TRAVEL DATE: 5 February 2017
DESTINATION: Nonthaburi Province
Every year, a free boat trip is organized to visit nine temples and shrines in Nonthaburi province. This is mainly of interest to Thai Buddhists as a way to make merit. Nine is an auspicious number and it is fashionable these days togo on trips to worship at nine different temples in a row. The starting point for this trip is in front of the Museum of Nonthaburi. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.
The following map shows the places that we visited during the trip:
LIST OF PLACES I VISITED:
The meeting place for the boat tour was in front of Museum of Nonthaburi. The bilingual exhibition here is really interesting. First stop on the boat trip was Chao Mae Thapthim Shrine which is a short walk from the museum. We then boarded the boat for the rest of the trip. Second stop was Chao Por Lak Muang Shrine. Third stop was Wat Tanod. The fourth stop was Wat Bang Rahong. The fifth stop was Wat Thai Muang. The sixth temple was Wat Khae Nok which also has a popular floating market at the weekend. The seventh stop was Chueng Tha-Na Bot. The eighth temple on today’s boat trip was Wat Chimphli. This is on Ko Kret, which is an artificial island on the Chao Phraya River. The ninth & last temple today was Wat Poramaiyikawas. This is famous for the leaning pagoda which you can see in the drone photo above.
TRAVEL DATE: 5 September 2015
DESTINATION: Chachoengsao Province
At the weekend, I took the British and Canadian ambassadors and their families on a day trip to Chachoengsao. This province is to the East of Bangkok and is easily reached by train and bus. But, if you want to visit some of the more out of the way places like us, it is easier if you can arrange your own transport. Many taxi drivers will allow you to hire them for the day. I did a similar trip last year (see here) but I think the timing and variety of attractions on this trip was much better. Less exhausting at least. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.
TRAVEL DATE: 15 August 2015
DESTINATION: Samut Prakan Province
On Saturday, I went on a Bangkok day trip to Samut Prakan with my friends Chin from Chili Paste Tours and David Luekens from Travelfish. As this was my backyard, I was the tour guide this time round. Highlights of the tour were Phra Samut Chedi, Phra Chulachomklao Fortress, Ban Sakhla and Wat Khun Samut Chin. Our starting point was Paknam Market where you can catch a boat across the river to Phra Samut Chedi. You can travel to the other destinations by songtaew from the pier, but it is much easier if you have your own car like we did. During the trip I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see the embedded tweets from the trip.
TRAVEL DATE: 9 August 2015
DESTINATION: Koh Kret in Nonthaburi Province
On Sunday, I went on a Bangkok day trip to Koh Kret, an island on the Chao Phraya River. I went with Chin, my friend from Chili Paste Tours. We drove there, but it is easier enough to catch a bus to Pak Kret, and then take a ferry boat across the river to Koh Kret. It isn’t a real island. It is basically a loop in the river with a short cut canal down the Eastern side. There are no roads or high raised buildings on the island. It is a great place to explore at the weekend and to enjoy a unique culture that hasn’t changed much over the years. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.
TRAVEL DATE: 24 August 2014
DESTINATION: Nakhon Pathom Province
On Sunday I went on a daytrip with a group of friends to the nearby Nakhon Pathom province. The plan was to visit four attractions which included two floating markets. But, in the end we only visited two places as we stayed longer than we had planned. Plus we ate a lot of food at Don Wai which is a foodies paradise. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.
TRAVEL DATE: 3 August 2014
DESTINATION: Chachoengsao Province
On Sunday I took a group of friends on a day trip to Chachoengsao Province to the East of Bangkok. It was a full day as we arrived at our first destination at 9 a.m. for breakfast and we didn’t get home until sunset. Like most trips of this nature, it is difficult if not impossible to do with public transport. You either need your own car or rent a taxi for the day. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click here to see those pictures and reports.