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:
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.
Not many people realize that Bangkok has its own coastline. However, its not white sandy beaches as there are only mangroves and shrimp farms. But, it is an area worth exploring which is exactly what I did on Sunday. I drove down there taking my bicycle and drone. I also did two boat trips. The highlights were the mangrove forest walks and the restaurant on stilts above the sea. During the trip I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. You can see these live tweets here. There is a lot more to discover and so I will be back soon to do some more exploring.
The following map shows the places that I visited during the trip:
PHOTO ALBUM – My first stop was at Wat Hua Krabeu. This is famous for the buffalo head skeletons. Though there was no evidence on this trip. What was of interest though was the “born again” ritual where Buddhists would lie down in coffins. There is a riverside market here at the weekend. Nearby is Khun Kala Floating Market. It’s a relatively new market and there wasn’t much going on here. It probably won’t last. Heading south I stopped briefly at Prince Chumphon Shrine which is shaped like a ship. Prince Chumphon is the Father of the Thai Navy. A short distance away is Bang Khun Thian Museum which is in the grounds of a school. Also around the back of the school there is a mangrove walk. You can rent bicycles here to do a Boardwalk trail out to the sea. I had done this trail before but it was badly in need of renovation this time round. Back near the school, there is a car park where you can catch a boat out to Bangkok Seaview Restaurant. This only costs 50 Baht. Apart from the restaurant on stilts over the sea, the highlight is the boundary marker between Bangkok and Samut Prakan. Due to land erosion, this is now out at sea. You don’t have to eat here. I just took a few photos and then took the next boat back. I drove further along the coast towards Samut Sakhon where I stopped to eat at Jeng Krua Chai Talay Restaurant. Patrons here can join a free boat trip out to the Temple on Stilts out at sea. Check out the link to my tweets at the top which has some drone photos.
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.