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Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 2 Part 1

June 24th, 2011
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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:

Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1

May 19th, 2011
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Managed to squeeze a short holiday to Bangkok and Pattaya (thanks Then) last month (no Internet, so that explains lack of activity on blog and social networks). Here’s the short and long of the trip:

Day 1 is basically getting to Bangkok from KLIA and nothing much to visit. Took a two-hour flight at 12.30pm and reached Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (which looks similar as KLIA) at 1.30pm or so (Bangkok is (-1) hour from Malaysian time).

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From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1

The trip to Bangkok centre took nearly an hour, traffic was not as bad (it was school holiday as well) as usual. Noticed that Bangkok looks clean. The people are similar to Malaysians (you have Malay and Chinese looking people), and the weather/environment/plants/cars/roads etc all look similar to Malaysia. In fact, if you don’t notice the signages and don’t hear the Thais speak, you’ll be thinking that you are in Malaysia. Oh, one difference – can see more dogs and also lots of non-halal food.

Our guide, Alex, warned that the weather is a bit unpredictable and that it has been very hot lately.

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From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1
From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1

Checked in to hotel at nearly 3.30pm since our tour group consisted of people from different packages. We stayed at Siam City Hotel at Si Ayuthya road. Early dinner at 6pm at a local restaurant. Met some of the other tourists – few elderly Chinese couple (some Malaysians and some who migrated to Australia). Later took a walk to Victory Monument roundabout (15 mins from hotel) just to see the city environment and after office movement.

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From Bangkok Pattaya Trip Day 1

Rest of the photos here:

 

Day 2 coming up next.

Cameron Highlands

January 2nd, 2011
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Cameron Highlands was wet during the last few days of 2010. We went to the usual places like the pasar malam Brinchang (nothing much to shout about for locals), Sg Palas Boh Tea Center, Kea Farm, Raju Hill Strawberry Farm, Tanah Rata’s row of food shops, and Big Red Strawberry Farm. Didn’t cover the jungle trails nor the rose/cactus/butterfly/insect farms.

This time around, we also  managed to visit MARDI’s Agritech Park in Tanah Rata. Entrance fee is RM3 per person. The strawberries and plants sold here are cheaper than those sold in the shops, but you have to be early (before noon if possible to get them).

The place is in Tanah Rata, you can find signages aplenty.

The flower varieties were quite good. They have about 20 over Rose varieties.

From MARDI Agrotech Park Tanah Rata
From MARDI Agrotech Park Tanah Rata
From MARDI Agrotech Park Tanah Rata
From MARDI Agrotech Park Tanah Rata

Also saw locally grown apples and vegetables.

From MARDI Agrotech Park Tanah Rata
From MARDI Agrotech Park Tanah Rata

Read more about the park here:

http://agromedia.mardi.gov.my/tourismch2006/index.htm

Some of the photos we took:

Even though it was off-season, strawberry plucking was one of the activities available at Big Red Strawberry Farm at Brinchang. Then had a gala time being a strawberry picker 🙂

From Big Red Strawberry Farm

We also went to another favorite spot – Sg Palas Boh Tea Center. We arrived at around 9am and the weather was cold with slight drizzle. The crowd started to come in by 10.3oam. Nice place to enjoy your morning cuppa.

On the way back, our usual pit stop at Cameron Bharat Cafe which serves brownie with ice-cream. But the masala tea was a bit light.

From Cameron Bharat Tea Cafe

Read my previous visits to Cameron Highlands here:

http://poobalan.com/blog/personal/2010/01/21/holiday-at-cameron-highlands/

http://poobalan.com/blog/personal/2008/05/27/cameron-highlands-day-1-at-cameron-valley-and-smokehouse-hotel/

http://poobalan.com/blog/personal/2008/05/28/cameron-highlands-day-2-at-farm-tea-estate-and-mountain/

http://poobalan.com/blog/personal/2008/05/29/cameron-highlands-day-3-buying-plants/

http://poobalan.com/blog/personal/2008/04/09/sungai-palas-boh-tea-plantation/

Deepavali Photowalk in Tengku Kelana Klang

October 31st, 2010
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Attended Lolgraphy’s Deepavali Photowalk on Saturday morning. Was a bit late, but those guys started late too :-). This time, it was an all-guys team consisting of Selian, Kavilan, Raaja, Saravanan and Puvanan.

Had breakfast at the bak kut teh shop near the end of the bridge before joining up with them near the flower stalls in Tengku Kelana.

Since its was a cloudy morning, there were less crowd and the not enough color around. Ended up taking more shots of the blue mosque and the mosque across the river.

We spent about 2 hours only so, not much pics.

India Trip Day 7

September 13th, 2010
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Read the caveats here before proceeding.

The following are events that took place on 10th July 2009 and covers Tanjavur-Tiruvaiyaru-Tanjavur-Tiruchi route. Read about the previous day here.

After a long hiatus (like 1.3 years!), I managed to write about day 7 of our journey (just thinking about  writing on the next 20-days to go gives me a headache!).

OK, here we go: We woke up quite early (around 6am) but our driver didn’t!We took the chance to take photos around the hotel.  The hotel listed useful info such as places of interest and distance. Quite useful if you snap a photo of it for reference.

The garden

Still use old style padlock!

Ended up leaving the hotel around 7.10am for our first destination, the famed UN World Heritage Site-listed Brihadeeswarar Temple aka Tanjavur Periya Koyil (Big temple). The temple is huge due to the large ground area. The main deity is Lord Shiva in his lingam form (4 metres high!). The temple looks similar to Airavateswar Temple (which we visited on Day 6). The parking cost Rs10. The crowd was less, and we were blessed to witness the abishegam ceremony for Lord Shiva. Left the temple at 9.30am for breakfast.

Had breakfast at nearby Abirami Restaurant, and then followed by trip to Tanjavur Palace which houses the museum.

The museum houses many artefacts from early as 7th century AD. A must visit for history and archeology fans. Spent about an hour here (10 to 11am).

The whale bone from 1955

Next stop, the Saraswati Mahal (a library) which is just next to the Tanjavur Palace (they share the same compound). There’s also a shopping gallery called the Tanjore Collections on the upper floor, under the auspices of Tanjore Handicrafts Workers Co-op Cottage Industry Society. Spent about 30 minutes here.

We proceeded to Saint Tyagaraja Samadhi in Tiruvayaru. He was a renowned poet and musician who lived in the 18th century.  He was born in Tiruvarur (not to be confused with Tiruvayaru which is close tho each other) and was named in honor of Lord Tyagaraja of Tiruvarur (The Tiruvarur chariot comes to mind).

The Samadhi is located on the banks of Kaveri river. Around middle of the year, Kaveri looks like desert!

Kaveri looks like this after rainy season starts:

We then stopped by the Arkondan Big Temple but since it was noon time, the temple was closed. We walked around and got kind of chased away since they didn’t like us snooping around.

Unique feature: Two Vinayagars

Left at 2.30pm to our next destination, shopping at Poompuhar Handcidraf Centre next to our hotel. We spent about 1.5 hours there and then check-out from hotel to proceed to Sivaganga Park.

Sivaganga Park is just like our playground or parks, except that its quite run down and simple-looking. There’s a diesel powered train that runs through the park, which takes about 10 minutes. The diesel smell is overwhelming, so skip it if can. You can walk the entire park within 20 minutes actually. Nothing much to see except some animals in cages. You can also view the gopuram of Brihadeeswarar Temple from the park. The park houses Sivaganga Teppakulam (water tank). All in all, we spent about 30 minutes here.

We left Tanjavur town at around 5pm and moved on to Tiruchi. Took about 2.5 hours. We checked into Hotel Mathura near the Tiruchi bus station. Had our dinner at the Sri Krishna garden/open air restaurant nearby. The meal was delicious.

That’s about it for Day 7. We had good day overall as we managed to cover our itinerary.

Photo of the day:

I would say that a visit to the Periya Koyil to view the abishegam is a must do!

Read the next day (Day 8) here (to be updated).