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Too Hot for Free Bikes

Posted by Heliocentrism on May 3, 2010

May 1, 2010

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Remember the last episode of ANTM cycle 6?

Old Stuff Pretending to be Really Old Stuff*

We started off on the free bikes. I was overjoyed when I saw the bikes and then to find out that they were free just made my day! On Friday a friend of ours, who still lives in Seoul, put an invite on his Facebook status to go biking in Nowon. I loved biking in Seoul with him. I miss all the friends I’ve made in Seoul. So, getting some free bikes, brought all those good memories back.

Just leave the bikes here.

Of course these free bikes were in no way as nice or as new, as the ones in Seoul, but they got the job done. The bad thing about the bikes were not the bike’s fault at all. It’s just too hot. Mark and I were biking around, looking for something to drink when a trolley past us.

The trolley is free, by the way. So, we ditched the bikes and hopped on the next trolley. No, we didn’t go back for the bikes. I assume that the workers eventually retrieved them… hopefully.

The trolley was a lot more fun to ride than the bikes. You can get on and off whenever you like. It goes very slowly so you don’t really need to get off to take photos. Most stuff aren’t worth anything more than a passing snap shot anyway.

A kitchen on a little row-boat

Ice Coffee Lady, row me to heaven!

The highlight of the day was the floating market. You can dine at any of the many restaurants around the small lake. But, the more interesting thing to do is to first find a nice place to sit. If you patiently wait, a lady in a row-boat will come your way and she will make some delicious soup for you.

There is also a Coffee & Tea lady, but when we were there she had so many customers that she couldn’t row around. We had to walk over to her boat and stand in line.

Great Coffee… if only it came in a bag.

I would just like to use this time to rant about my love of Thai iced coffee. Let me first explain that I love everything about coffee, but the taste. Let’s be honest, coffee is bitter and yucky. But it is not without some redeeming qualities. It is just as good cold as it is hot. You can also add fists full of sugar and creamer to cover up its horrible taste. Okay, that’s what I really love, sugar and creamer!

I personally like to add condensed milk to my coffee. It’s a one step coffee de-yucky-fier. Out side of Thailand, people make fun of me when I put spoonfuls of this sweet dairy product in my coffee. But in Thailand, I feel quite justified that there is a whole culture that makes its coffee just like I do.

Here, in Thailand, they make coffee fresh,  really strong, and really sweet, then add it to a cup, or most times a bag, filled with crushed iced. The result is perfection chilled. All this for about 8-20THB (25-63 US cents).

The soup is great too!

Here’s another great video by Mark:

*Actually, I have no idea how old Ancient City is. I just thought this made a nice and snappy title.

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Thailand
(ราชอาณาจักรไทย)
(Ratcha Anachak Thai)

How to get there:

  • You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
  • Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
  • People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
  • To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
  • Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.
  • Never eat female horseshoe crabs in Thailand. The roe of the horseshoe crab has tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is toxic to humans. It makes people very sick and some people have even died as a result.

Ancient Siam
(Ancient City)
(เมืองโบราณ)
(Mueang Boran)

How to get there:

  • 13°32’21.9″N 100°37’22.8″E

By Bus –

If you are lucky enough to live near bus 511’s route, then you can use it and take the bus to the end of its line. But your journey isn’t over yet! Hop on the mini-van with the hard to read number 36 on it. Don’t take a nap in the van; you don’t want to pass your stop.

Taxi –

You’re better off taking a taxi on this one. I find that, when using public transportation in Bangkok, if there is more than one traveler or if there is a transfer, then taking a cab is not only cheaper, but easier. You see, the bus system, the BTS (elevated rail), the MRT (underground rail), and thousand minivan routes, are all run by different companies. So, just print out or take a picture of the map in the link below and show some taxi driver. Good Luck!

Address:

296/1 Sukhumvit Road
Bangpoo, Samut Prakan, 10280

Phone:

  • 0-2709-1644-8

Website: The Website brought up a warning on my computer.

e-mail: info@ancientsiam.com

Cost:

Bike and cart rental

The website is a bit confusing on the topic of bike rental. The bikes are free with admission and so is the tram. I’m not sure if they used to charge extra for the bikes, but they didn’t when Mark and I went.

Hours:

  • 8:00 – 17:oo

Notes:

Map: map to show your taxi driver

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Touch Buddha’s Heart

Posted by Heliocentrism on March 7, 2010

March 6, 2010

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3 headed elephant

A Full Day

Mark put this trip together. We saw a lot of stuff in one day. We were originally going to take cabs, boats, songtows, motorbike taxis, etc. But, one of our weekenders brought a car and a chauffeur. At first I was a little worried. The driver managed to get lost just getting to Krung Thonburi BTS Station. But he turned out to be a true professional, and a great time was had by all.

Eating breakfast at the floating market

Green For No Reason

Because we had to wait a long time for the driver to get unlost, I was very hungry when we finally got to the floating market. The market had very delicious food for very low prices in a very colorful atmosphere. John did the translating when it was time to order food.

I had a wonderfully tasty duck noodle dish. The noodles were green for no reason at all. It was great.

Do you want to go inside a 3 headed elephant?

3 Heads are Better

After eating we went to see a 3-headed elephant. There was a beautiful garden on the grounds, but the best stuff was inside the elephant. You must leave your shoes on a rack outside before entering the elephant.

You can take pictures inside, but you cannot take pictures on the first level. I’m not sure why because this was the most boring level. Though, I would have liked to get a photo of the statues in the middle. There are tons of better stuff to snap pictures of on the second and third floors.

See Ya Later

The next stop was to watch gators. This one was a lot better than I expected. I thought it would be completely lame, but it was fun. The elephant show was good. I loved to watch the elephants.

It was a little sad seeing the elephants begging for food. The trainers also didn’t seem to know how to position the elephants so during the elephant painting portion, they lost some of the audience’s attention.

Visitors of the park can walk about feeding various animals. I fed a hippo mainly because I’ve never fed a hippo before. It was fun. I saw lady pay for a chicken and try to feed it to a lion. The lion sniffed it and walked away. Maybe he was full. Come early if you want to feed the lions.

a Buddha with heart

Straight to the Heart

This Buddha was huge! Here we entered Buddha and walked around in his body. Hell was in his feet and heaven was in his head. While we were still inside Buddha one of the monks turned the lights off. That was our cue to leave. On the way out I saw some crazy looking slot machines. It gave me a vague fortune reading.

Golden Pee

Last stop was to the most expensive bathroom in all of Thailand. When we arrived there was a camera crew filming. I don’t know what for, for what channel, or when and where to watch it. It’ll probably be in Thai anyway.

Filming in the john

We all went “number one”. It didn’t feel like a million-baht pee; just a regular pee.

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Thailand
(ราชอาณาจักรไทย)
(Ratcha Anachak Thai)

How to get there:

  • You can enter by plane, boat, bus, or train.
  • Most citizens from many countries do not need to get a visa before going to Thailand. But, you will need a visa to stay longer than 1 month or if you been to Thailand for at least 3 months already in the past 12 months.
  • People of most nationalities will get a 30-day visa at the port of entry.
  • To be completely sure, check with the Thai embassy in your country.

Phone:

Website:

Downloads:

Videos:

Notes:

  • Do not say anything negative about the king or anyone in the Royal family. And definitely do not write anything bad about the king or royal family. This offence could land you in jail. You don’t want to go to Thai jail.
  • Don’t use the city ferries in Bangkok during the peak hours. They fill those things past capacity and sometimes they sink. Use them during non-peak hours when they are not crowded.
  • Never eat female horseshoe crabs in Thailand. The roe of the horseshoe crab has tetrodotoxin (TTX) which is toxic to humans. It makes people very sick and some people have even died as a result.

Bang Namphueng floating market
(
ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง)

How to get there:

by bus –

  • Take bus No. 138 (Chatuchak – Phra Pradaeng), No. 140 (Victory Monument – Suk Sawat Express Way), No. 506 (Pak Kret – Phra Pradaeng), or bus No. 82 (Sanam Luang – Phra Pradaeng).

Address:

Bang Namphueng, Phra Pradaeng, Samut Prakan 10130

Phone:

  • 0 1171 4930,
  • 0 2819 6762,
  • 0-3731-2282,
  • 0-3731-2284

Cost:

  • Free to enter

Hours:

  • Sat & Sun 8:30 -14:00

Notes:

  • The food here is great.
  • There are lots of bright colors and many photo-opts.
  • To catch a cab after visiting the market, get a motorbike taxi to the river ferry near a local temple. Cabs are easier to find on the other side, so I’ve heard.

Erawan Museum
(พิพิธภัณฑ์ช้างเอราวัณ)

How to get there:

  • 13°37’41.9″N 100°35’19.2″E
  • Take a cab.
    • When you get near the museum, you will see it! Make sure the cabbie drives slowly.
    • The sign for the turn is right at the turn.
  • bus – number 25, 102, 142, 365, 507, 508, 511, 536
  • Click here for map and info.

Address:

99/9 Moo 1 Bangmuangmai Samut Prakan, Thailand 10270

Phone:

  • 0-2380-035

Website

Cost & Hours:

  • To go inside the elephant -100THB; open everyday 8:00–17:00
  • Just the park — 50THB ; open everyday 8:00–18:00

Crocodile Farm And Zoo
(ฟาร์มจระเข้)

How to get there:

  • 13°34’20.8″N 100°35’52.4″E
  • Take a cab, bur, or click here for directions.

Address:

555 Moo 7 Taiban Road, Taiban Sub-District, Amphur Muang, Samutprakarn, Thailand

Phone:

  • +66 2 703 4891-5
  • 703 5144-8

Cost:

  • 300THB

Hours:

  • everyday 7:00 – 18:00

Notes:

  • You might want to skip eating at the restaurant in the park. We saw a huge rat running around in the kitchen when we were there. Unfortunately, we had already eaten.
  • It’s an okay place for kids and non-kids.

Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang
(วัดบางพลีใหญ่กลาง)

How to get there:

  • 13°36’30.6″N 100°42’17.2″E
  • Take another cab or bus.

Address:

Moo 8 Ban Klong Samrong Fang Nuea, Tambon Bang Phli Yai, Amphoe Bang Phli, Samut Prakan, 10540

ชื่อ: วัดบางพลีใหญ่กลาง
ที่ตั้ง: ม. 8 บ้านคลองสำโรงฝั่งเหนือ ตำบลบางพลีใหญ่ อำเภอบางพลี สมุทรปราการ 10540

Here are some maps that might be helpful.

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • open everyday at normal, non-specified temple hours

Notes:

  • This is a huge reclining Buddha.
  • You can go inside Buddha and see his heart.
  • You can even put money on his heart if that’s the sort of thing you’re into…

Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai
(วัดบางพลีใหญ่ใน)

How to get there:

  • 13°36’16.8″N 100°42’40.3″E
  • Once again, take a cab.
  • It’s not far from Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang. If it’s not too hot, you can even walk.

Here is a map.

Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai.JPG

Address:

Bangphli Yai
Bang Phli, Samut Prakan 10540, Thailand

Cost:

  • Free

Hours:

  • 8:00 -17:00

Notes:

  • There is actually a very revered statue of Buddha at this temple.
    • It was built a long time ago to help the Thai people to remember the great battle won over the Burmese.
  • But we didn’t see the Buddha. We went to see the temple’s bathroom.

Map:


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