Sunday, December 11, 2011

Temples in Bangkok:
Phra Nakhon เขตพระนคน district

Wat Indrawihan วัดอินทรวิหาร, also Wat Intharawihan:
The temple is known for Buddhasiariyametriya, a large image of a standing Buddha with a height of 32 meters. The temple was built during the Ayutthaya period and was first called Wat Rai Phrik. During the reign of King Rama VI the temple has been restored by Chao Inthawong (เจ้าอินทวงศ์) and became his name. In this time the large Buddha image Luang Pho Tho (หลวงพ่อโต, พระศรีอริยเมตไตรย) was built. The image is covered with intricately designed 24 karat gold mosaics made in Italy. The top knot of the Buddha contains sacred Buddhist relics from Sri Lanka. In a small building you find the holy well of Phra Putthachan. See the official page of Wat Intharawihan

Picture by Aimaimyi

Picture by Jason7825

Picture by bluegrooove

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Wat Noranat Suntarikaram วัดนรนาถสุนทริการาม: Restored by Phraya Choduek Ratchasetthi (Thian Chotikasathien) in the Fifth Reign. Here you find a Chedi in Gothic style. This is an exception, a rare European influence in Thai temple building art.


See pictures by Gerry Gantt Photography. See video by pongsakornlovic

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Sources of Information about the flood in Bangkok

Donate to help flood victims in Thailand: The Thai Red Cross


Donate also to Mercy Centre in Khlong Toey (Bangkok)

The latest warnings of Bangkok Governor

Thailand Flood Crisis Information Map (by Asian Institute of Technology)

Maps of flood risk areas and protection measures in Bangkok

Map of land elevation in Bangkok: Where the flood could go earlier, because the land lies not high.

Flood map for tourists by Richard Barrow

The youtube flood update guy: Many Thais now listen to Sasin Chalermlarp ศศิน เฉลิมลาภ, secretary-general of the Seub Nakasathien Foundation. A geology graduate, Sasin is a green warrior working on a conservation project in the Western Forest Complex, covering Uthai Thani, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Sawan, Kamphaeng Phet, Kanchanaburi, Suphan Buri and Tak. He now gets a lot of attention for his accurate flood updates. See Sasin Chalermlarp ศศิน เฉลิมลาภ videos on youtube, see his updates on Facebook

Thai songs about the flood: Song for Thai Flood, Flood THAILAND : HELP NOW / PREM ( Natee Nee )
, music thai flood คนไทยไม่ทิ้งกันกมลพร, thaiflood song :Musicians meet victims, Thailand Ayutthaya Flood 2011 music เบิร์ด ธงไชย แมคอินไตย.

@bangkokgovernor and @bkk_best, and www.facebook.com/bkk.best: The presemce of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA). It uses the channels to monitor the flood situation and communicate directly with BMA staff and others.

http://floodthailand.net The governments official website, information on the current situation, lists of emergency telephone numbers. It also allows people to post messages seeking help, by filling in details of what they need and where they are.

@FloodThailand: The Information and Communications Technology Ministry has set up an official Twitter account to keep track of the flood disaster.

http://www.facebook.com/raorukcholpratan and @PR_RID: The Royal Irrigation Department regularly updates its services and assistance available. The department uses the social media along with its main website at www.rid.go.th.

News by Tan News Network on Twitter

Twitter about Bangkok flood

News about flood in Ayutthaya

thaiflood.com: Internet pioneer and founder of Kapook.com, Poramate Minsiri, has founded this group. The group communicates with its volunteers and the others via social networks at Facebook.com/thaiflood and at Twitter.com/thaiflood (@thaiflood and #thaiflood).

www.facebook.com/siamarsa) and (@siamarsa): SiamArsa is a group of volunteers helping flood victims.

Friday, October 28, 2011

After the flood in Bangkok

29.10.2011

'Water motorway' to keep floods away from capital: A team of water management experts have proposed that the government build new "water motorway" to reduce the damage of flooding in Bangkok in the long run. (Bangkok Post)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Thai Bus Timetables - not easy to find, but here they are

The big Thai bus company The Transport Co Ltd has an English section on their homepage, but if you click there, you don't find timetables. And to handle the Thai navigation and then translate Thai information is a bit difficult. That's why we start a litte help here:

North

Buses from Bangkok กรุงเทพฯ to

Chiang Kham เชียงคำ: Click Chiang Kham Bus Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Chiang Khong เชียงของ: Click Chiang Khong Bus Standard 1 (B) 40 Seat with Lavatory and Chiang Khong Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Chiang Mai ชียงใหม่: Click Chiang Mai Bus Standard 4 (A) VIP Double Deck 32 Seat with Lavatory and Chiang Mai Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Chiang Rai เชียงราย: Click Chiang Rai Bus Standard 4 (A) VIP Double Deck 32 Seat with Lavatory and Chiang Rai Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Chiang Saen เชียงแสน: Click Chiang Saen Bus Standard 1 (B) 40 Seat with Lavatory

Doi Tao - Jom Thong ดอยเต่า - จอมทอง: Click Doi Tao - Jom Thong Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Kampangpetch กำแพงเพชร: Click Kampangpetch Bus Standard 1 (B) 40 Seat with Lavatory

Lampang ลำปาง: Click Lampang Bus Standard 1 (A) VIP 24 Seat with Lavatory and Lampang Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Lamphun ลำพูน: Click Lamphun Bus Standard 4 (A) VIP Double Deck 32 Seat with Lavatory and Lamphun Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Lee - Lamphun ลี้ - ลำพูน: Click Lee - Lamphun Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Mae Sai แม่สาย: Click Mae Sai Bus Standard 4 (A) VIP Double Deck 32 Seat with Lavatory and Mae Sai Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Mae Sot แม่สาย: Click Mae Sot Bus Standard 4 (A) VIP Double Deck 32 Seat with Lavatory and Mae Sot Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Nan น่าน: Click Nan Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Phitsanulok พิษณุโลก: Click Phitsanulok Bus Standard 1 (A) VIP Double Deck 24 Seat with Lavatory and Phitsanulok Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Phrae แพร่: Click Phrae Bus Standard 4 (A) VIP Double Deck 32 Seat with Lavatory

Phrae - Song แพร่ - สอง/span>: Click Phrae-Song Bus Standard 1 (B) 40 Seat with Lavatory and Phare Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Phayao-Ban Tom พะเยา-บ้านต๋อม: Phayao-Ban Tom Bus Standard 1 (B) 40 Seat with Lavatory

Sam Liam Thong Kham เชียงแสน: Click Sam Liam Thong Kham Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Sawan Khalok สวรรคโลก: Click Sawan Khalok Bus Standard 1 (B) 40 Seat with Lavatory

Tak ตาก: Click Tak Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Tha Ton บ้านท่าตอน: Click Tha Ton Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Thung Chang ทุ่งช้าง: Click Thung Chang Bus Standard 4 (A) VIP Double Deck 32 Seat with Lavatory and Thung Chang Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory

Utharadit อุตรดิตถ์: Click Utharadit Bus Standard 1 (A) VIP 24 Seat with Lavatory and Utharadit Bus Standard 4 (B) Double Deck 50 Seat with Lavatory and

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

From Bangkok back to the glorious
days of old Siam

Picture Napatsron
Wat Chai Wattanaram วัดไชยวัฒนาราม in Ayutthaya

Can you imagine, that there was a town in Siam with more than one million inhabitants, that was admired by Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Japanese and Persian visitors as well as by Portuguese, Dutch, English, Dane and French guests? This was Ayutthaya, the first capital. Did you know, that The Grand Palace, Wat Arun and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok are copies of the old Grand Palace, Wat Chaiwattanaram and Wat Phra Si Sanphet in Ayutthaya? Today this town is still worth a trip from Bangkok. Read more about its temples and ruins and read reviews of guests, who have been to hotels, guesthouses and restaurants: Treasures of Ayutthaya. On the way you may also stop at Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, where European, Chinese and Thai architecture have melted together.

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Sages Lookout at Bang Pa-In Royal Palace



Discover more in Bangkok:
Your Guide to Bangkok

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Riverside Palace is reborn

See the location on Bangkok Hotel Google Map

Picture Praya Palazzo

Let's warn you first: This palace in italian style with Chinese elements is only accessible by boat from Chao Phraya River. And it has been a neglected building for many years. But then came Wichai Pitakvorrarat, assistant professor at Rangsit University's architecture faculty and principal of Process Architect and Planner Co, and his wife Preeyadhorn, owner and executive director of the company. They fell in love with the more than eighty years old mansion on the Thonburi side of Chao Phraya, searched the owners, convinced them, leased the palace, started the restauration of the old lady to its former glory in april 2008 and turned it into a luxury hotel with 14 rooms: Praya Palazzo has been born. And Nina Suebsukcharoen told this story in details in the Bangkok Post. Originally this house with the name Ban Bangyeekhan was built in 1923. Later it served as a school.

The Praya Palazzo hotel (757/1 Somdej Phra Pinklao Soi 2) is accessible by its private boat, which departs from Wat Rajathiwas pier every 30 minutes and service Phra Arthit pier on request. The room rates start from 10000 Bath. Read the excellent review by Bangkok Post. jakoboertle has a pretty photogallery, and Chakchai's site has another gallery. See also the video of the transformation of the old palace on youtube and follow an interview with Vichai Pitakvorarat on youtube. Praya Palazzo is also on Facebook.




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