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My travels to Thailand 2010 – part 4

Today I was going to the eastward coastline for some scuba diving. This was to be done as a day trip from Bangkok. Around Bangkok is only a few dive sites. Today I was heading by boat to Koh Krak. It is not in the league of the dive sites in Southern Thailand such as the Similan Islands but it is convenient as a day trip from Bangkok.

The bow of the boat.

As is typical in Thailand, the sea was rough.

It was a bumpy ride to the dive site.

I planned on two dives at the island. Each diving down to approximately 12 metres.

I was glad that I was able to stay in the shade on this boat.

Getting ready for the dive.

Getting ready for the dive.

Anchoring at the dive site.

The sea was rough for diving.

After the dives, I had a wee look around the beach for the sunset before heading back to Bangkok via minibus.

My last night in Thailand before flying to Nepal.

It was a beautiful night.

Back in Bangkok I was going to enjoy my last night in town.

It is hard to escape McDonalds regardless what country one travel to.

I really like the street food in Thailand and despite what the guide books say, I never had to run for the toilet afterwards.

A typical street food stall.

Bangkok is famous for it street food.

Having a beer on my last night.

I was due to fly to Kathmandu the next day.

The Thaiair plane for Kathmandu.

I was able to get a upgrade to business class on this flight. I guess the Thaiair Stewardess like cuddly toy travellers.

Leaving Bangkok on route to Kathmandu.

I arrived in Kathmandu ready for my adventure to Mt. Everest.

For more information on my travels to Nepal please visit:

https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/category/travel/nepal/

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My travels to Thailand 2010 – part 3

After the riots, I was going to spend a day visiting the old capital Ayutthaya which is 85 km north of Bangkok.

I caught a tour minibus from Khao San Road and was joined by ten other travellers for the day. They were mostly kiwis and aussies. I was the only cuddly toy on the tour bus and as such became the focus of the group because I was different. One of the aussies almost sat on me on the tour bus, he was massive compared to me.

Our first temple was Wat Phu Khao Thong just outside Ayutthaya.

The first temple on the tour was Wat Phu Khao Thong.

I was to visit this temple again in October 2011 during the floods. This temple was mostly flooded then.

This temple was just outside Ayutthaya.

This temple was our first stop and we spent some twenty minutes here.

This temple got flooded in the floods last year.

The top of the temple.

After another ten minutes on the bus, we made it to Ayutthaya Historical Park.

This reclining buddha was very clean and had newly golden cloth on it.

The park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991.

A young Thai girl prints gold stickers onto the buddha.

Ayutthaya was founded by King Ramathibodi I in 1350 and was the capital of the country until its destruction by the Burmese army in 1767.

The city has ten of thousands of Buddha statues.

Student monks on their way to school.

Buddhas were everywhere on show.

Hundreds of buddhas just in this one temple.

With so many temples it is easy to see why this is a World Heritage Site.

I was enjoying the day tour trip.

About midday the tour bus took us to a restaurant for dinner.

I was hungry after the day sightseeing.

The other travellers helped me out of the minibus and the big muscles aussie man cut up my dinner for me.

The 20 metre reclining buddha.

The reclining buddha in Ayutthaya Historic Park.

The feet of the reclining buddha.

After see the reclining buddha, we went to Wat Mahathat.

Here is the famous detached buddha head entangled in roots.

The head of Buddha in Wat Mahathat.

It rises a few centimeters each year due to growth of the roots.

The city of Ayutthaya lays in ruins after the Burmese destruction in 1767.

The old royal palace in Ayutthaya.

I was out of breath climbing these stairs.

I wanted to get to the top of this staircase.

I was praying for strength and guidence.

I prayed for good karma and luck.

These statues had their heads stolen by thieves.

Admiring this statue.

I was praying at this Buddha statue.

Getting myself blessed at a temple shrine.

The next day I was going to do some scuba diving.

To be continued….

For more information on Ayutthaya Historical Park please visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ayutthaya_Historical_Park

Details of my trip to Ayutthaya in 2011 is here: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/my-travels-in-thailand-2011/


My travels to Thailand 2010 – part 2

Having survived my encounter with the Siamese Crocodile, I was eager to see the rest of Bangkok had to offer.

I was staying at the Suk 11 hotel which is one of my favourite hotel/appartments in downtown Bangkok.

The entrance to the Suk 11 hotel.

The gardens to this hotel are stunning and has the old traditional Bangkok feel about it.

A traditional Bangkok pedicycle.

Both the roof top gardens and the outdoor gardens have old traditional pedicycles on show. These are no longer see on Bangkok street as motorised tuks-tuks are used now.

The sun canopy over the hotel gardens.

This hotel has it showers outdoors, on the balconys!

I was not keen on having a shower on the balcony exposing myself to all of Bangkok population.

I must say exposing my naked furry body on the balcony is an experience.

I was keen to explore the floating markets of Bangkok and the surrounding area.

Taking the longtail boat to the floating market.

The most famous of the floating markets is Damnoen Saduak, about 100 kilometers southwest of Bangkok.

I had to take an early morning longtail boat to get there.

This market is the most famous floating market in Thailand.

This buzzing market is at its best in the early morning before the crowds arrive and the heat of the day builds up.

I was looking down onto the market from the bridge.

This seller was cooking and selling BBQ from her wee boat.

All sort of food and vegetables can be sought here.

It was very touristy here.

The floating market is very touristy and somehow the market doesn’t feel genuine anymore. I did not see any Thai buyers in any of the stalls.

I was enjoying my green tea.

I then took the boat back to Bangkok.

Taking in the scenery of the cruise.

Those crocodiles sniffed me out again for lunch.

GULP!

Apparently crocodiles like eating monkeys!

I made it back to Bangkok and I was getting ready for a night out in the famous redlight district of Bangkok. Apparently the monkeys here are sooooo sexy. Not sure what my foster Auntie L. would make of that if she knew what her adopted wee cuddly toy was doing!

Getting ready for a night out on the town.

That night I met a Thai prostitute monkey name “Pom”. For more stories about my time with the monkey name “Pom” please visit: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/10/23/sex-scandal-monkeys-secret-love-child/

The next morning I decided to visit the Bridge on the River Kwai at Kanchanaburi. This day trip was already mentioned in a previous travel blog of mine here: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/great-railway-journeys/

After the tour I wanted to visit the shopping malls in modern Bangkok central but huff you know how politics goes here. Corruption in elections, people protest then riots. Whilst I was in Bangkok central a riot broke out, protestors were killed and the Thai army moved in! A curfew was declared.

The rioters trashed this bank in Silom Square.

This shopping mall got torched.

This shopping mall got torched.

This cinema got torched also.

This road is usually packed with traffic, but was quiet due to the riots.

With a curfew in place, I was confined to my hotel for the night and wasn’t able to go out to the bars.

Did our wee monkey manage to see anything else in Bangkok, found out in “My travels to Thailand 2010 – part 3”.

To be continued….

For more information on the Bangkok political crisis please visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008%E2%80%932010_Thai_political_crisis#Bangkok_unrest


My travels to Thailand 2010 – part 1

For my next blog about my adventures and travels I am going to talk about my visits to Thailand and in particular about my 2010 visit. The trip to Bangkok in 2010 was a week stopover whilst on my way to Kathmandu for my Mount Everest trek. See here for my blog of my Mount Everest trek: https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/my-trip-to-mount-everest-nepal-in-2010-part-1/

I have been to Bangkok some forty times over the last decade or two as I enjoy the company of other monkeys to chat and party with. I get lonely in Scotland as there is no monkeys here in the highlands, just rain.

On my first day in Bangkok, I was going to see the temples starting with Wat Arun first.

Me about to cross the river by river taxi to Wat Arun.

Wat Arun is on the west side of the Chao Phraya River and therefore not many tourists visit this temple as it is away from the east bank where most tourists hang about.

Wat Arun means Temple of the Dawn.

Wat Arun means the Temple of the Dawn named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn.

The temple was quiet and not so touristy.

Whilst I was there, the temple was having restoration work done on it.

Workmen were restoring the temple at the time of my visit.

From top of Wat Arun I was able to see all of Bangkok.

From the top of Wat Arun, I could see all of Bangkok.

I decided to have a wee walk around the temple grounds.

The park around Wat Arun was nice.

This temple is used by studying Buddhist monks.

This monk was in the park grounds.

I then decided to visit Wat Pho, the most popular temple for tourists in Bangkok.

Wat Pho is known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

This temple is famous for it 43 metre long reclining buddha.

Wat Pho is the most famous temple in Bangkok.

This temple is very very touristy.

I was having a look around Wat Pho.

The grounds of the temple has many smaller buddhas on show.

This temple is large with many smaller buddhas on show.

The famous school of Thai traditional massage is within the grounds of the temple. However, this should not be confused with the infamous body massages of Soi Cowboy! *blushs*

This is the most touristy Wat in Bangkok.

This wee cat was following me around the temple.

This temple is popular with tourists.

The temple was restored in 1982.

Many buddhas are in this temple.

After visiting Wat Pho, I decided to visit the Golden Mount temple.

Wat Saket is also known as the Golden Mount.

The temple is on top of a small hill and therefore is a prominent feature of Bangkok.

This temple is on the top of a small hill.

It is one of the oldest temples in Bangkok, dating back to Rama 1 era.

I could see all of Bangkok from this temple.

After seeing the temples, I went to the local park to watch the football.

It was the Elephant Football World Cup. I think Argentina was winning.

They play football with elephants here!

After a day of sightseeing, I took the skytrain back to my rented appartment. But, when I came to my front door, I found that a Siamese Crocodile was blocking my entrance!

This Siamese Crocodile was about two metres long.

I s**t myself!

I thought I was going to be eaten!!!

Did our wee monkey get eaten!!! Find out in “My travels to Thailand 2010 – part 2”.

To be continued….

For more information on Bangkok please visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangkok

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Arun

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Pho

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat_Saket


Competition – Where’s Monkey?

Well tonight was the deadline for all the entries in our “Where’s Monkey?” competition and the judges was busy sifting through all the entries for the competition winner.

Before we announce the winner, we will tell you the answer to the “Where’s Monkey?” photograph.

He is on a train but where is our wee monkey in this photograph?

We can now tell you, where is our wee monkey!

WOOHOO

Our wee monkey was on the death railway in Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

Read about our wee monkey adventures and holiday romance in Kanchanaburi here:

https://britisharmysgtmonkey.wordpress.com/2011/09/13/great-railway-journeys/

Congratulations to all of those with the correct answer.

The winner is….

um….

er….

no one!

As no one bothered to enter the competition.

Perhaps the competition photograph was too hard for you all, so we are repeating the competition with an easier photograph.

All you have to do to win this competition prize is to guess where is Sgt. Monkey in our photograph below:

Monkey is in the desert, but where is he?

The winner of our competition will receive a email “signed” photograph of our wee cuddly toy monkey.

Please leave your answer as an comment and the judges will reveal the answer and the winner on June 30th 2012.

The winner will then be sent the “signed” photograph of our wee monkey. A prize surely worth winning.

So get guessing and all the best of luck.

The webmaster team

N.B. A clue to the place and country of this photograph can be found on one of our wee monkey previous travel blogs.


My travels in Thailand 2011

Hello fans, that is me back from my travels in Thailand. I did some sight seeing, as well as boozing and partying. Thai monkeys are so pretty. I had also did some scuba diving and sea kayaking. I saw many sharks yesterday whilst I was scuba diving and almost wee myself.

On the first day of my hoilday, I went to Thailand old capital Ayutthaya which is 85 km north of Bangkok.

Below is a video clip of my day out:

I am so please that the webmaster team had told me that we had reached over 1000 hits whilst I was away on hoilday and today I see that we had broken 1500 hits!


Great Railway Journeys Thailand

Tonight I am going to talk about my passion for great railway journeys in particular my journey along the “Death Railway” in Thailand last year.

Kanchanaburi War Museum with the modern bridge in the background

During War II, the Japanese used Allied prisoners of war to build a railway from Thailand to Burma so they could supply their army without the dangers of sending supplies by sea.  Many prisoners died under appalling conditions during its construction, and the line became known as the “Death Railway”.  It was immortalised in David Lean’s 1957 film “The Bridge on the River Kwai” which centres around one of the line’s main engineering feats, the bridge across the Kwae Yai river just north of Kanchanburi.  Although the film was shot in Sri Lanka, the Bridge on the River Kwai really exists, and still carries regular passenger trains from Bangkok as far as Nam Tok.

The remains of the original famous bridge on the River Kwai

Kanchanaburi is about a hour drive from Bangkok.

Posing next to the modern bridge

You can see the Bridge on the River Kwai as a day trip from Bangkok using the morning train out and afternoon train back, but it’s better to make it a 2 or 3 day trip as there’s a lot more to see than just the Bridge.  For example, you could take the morning passenger train from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi on day 1, stay a night or two in Kanchanaburi, then take the afternoon train back on day 2 or 3, so you can visit Hellfire Pass (less well known than the Bridge, but not be missed) and travel the Death Railway through fantastic scenery over the dramatic Wampo Viaduct as far as its current terminus at Nam Tok.

The trains run beyond River Kwai bridge station as far as Nam Tok, crossing the bridge itself

When posing out of a train window please becareful or an accident could happen like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWGjMhzqPBg

As well as crossing the famous Bridge on the River Kwai, the train runs along the beautifully scenic River Kwai, passing at slow speed over the impressive Wampo Viaduct (sometimes written Wang Po), also built by prisoners of war.  The viaduct consists of wooden trestles alongside the river, nestling against the cliff side.

The train crossing Wampo viaduct

The train journey is both a moving experience and a pleasant through peaceful shady jungle.

After the trip, I met a lovely monkey lass – I had heard that Thai Monkeys are hot!!! So making my move, I chatted her up…. *blushs* she was hot that night! Oh…. I love holiday romance.

Me admiring her naked body.... she was hot!

For anyone interested in 20th century history, a visit to Kanchanaburi and the infamous “Death Railway” is a must.

For more information about Kanchanaburi and the Death Railway please visit:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanchanaburi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burma_Railway