Moving on from the shopping and the eating, I have decided to dedicate this post to just street photography. Although I might reuse some of the photos that were posted on my two previous posts. (I still have tons of photos that I have not edited)
I can say that most of the photos that I took are mostly snapshots of the trip and may not have any value to the eyes of the pro photographers. You know when you are on a trip and you would rather bask in the ambience rather than capture thousands of photos of the same thing just for keepsake.
Ok, I was just being polite. I was dead tired from all the walking and sometimes I forgot that I had a camera with me. (The analogy during National Service came to mind – shagged cannot think is it?) Carrying a heavy camera with a backpack and my other amenities, I had to push through big crowds especially during the weekends. I do not want to anger any of the locals. (They were actually quite nice)
I told you that most vendors don’t open their stalls during the midday. They will wait till it’s evening when it’s a bit cooler.
Anyway, I’m liking this shot above because of the colour of the canvas matches the paint on the wall. It was camouflage. And, the guy at the extreme right of the picture is a taxi rider. Yeah, they do taxi rides on motorbikes. But from what I heard, it is more expensive than taking the BTS. (Maybe for the tourists)
On our second day in Bangkok, we decided to go to the Grand Palace and we took the BTS all the way to the Sathorn and take the boat ride along the Chao Phraya river.
We bought the blue pass (the tourist pass which is basically a 1-day pass), which costs us 150 Baht per person. A lot of tourists who had been there told us to get just the orange pass which means you have to know where you want to go and it will only cost you 13 Baht per person per trip. It’s actually a lot cheaper. But, the boat is always full. The last boat that came at 6 pm were too full and a lot of people got stranded at the jetty and most probably have to take the taxi back to their hotels.
The image on the top is the Krung Thon Bridge. It was captured during the golden hours in the evening when we were going home.
In my first post, I did mention about the Grand palace. So this is the temple in Grand Palace which requires you to pay 500 Baht per person. Locals are free to go in as an when.
Anyway, I’m not going to talk so much about Grand Palace other than the fact that it was fully packed with tourists and as you can see from the photo itself, I can’t get any decent shots without any tourists. And there were a surge of tourists from China and then I realised that it was still during Chinese New Year Period. Happy Chinese New Year!
We were doing quite a bit of walking and waiting around for the boats. From this place, you can get a boat ride (different ticket with a different price) to the famous floating market. Didn’t want to go there as I do not want to pay. Hahaha.
We did get down at almost every jetty stop along the Chao Phraya River and was glad that they had some kind of flea market/carnival at the end of the street. We didn’t want to walk all the way to the end but we needed to use the toilet and couldn’t find one at the jetty. So we walked all the way along the streets to the end to find this gem called Bangkok Edge. They had music and all the things that make a carnival.
Their takoyaki is unique as they use a whole baby octopus. Only the head of the octopus is covered in the dough. It’s super duper nice. We asked for spicy and we got it. Before that, I think we had their Phad Thai. (from a different stall)
The image below was when we dropped off at the famous flower market. This is one of the funnier moments. We thought that it’s going to be this beautiful blooming flowers in a special kind of place.
When we reached there, it is basically a wet market selling the same type of flowers. The ones that you use for a garland. Interestingly, if I’m not wrong, this is the biggest flower market in the world. Anyway, since I see there is no point for me to take photos of flowers, we went out to the other side of the market and go out onto the streets.
This was our last stop before we made our way to Asiatique. This is the posh version of Chatuchak Market.
The reason why you won’t see any photos of the market itself is photography is not allowed when you are inside the shopping area. It’s like Bugis street in Singapore. Shop owners do not want you to take photographs of their shops and their stuff.
For Muslims, if you ever want to taste the local cuisine along the streets, this is where you should go. How to get there?
1) Take the BTS and drop off at Ratchathewi Station
2) And walk straight down and find this road called Phetchaburi Soi 7
If you are not sure, just ask a local, and show them this picture. They will tell you. That’s what I did. I was looking at some review sites and I can’t speak Thai, they can’t speak English. I just showed them the screenshots of the place that I wanted to go.
The beef ball noodles are to die for. Superb.
The landmark that you can find is there would be a Mosque called Masjid Darul Aman. You won’t miss it. It’s exactly at the turning point of the street. Before finding this street, along the main road, there are already a number of Muslim food stalls, and most stalls are closed. I thought that’s it. So my wife and I just decided to walk on a little bit further and finally found this road and alley.
Last photo of the whole trip. A very bad shot of a bus. Even though I was using my Sigma 28mm, I couldn’t capture the whole bus in the frame. The bus was moving off anyway and I was not fast enough to move back a couple of steps.
Overall experience: Great
Would I want to go again: Yes
Why? I think the next time round, I want to do some shopping. People keep telling me that it’s unbelievable that I didn’t spend any single cent on buying stuff or shopping. Ooh wait, I did buy something. A pair of sweat pants. Including airfare and accomodation, this might be the most expensive pair of sweat pants I ever have.
I told them most of the money was spent on food and taking the BTS to places.
Because why not?