Visiting the Damnoen Saduak Floating market was one of the best things I did on my short visit to Bangkok. Although it was over an hours drive from the city centre it was well worth it. Being such a popular tourist attraction made photograph of the market as a whole very challenging. This is where a zoom lens was priceless. It allowed me to zoom in on some of the market holders as they floated around looking for customers. If you can’t quite read this ladies sign, she is selling Mango with Sticky Rice.
Between the famous Grand Palace and my not so grand hotel on Khaosan Road I came across this four headed elephant statue. It stands on the Phan Pl Pop Junction, in the city centre of Bangkok. The elephant is an important animal in South East Asia, as well is in the Hindu and Buddhist religions. This ornate statue didn’t have any sign or information around it but is obviously carved from marble and is used by locals and tourists as a landmark on the junction.
Thotsakhirithon is the giant demon outside the Na Wua Gate of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. This building has been the official residence of the King of Siam / Thailand since 1782. Situated in the heart of Bangkok, it is quite a shock walking into the peaceful and immaculately clean palace grounds. This was taken from next to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.
Sitting in a fantastic restaurant on Rambuttri Road in Bangkok I noticed dozens of these colourful, round lights. Whilst waiting for my BBQ’d Snapper fish and baked potato (which was delicious) I took a quick photograph. It wasn’t until recently, looking through my old photographs that I noticed these are Puffer fish. Called Pakpao in Thailand they are extremely toxic. In fact they’re generally believed to be the second-most poisonous vertebrates in the world.
Having photographed many different forms of transport around the world, boats have to be one of the favourite. This style of long tail boat, photographed on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, seem quite unique to Thailand. Mainly used by tourists, who use them as taxi’s to take them up and down the river. They are particularly photogenic with the brightly painted hulls. The flowers one the front of the boat are for good luck, so I’m told.