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Thailand – King Rama 9 Park & Golden Mountain

Posted in Blogroll, Parks, Places, thailand, Tourism on Thursday, April 17, 2008 by Colin Quek

King Rama 9 or King Rama IX Park. Simply beautiful! Although it was a hot sunny day, and I had a deep tan at the end of the walk. Quoted below:

Located in the vicinity of Bangkok, this 200-acre park on Si Nakharin Road commemorates His Majesty King Rama IX’s 60th birthday in 1987.

In the large compound visitors can park and take a long walk in the area which comprises botanical gardens, and a building displaying the works and life of King Rama IX.

A lake with clean water is in the middle of the area, also the landscape is beautifully decorated with many kinds of flowers. Refreshment booths are provided at many spots, and a restaurant by the lake offers good foods and nice breeze when sitting outdoor
Most photo’s with my good friend Yaya.

source: http://users.telenet.be/robert_t/thailand/rama/rama.htm

A few shots I took in the park.


the park is full of beautiful flora


took this as the rafters got very close to me


at the start of the walk, if you were to take the left route
be totally spellbound by this magnificent struture


if you look carefully, there is another dragon-fly behind the current one
the abundance of flora also attracts large amounts of the insects that feed on them

up next… the Golden Mount…I took a 20 minutes boat ride to visit one of the most famous Buddhist structure in South East Asia. King Rama III. However construction had to be abandoned due to the soft ground around the structure.

a sign board pointing the directions for tourists and locals alike

bells such as this dotted the temple grounds

side of the temple wall, look at the deep blue sky!

King Rama IV continued the construction, with him laying the foundation stone of the renovation. It was during that time that he named it the Golden Mount. King Rama V continued construction and completed it.

Bangkok on B/W film

Posted in Life, Places, thailand, Tourism on Saturday, January 5, 2008 by Colin Quek

Decided to try out Ilford’s Black/White film for my 2nd trip to Thailand. Was pretty surprised at film’s ability to handle some of the exposure extremes I encountered. Technology at its best – Capturing the human spirit and life!

Most of my shots are taken under the harsh noon sun. As evident of this shot:
This little girl was walking beside but for a split second I managed to set her alone against the background.

Street stalls are common sight in Bangkok. Where else can one find the nicest, cheapest food, and so conveniently located.


A restaurant I frequent for my lunch, the writing on the wall says “Welcome”


Rice with Egg for 15 Baht, that’s like $0.70 in Singapore


I counted 5 different types of fried insects on sale here


There are also accessories on sale


As always, the Land of Smiles


I finally got up close with one of the motorcycle taxi riders
Morning comes and the street is still full of live. The bustle of clearing up after a night of trading and feasting. And of cause stocking up goods for another night of merchandising.

A Teochew uncle selling soy bean products

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Thailand Celebrating a King’s Birthday

Posted in Life, Places, thailand, Tourism with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, December 5, 2007 by Colin Quek

(sook sun wan gerd) Happy Birthday in Thai. Today Dec 5th is the 80th birthday of the King of Thailand – His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX of the House of Chakri. A recent short trip to the kingdom was a real eye opener to the progress made to the country. I was totally caught of guard when I saw the new highways that stretch across the city of Bangkok. Its called the Sky-Bridge. I have no doubts as to the reason for the name, given its height above the streets.

the major modes of transport in the city

a shot of the subway station at Siam

traditional 3 wheel vehicle or “tut tut”

a very courteous tut tut driver

even Ronald Mcdonald is affectionately doing the Thai “hi” – sawat-dee

Taking a stroll along the walkways in downtown Bangkok is so carefree. Albeit travelling along in a foreign land one has to be more cautious, yet the sight of security guards dotting the city area quickly puts me at ease.

though he has a vest labeled as Security Guard, he’s also in charge of directing traffic

my thai friends and colleagues

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The streets are lined with hawkers selling everything from traditional Thai food to modern fashion apparel e.g. heels, hip-hop caps, etc

bubbletea for 10 baht, that’s only a few Singapore cents!

pardon me, but I’ve never seen a jackfruit this size before

lottery sellers dotted the streets

Taking a breather from the afternoon sun in Central World was even more delightful, I was quickly assailed by the sight of the building. I mean its not only tall, its sprawled full of boutiques, electronic stores, restaurants. A search on the net turns out that this is Thailand’s LARGEST shopping mall…why wasn’t I not surprised.

this is the main road running across Central World

I can think of at least 10 friends who will give an arm for a tv this size!

Of course we can only complete this trip by interacting with the Thais. First impressions lasts they said, this second trip affirms my first impression of Thais that I got few years ago…WARM, MINDFUL, CARING…Always courteous. These are the common traits that run from the person on the street to the well-heeled executive I’ve encountered and befriend. And did I mention arts?

Do the Thais favor huge majestic buildings or is the size of the gargantuan buildings and structures a reflection of the love the king has for the people of Thailand?

To close this post, I would like to add what my airport driver told me, he said with (with much affection in his eyes)

The king really really loves his people, and we all love the king very much

No doubt today we will hear many going “Long live the king”, “Happy birthday to the king”.

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