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by Dr. Günther Eichhorn


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In October/November 2012 I visited Nepal and Bhutan. On the way to Nepal I stopped in Bangkok for a couple of nights.

I arrived in the evening and stayed in Sukhumvit. That evening I just relaxed in a street restaurant near the hotel. There were a lot of night workers on the streets in that area.

In the morning I took the Sky Train to the river to go on a river cruise. This worked out very well, I have a very enjoyable trip up and down the river. You can get a day pass for the boat that allows you to get on and off as often as you like. This was the best way so see a lot of the city.

The first stop on the cruise was at Wat Arun. This is a spectacular temple complex, a must-see. I then stayed on the boat all the way to Nonthaburi. I walked around Nonthaburi for a while, looking at the local market.

On the way back I stopped ad the Grand Palace. I did not go into the palace, it was expensive and very crowded. Instead I took a tuktuk to Wat Suthat, a small but nice temple. Taking a tuktuk is inexpensive, but you have to be aware that they work for the various stores. So any trip in a tuktuk involves visits to three stores. Some of the jewelry that I saw in one of the stores actually looked nice, but was too expensive. I am sure you can find better prices if you know your way around.

From there I walked to Wat Pho. This is the most impressive complex that I saw in Bangkok. It is definitely worth a long visit. The roof decorations are mirrored glass pieces. It was fairly overcast, so it was not very bright. But the sun was shining through holes in the clouds and reflecting off the glass pieces. This made for eye-catching light flashes from different parts of the temple roofs when I moved around.

One of the main attraction in Wat Pho is the statue of the Reclining Buddha. It is 15 m (49 ft) high and 43 m (141 ft) long. The 3 m (10 ft) high and 4.5 m (14.8 ft) long foot of Buddha displays are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. They are divided into 108 arranged panels, displaying the auspicious symbols by which Buddha can be identified like flowers, dancers, white elephants, tigers and altar accessories. 108 is an auspicious number in Buddhism. I came across this number also in Bhutan on this trip.

From Wat Pho I returned to the river and took the boat back to my starting point. It was a great way to see quite a bit of the city.

Food in the hotel was quite expensive, so I ate at one of the street-side food vendors. They have good food that is very inexpensive. It is the best way to get original Thai food.

After the second night I continued on to Kathmandu in Nepal. One disappointment in the hotel was the drinking water. The bell boy that brought me to my room said that the water was free. But when I checked out, they charged me for all but one of the bottles of water, each bottle cost $4.00!

On the return I spent one night in Bangkok, but didn't get to see anything. I arrived late afternoon and left VERY early in the morning.

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn

In the city

view central bangkokView of central Bangkok. (439k) tuktuksOne of the Tuktuks. (621k) street scene lotsStreet scene. There are lots of motor scooters in Bangkok. (580k) big canons frontBig canons in front of a government building. (729k) city pillar shrineThe City Pillar Shrine. (463k)
monument street intersectionMonument on a street intersection next to the Grand Palace. (474k) flower marketFlower market. (733k) flower marketFlower market. (721k) produce marketProduce market. (849k) fish marketFish market. (647k)
seafood crabs aliveSeafood. The crabs were alive and squirming around, trying to get out of the bucket. (866k) spicesSpices. (889k) eggs saleEggs for sale. (702k) had decorated eggsShe had decorated one of the eggs with a smiley face. (552k) flattening bottle capsHe was flattening bottle caps, to use for making something. (688k)
taking nap marketTaking a nap in the market. (478k) street scene nightStreet scene at night. (550k) night worker lotsNight worker. There were lots of them in Sukhumvit where I stayed overnight. (395k)


On the river

speedboats river prettyOne of the speedboats on the river. They go pretty fast. (458k) type excursion boatAnother type of excursion boat. (533k) close-up speed boatsClose-up of one of the speed boats carrying tourists. (464k) motor speed boatThe motor of a speed boat. It drives the propeller on a long shaft (2 m (7 ft) long). (474k) people feed fishPeople feed the fish in the river in many places. There is quite a commotion in the water. (683k)
path dock ferryPath to the dock of the ferry boats. They hung empty bottles from the beam to prevent people from knocking their heads off (it is only about 1.5 m (4.9 ft) high. It works! (586k) pagoda river bankPagoda on the river bank. (440k) temple river bankTemple on the river bank. This one really stood out with the bright orange roof. (460k) temple complex riverTemple complex on the river bank. (446k) lavishly decorated buildingLavishly decorated building on the river bank. (594k)
simple stupa riverSimple stupa on the river bank. (562k) all buildings goodNot all buildings were in good shape. This was more like a slum area. (635k) view king ramaView of the King Rama VIII bridge. It is a pretty impressive looking bridge. (390k) closer view kingCloser view of the King Rama VIII bridge. (442k) closer view kingCloser view of the King Rama VIII bridge. (425k)
royal convoy queenRoyal convoy with the queen going somewhere by boat. (401k)


Wat Arun

wat arun impressiveWat Arun. This is an impressive temple complex on the west bank of the river. (464k) view wat arunView of Wat Arun from the main tower. (547k) towers wat arunOne of the towers of Wat Arun. (469k) closer view towersCloser view of one of the towers of Wat Arun. (590k) detail towers watDetail of one of the towers of Wat Arun. (545k)
detail towers watDetail of one of the towers of Wat Arun. (825k) stairs going mainThe stairs going up to the main tower are incredibly steep. This was very similar to the temples in Angkor Wat. (625k) looking steep stairsLooking down the steep stairs in Wat Arun. (808k) temple buildings watOne of the temple buildings in the Wat Arun complex. (570k) guardian front buildingGuardian in front of the building in the Wat Arun complex. (640k)
guardian front buildingGuardian in front of the building in the Wat Arun complex. (614k) stone carved statueStone carved statue in the Wat Arun complex. (652k) painting wat arunPainting in a Wat Arun temple. (492k) roof wat arunRoof of a Wat Arun temple. (558k) interior wat arunInterior of a Wat Arun temple. There were long rows of stone statues in this temple. (437k)
stone statueStone statue. (487k) stone statueStone statue. (490k) stone statueStone statue. (525k) bronze elephant statuesBronze elephant statues. (521k) bronze elephant statueBronze elephant statue. (494k)
stone carved dancerStone carved dancer. (584k) guardian statueGuardian statue. (624k) gilded buddha statueGilded Buddha statue. (698k) gilded sitting buddhaGilded sitting Buddha. (637k) row buddha statuesRow of Buddha statues in Wat Arun. (549k)
buddha statues watBuddha statues in Wat Arun. (579k) worshiper wat arunWorshiper in Wat Arun. (512k)


Wat Pho

temples wat phoTemples in Wat Pho. (575k) temples stupas watTemples and Stupas in Wat Pho. The gilded decorations are mosaic stones that are highly reflective. There were always some that reflected directly back to me, which created strong flashes. I think this was especially noticeable, because it was mainly overcast, with the sun shining through holes in the cloud cover. (515k) temple roof decorationTemple roof decoration in Wat Pho with light effects. (510k) close-up temple roofClose-up of temple roof decoration in Wat Pho. (488k) light flashes templeOne of the light flashes from a temple roof in Wat Pho. (510k)
close-up temple roofClose-up of temple roof decoration in Wat Pho. You can see the many mirrors that create the light effects when reflecting the sun. (628k) temples stupas watTemples and Stupas in Wat Pho. (526k) stupas wat phoStupas in Wat Pho with Bonsai tree. (656k) close-up stupas watClose-up of stupas in Wat Pho with Bonsai tree. (907k) detail decorations stupasDetail of the decorations on one of the stupas. (603k)
row buddha statuesRow of Buddha statues in Wat Pho. Some of them were apparently quite old. (501k) buddha statue watBuddha statue in Wat Pho. (533k) temple wat phoTemple in Wat Pho. (518k) buddha statues templeBuddha statues in this temple. (614k) small shrine watSmall shrine in Wat Pho. (641k)
different variety stupaDifferent variety of a stupa. (432k) close-up gilded decorationsClose-up of the gilded decorations on a stupa in Wat Pho. (514k) gate guardians watGate with guardians in Wat Pho. (513k) close-up guardians gateClose-up of one of the guardians at a gate in Wat Pho. (592k) stone statue watStone statue in Wat Pho. (525k)
stone statue watStone statue in Wat Pho. (642k) stone statue bonsaiStone statue and bonsai tree in Wat Pho. (520k) stone garden watStone garden in Wat Pho. (644k) stone garden fountainStone garden and fountain in Wat Pho. (653k) reclining buddha watReclining Buddha in Wat Pho. It is 46 m (151 ft) long. (433k)
head reclining buddhaHead of the reclining Buddha in Wat Pho. (480k) feet reclining buddhaFeet of the reclining Buddha in Wat Pho. They are intricately inlaid with mother-of-pearl. (597k) toes mother-of-pearl inlaysToes with mother-of-pearl inlays. (648k) sole foot mother-of-pearlThe sole of the foot with mother-of-pearl inlays. (780k) detail mother-of-pearl inlaysDetail of mother-of-pearl inlays. (667k)
detail mother-of-pearl inlaysDetail of mother-of-pearl inlays. (667k) buddhist monks alsoBuddhist monks also do the tourist thing in Wat Pho. (621k)


Wat Suthat

view temple watView of the temple Wat Suthat. (419k) inside temple watInside the temple Wat Suthat. (505k) inside temple watInside the temple Wat Suthat. (426k) large buddha statueLarge Buddha statue in the temple Wat Suthat. (546k) gilded buddha statueGilded Buddha statue in the temple Wat Suthat. (565k)


Grand Palace

outside grand palaceOutside the Grand Palace. (559k) view wat phraView of Wat Phra Kaeo, the temple in the Grand Palace. (503k) view wat phraView of Wat Phra Kaeo, the temple in the Grand Palace. (441k)


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