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    Another walk through old Bangkok.

    With the gf attending a Buddhist ceremony up in Wichien Buri I had some time to take my new camera for a test drive around Chinatown. After driving into the city,I left the car at Banglampoo and took a 60 baht taxi ride to the start point at Wat Traimit, near Hualampong railway station.

    Its been a long time since I've seen the golden Buddha at Wat Traimit and when I got there I had my first surprise. The Buddha has been moved from his old resting place to a brand new building to the left of the old temple. And what a building it is :







    I didn't pay the 40 baht entrance fee though as I had a long walk ahead and wanted to get on my way. Leaving the temple I walked back to Charoen Krung road which considering it was Saturday was pretty quiet as this shot back to Rama 4 shows



    On this road you can see a sort of hotel that has been built above the shops on the left. Last time I was here this strange place was completely derelict but someone has cleaned it up and it is being used as a hotel again.





    Turning back on myself I took the narrow soi that connects to Maitri Chit Road, passing this old place that has never seen a lick of paint



    The next building will always have a soft spot in my memories as many years ago I spent many pleasant hours in this old massage parlour in a lovely building full of character.







    Not so long back in a thread on cheap Bangkok hotels, Mid mentioned that he had stayed in another well known old hippy haven, the Thai Song Greet guest house. That fact alone tells me that Mid is no spring chicken anymore because the Thai Song Greet closed its doors a long time ago but the place is still there in the little soi next to the massage parlour if he's ever feeling nostalgic

    Actualy, Mids memory is better than mine and so I can now tell you the long gone hotel down this alleyway was ' The Pepsi ' .............. not the TSG. It's horrible getting old.




    The next picture is of a Chinese short time hotel just 100 yards further up the road. This used to be a red light area before the locals complained and got it cleaned up but the ST hotel has survived although the rooms are pretty grim. Barely surfice for the purpose they serve.




    Time for some serious walking so heading towards Yawarat then going straight on down Song Sawat road you pass this hotel where I once stayed a night, probably while mid was in the Thai song Greet.



    Bags of character and not much else ! I might as well mention one of my pet hates now as it seems relevant and then I won't have to mention it again. That is, the ugliness of miles of electrical cables hung all over the place with total disregard to environmental impact. It would be nice if one day they could tidy it all up somehow.......what a thankless job !

    Time for a break.
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    Thanks for an interesting walk

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    Nice one Bangyai, thanks for the invitation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    Not so long back in a thread on cheap Bangkok hotels, Mid mentioned that he had stayed in another well known old hippy haven, the Thai Song Greet guest house. That fact alone tells me that Mid is no spring chicken anymore because the Thai Song Greet closed its doors a long time ago but the place is still there in the little soi next to the massage parlour if he's ever feeling nostalgic
    thanxs for that

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    O.K. so now you are coming up to the entrance to Soi Wanit, where you will pass plenty of Indian run gem stores.



    This is now a tourist walking street so they have dressed it up with some fancy paving.



    And thats about as far as it goes re maintenance.




    Next, I thought I would try out the 10x zoom for a bit of candid photography of this bloke taking a breather from whatever he was doing.



    Not too bad.....considering how far away I was.

    As you continue up the street , it narrows and you start seeing the gem stores.




    A bit like sweet shops after a while






    And then the road really starts to narrow as you enter Gampeng Market.



    On one of the alleyways off the street I noticed these very nice doors which caught my eye.



    The market was very busy so I pushed through it until I came to a quieter section nearer Yawarat Road


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    Getting a bit tired I decided to head for the Pathe Restaurant but not before paying another visit to the Chalerm Groong Theatre



    A lovely restoration of this art deco building







    Around here, even the police box gets the chinese look



    Nearly at my the Pathe now but time for a nice shortcut


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    Past a few gun shops too which I forgot to mention



    This shop owned by two Europeans...a Mr Smith and a Mr Wesson



    Must take a break but will post some pics of my favourite temple next.

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    Meanwhile thanks for very interesting pix!
    Haven't been there in ages since living here in the South!

    Green sent!

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    Before looking at the temple I fogot to post this picture of a shop facade at the end of Yaowarat. Interesting idea.




    And so back to the walk which now comes to .....

    WAT RAJAPOPITSATHITMAHASIMARAM which rolls of the tongue nicely and is a Royal Temple of the highest rank......don't you know ! ( It said so on an information board )

    And very pretty it is too...






















    And those are just the out buildings. The temple itself is of the finest craftsmanship












    If you looked at the first Bangkok walk, there was this picture :




    Well, the entrance to this building is in the temple and has been grafted onto the colonial period facade.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    This shop owned by two Europeans...a Mr Smith and a Mr Wesson
    Americans, actually.

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    nice pics keep them comming

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    So....leaving the temple you come out the other side onto Atsadang Road. A short walk up here brings you to a Tin Pan Alley stretch of shops selling musical instruments at pretty good prices compared to elsewhere. I mean to buy an amp here soon when I can get around to it.






    Having spent about two and a half Hours waliking across town I was feeling a bit tired and thought this bloke had the right idea.




    But I managed to keep going and arrived at Rajadamnern Road where I picked up a lottery ticket for the girlfriend. Biggest choice of numbers in town.







    And that was it. But on the footpath there is this small memorial notice to those who died trying to get a democratic government for Thailand.




    Unfortunately for their memory , things are slowly but surely sliding the wrong way again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent_Smith View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai
    This shop owned by two Europeans...a Mr Smith and a Mr Wesson
    Americans, actually.

    Yep, I knew dat !!! Bit of a slip. The first word that came into mind was 'Falangs ' from which I jumped to Europeans.

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    I forgot to mention that the camera used was a Sony H20 with 10x zoom which I got in a sale for 175 pounds back in the U.K. Marmite mentioned that there might be a problem with a Sony in as much as they like to tie you into buying their brand of accessories. Fortunately, with the exception of the 2 G memory stick which was a bit more expensive than others ( in the U.K. ) its been o.k.
    I didn't like the software that came with the camera though so I'm still using the old Pentax optio E50 programme.
    I'm no expert but the pics seem slightly better than the much cheaper Pentax. The real reason I bought the camera though was for the HD video that works with the zoom. This realy is a lot better but havn't had a chance to use it much yet.
    I think the Panasonic equivelent would have been better but at the time of asking it was significantly more expensive ( for me )and I had to draw the line somewhere and so the Sony clinched it.

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    Nice clear photos bigfella. Much like the ones my Nikon used to take before I lent it to Wayne Kerr. My grandfather used to say there are 3 things you don't lend...your money, your car and your wife. I have added your fn camera!!

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    Thumbs up

    There are some nice pics on some historical archetecture on bangkok along with the older grittier ghetto side of town.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangyai View Post
    I forgot to mention that the camera used was a Sony H20 with 10x zoom which I got in a sale for 175 pounds back in the U.K. Marmite mentioned that there might be a problem with a Sony in as much as they like to tie you into buying their brand of accessories. Fortunately, with the exception of the 2 G memory stick which was a bit more expensive than others ( in the U.K. ) its been o.k.
    I didn't like the software that came with the camera though so I'm still using the old Pentax optio E50 programme.
    I'm no expert but the pics seem slightly better than the much cheaper Pentax. The real reason I bought the camera though was for the HD video that works with the zoom. This realy is a lot better but havn't had a chance to use it much yet.
    I think the Panasonic equivelent would have been better but at the time of asking it was significantly more expensive ( for me )and I had to draw the line somewhere and so the Sony clinched it.
    Very nice post Bangyai , and excellent pics - am surprised at the Sony quality , personally I am a Canon fan but nothing wrong with these shots - nice job and thanks for the tour.

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    Very nice, thanks. I enjoy these everyday threads.

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    A really nice tour, thanks for taking the time to share.

    I do have one question.

    What is this bloke up to? Getting dressed or just finished taking a dump?


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    Fantastic thread, green sent. Read with interest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MeMock View Post
    A really nice tour, thanks for taking the time to share.

    I do have one question.

    What is this bloke up to? Getting dressed or just finished taking a dump?


    Just practicing his moonwalk when his trousers fell down. Could happen to anyone.

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    Excellent Bangyai, well done. A nice read with great photos. Thanks very much.

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    Great report

    I always like walking around the old areas of Chinatown ,

    The problem is that many times I cannot find my way back to some of the interesting back streets, and I always seem to forget and take pictures,

    BK

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    Many thanks, very enjoyable browse.

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    Wonderful thread....thanks I enjoyed it very much

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