Category: Top 10 Photo Albums

These are the most popular photos albums on my website from the last 365 days.

Bangkok Varee at CentralWorld

Bangkok Varee @ CentralWorld

Bangkok Varee takes you back in time to experience “the Venice of the East”, the Thai way of life along the Chao Phraya River. Enjoy shopping for popular products from different riverside communities such as Bangkok Noi, Taling Chan, Pak Khlong, Phu Khao Thong and Banglamphu. There are over 200 shops, including 5-star OTOP products from around the country, together with Thai folk performances and various cultural activities. The highlight, of course, is the food. There are many popular shops and restaurants, giving you an opportunity to taste delicious rare local food items, and desserts from all regions of Thailand. Bangkok Varee is taking place in front of CentralWorld in Bangkok from 14th to 31st July 2016.

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Maeklong Railway “Folding Umbrella” Market

Folding Umbrella Market

It used to be billed as “Unseen Thailand”, but I think these days if you haven’t been there yourself, you have definitely seen photos of this market on the railway tracks in Samut Songkhram. Eight times every day, the market vendors have to move back their goods and close their umbrellas in order to let the Maekong-Ban Laem train pass. This has been going on for quite a few years now, but it is still unique for the tourists who flock here to see this unusual market for themselves. Trains arrive at Maeklong Station at 8.30 a.m., 11.10 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 5.40 p.m., and depart the station at 6.20 a.m., 9.00 a.m., 11.30 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. To get here from Bangkok, catch the train to Mahachai from Wong Wian Yai Station. Then, in Samut Sakhon, cross the river by boat and get back on the train at Ban Laem Station. If you miss the last train back, there are plenty of buses and minivans that go to Bangkok.

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“Forest in the City” in Bangkok

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These days it is hard to find a green patch of land in cities like Bangkok. Which is why it is good to see corporations like PTT, a Thai state-owned oil and gas company, with a “Green Roadmap”. Their first “forest in the city” plot is in an urban area of Prawet district in Eastern Bangkok. The objectives of this 4.74 acre plot are to increase green spaces for city dwellers and to promote afforestation as the green symbol for Bangkokians. People can go and observe the forest from a skywalk and from the top of a 23 meter high observation tower. This way they don’t disturb the 250 native plant species in the forest below. “The Metro – Forest Project” (โครงการป่าในกรุง ปตท.) is open ever day, except Mondays, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free.

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CentralPlaza Westgate Shopping Mall

CentralPlaza Westagte Shopping Mall

CentralPlaza Westage is a new shopping mall in the Western suburbs of Bangkok. This is the first big shopping mall in this area. It is on the Bang Yai intersection between the Kanchanapisek Outer Ring Road and Rattanathibet Road. Technically it is in Nonthaburi and not Bangkok. They reckon that 13 million people live within one and a half hours from this new mall. This includes people from Bangkok, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Pathom, Suphanburi, Kanchanaburi and Ratchaburi. The gross floor area is 500,000 sqm making it one of the biggest malls in Thailand.

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PlearnWan Vintage Market

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If you plan to visit Hua Hin on holiday, be sure to check out PlearnWan which is a market with character. A rare commodity these days. They bill it as a “living museum”, but it is mainly shops and food. PlearWan is a recreation of olden day markets complete with products not seen by Thai people for a long time. Which is why it is probably more popular with Thais than foreigners. The name “Plearn” comes from combining the English words “play” and “learn”. The Thai word “wan” refers to the past.

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The Venezia Hua Hin

The Venezia Hua Hin

Continuing in the trend of themed shopping malls in Thailand comes The Venezia Hua Hin in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. On the surface it seemed quite a good idea of building a replica of Venice in Thailand complete with St. Mark’s Square, the Bell Tower and even gondolas on a canal. For some tourists, it may be an interesting place to spend an hour taking selfies and pretending you are elsewhere in the world. But, as a shopping mall, it is very lacking in interesting shops. During my visit, not many of them were open and the ones that were, didn’t have any customers. I have heard that The Venezia is now charging a 50 Baht entrance fee which will probably deter more even people. Who wants to pay to go shopping? There are some interesting attractions on the premises, like 3D Museum and Upside Down house, but these too have entrance fees.

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Hello Kitty Resort in Loei

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The latest themed resort to open in Thailand is Kitty Resort in Phu Rua district of Loei. The resort is obviously aimed at the many fans of the famed Hello Kitty character. If pink isn’t your favourite colour then you probably wouldn’t want to stay here. Everything is pink from the bed sheets and walls of the rooms to the coffe shop and even the driveway. Prices for the resort start at 1,500 Baht per night for the tents to 2,500 Baht for the cabins. If you just want to visit the gardens to take selfies, then entrance fee is 20 Baht. Please note, the owners of the resort don’t seem to have a license from Sanrio to use the images of Hello Kitty which is why they are calling it Kitty Resort.

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Suan Peung Flintstones Resort

 Suan Peung Resort

For lovers of the cartoon characters from The Flintstones there is a perfect resort for you to stay in Ratchaburi province. It’s called Suan Peung Resort and many of the “bungalows” are shaped like the characters from The Flintstones. You can now stay the night in Fred, Wilma, Barney and Betty. For families, the best place to stay is in Dino which has several rooms including one upstairs in the head. The rooms don’t come cheap, but they do go fast. If you are interested, you can book these rooms on agoda.com

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International Wax Candle Festival

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

One of the biggest and most beautiful festivals in Thailand is the Candle Procession which marks the start of the Buddhist Lent. In Thai this is called Khao Phansa which is the day after the full moon in July.  Traditionally during this period, Thai Buddhists take part in parades to their local temples where they offer basic essentials and candles to the monks. The biggest and most famous parade in Thailand is the International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession at Thung Si Mueang Park in Ubon Ratchathani province.

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Cha-am Night Market

Cha-am Night Market

The night market in Cha-am takes place every Wednesday night and is the biggest of its kind in that area. It’s popular with both Thai and foreign tourists as well as local people. The market starts from about 5:30 pm and runs until 10 pm. The market is massive and is spread out over a large area near the municipal offices and the railway station. For foodies there is a lot to taste and consume and so make sure you come hungry. However, there are many other stalls selling things like jewelry, clothing, electronics, DVDs and all kinds of gifts and souvenirs. There is surely something for everyone.

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