afternoon) is below:

 

Read Day 1 here:

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