Walking Routes in Bangkok - John Bush and more

Stop 1: Wat Suan Phlu - a small Wat, with a small reclining Buddha, lovely, a stop with making if you are in the area

Stop 2: Embassy of France 

Stop 3: Old Custom House - this is an amazing place, certainly an interesting place steeped in history, I wonder what will happen to it...

Stop 4: Haroon Mosque - a pocket of Muslim community and small surrounding neighbourhood 

Stop 5: Harmonique - a small Chinese restaurant in an old house, went in for a coffee, so that's all I can add - very popular with tourists and certainly photogenic 

Stop 6: Wat Muang Kae - a small Wat, next to a school but between tall skyscrapers and more

Stop 7: Street Art - a collection of popular street art along the wall 

Stop 8: Warehouse 30 - a collection of old Japanese warehouses now a set of trendy shops, art collections and more
   location: https://goo.gl/maps/Ho8wpdNPf1z  

Stop 9: House No.1 - a classical mansion on the vintage Captain Bush Lane, open for special events

Stop 10: Si Phraya Express Boat Pier - this is where you can get a boat on the Chao Phraya River, it's always worth getting it once

Bangkok development?

Sometimes your favourite restaurant for lunch is taken away 
- this was Embassy Park Plaza!

Do you think they will make another shopping mall?

We need more of them in Bangkok (sic).

Bangkok 101 - July

What can you do if you are visiting Bangkok?

One of the best things to read is Bangkok101 - https://www.bangkok101.com

Amongst other things it tells you what is happening this month - https://www.bangkok101.com/whats-on-in-july/

The edition this month focuses on Organic Food in Thailand.

Boycott Starbucks

Well their coffee is the most expensive in town as well...


What’s that smelly fruit called?

Durian – I have no idea why people eat this fruit – I think it is revolting BUT so many of my friends eat it and tell me that it’s wonderful.

Every so often on my trips to Chantaburi  (my friend lives there) I am asked to bring some Durian back with me – it is at Chantaburi that the World Durian Festival in May is held.  

The Durian is a formidable looking fruit, (maybe a natural warning?) and the fruit is housed inside a skin of hardened spikes – which are certainly dangerous if it falls out of a tree and you are standing underneath.

The Durian housing is carefully split and the fruit emerges with a very distinctive smell (and taste) that reminds me of dirty socks. So the Durian always reaches my friend untouched and I never want any.

But I suggest that you try it because you might like it?

Look who else likes it...

Time for some stone painting

If in doubt find something around you to be creative?

Last Sunday we had a group of local children paint some stones and put them together.

We had great fun

July - You know you have lived in Thailand when.....

The motorbike taxi driver hands you a helmet and you put it ON!

After moving to Bangkok I have become aware of things which are now normal to me because I live here – and subsequently a facebook site about this 
“You Know You've Lived In Thailand when.....” – https://www.facebook.com/groups/YouKnowYouveLivedinThailandwhen/   

So once a month I will contribute to this.

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To read the review (and others) please click here 

Ice Cream Selfie?

So I had to have one to see how this ice-cream was linked to a selfie...

Strange - made in Indonesia for export only?

And... not sure what I was supposed to do - 
take a photograph of me eating it and share it with the public?

Candy Crush, sharing and adverts

Okay I admit I play Candy Crush but I have yet to buy anything. Then I am told I can record my game - why?

Then I got an advert and I got specials. What's next?

the jam Factory

To read more about my visit, coffee and pate - click here 


Walking Routes in Bangkok 2 - Nang Leong

Route Two of the Walking Routes in Bangkok.

Stop 1: King Rama V Monument - พระบรมรูปทรงม้า - this is a Bronze equestrian statue dedicated to King Chulalongkorn (Rama V), who ruled from 1853–1910 and where I recently visited for the display of flowers and the Winter Festival.

Stop 2: Paruskawan Palace - this is a historic site, it was built by King Rama V for his son after he returned from education in Russia, and it really is quite beautiful with it's gardens and cared for buildings, almost wanted afternoon tea in the garden.

Stop 3: The Police Museum at Paruskawan Palace - this museum is all about the evolution of the Thai Police - it has certainly changed a lot.

Stop 4: Wat Benchamabophit - The Marble Temple - because of the amount of Italian marble which was used to build it!  This was certainly a busy place - full of tourists

Stop 5: Nang Leong Market - a wonderful and vibrant market selling mostly food, lovely people and all embracing, the food was plentiful but not sure about the coffee.

Stop 6: Admiral Shrine - at the back of the market but not sure that I found it because this one was raised?

Stop 7: Sala Chaloem Thani - this is one of the few remaining wooden cinemas in Bangkok, first screening in 1918, quite a special building, not sure what will happen to it though...

Stop 8: Wat Sunthon Tham Tham - unfortunately I was unable to get inside though.

Stop 9: Nang Leong Art - this is an original shop - these are ceramic pins made by the shop for funerals, culture and history all in one place

Stop 10: Ban Ten Ram Nang Loeng - this was a place for young girls who liked dancing and socialising and apparently this still happens here

Stop 11: Ban Naraslip - this is where the first Thai film production company was - Naraslip Cinema, and still provides information             

This is an article from the Bangkok Post about Nang Leong.

These are extra places that I found

Stop A: Eden's Coffee Shop - very photogenic cafe and has the drip coffee - a nice place, serves good but never had it            

Stop B: Statue of Prince Chumphon Khet Udomsak อนุสาวรีย์พลเรือเอกเจ้าฟ้าบรมวงศ์เธอกรมหลวงชุมพรเขตอุดมศักดิ์ - in front of a Naval Museum        

Stop C: สำนักงานคณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตแห่งชาติ (Office of The National Anti-Corruption Commission)  - not exactly sure what this is - it was closed       
  location: https://goo.gl/maps/Mzc8YQsrQks 

Stop D: Anywhere on the street for something to eat      

Stop E: A small home outside the Nang Long Market - this was certainly interesting and I thought I had read about this home somewhere...
  location: https://goo.gl/maps/CQS5GLzZnRp 

Stop G: A Chinese pharmacy Nakhon Sawan Rd - this reminded me of being in Phuket Old Town, very interesting
  location: https://goo.gl/maps/1hjcrh4qdys 

Stop H: Royal Thai Government House Office ทำเนียบรัฐบาล - an impressive building on this  road, in fact there are quite a few on this road 
  location: https://goo.gl/maps/rfFyeQvUiJU2 

Stop J: Rajadamnern Thai Boxing Stadium - established in 1945 and is recognised in the community as the oldest and greatest boxing stadium in Thailand
  location: https://goo.gl/maps/aioiyLbWLL62

Bangkok Walks 1 - Yaowarat  

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