Longboat in Bangkok

Longboat in Bangkok

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.

Tosakanth Statue

Tosakanth Statue

This huge statue was photographed in Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok. Translated in to English, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Although this statue must have been at least 20 feet tall, it was only a small part of this temple. It is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. There is a lot of history about the temple and the Grand Palace next door but sadly, I couldn’t find any information about Tosakanth.

Flip flop pattern

Flip flop pattern

Walking along the busy Khaosan Road in Bangkok you will see dozens of shops selling handcrafts, clothes, pirated DVDs, books and useful backpacker items. This photograph was taken along this road of a huge display of sandals. The bright colours caught my eye and it looked to be an interesting pattern.

Some form of sandals (or thongs if your in Australia, jandals here in New Zealand) are must haves for any traveller. When I left the UK back in July 2012, I took a lovely pair of Birkenstock sandals. Sadly, one of them came off as I was getting on a boat on the island of Ko Phi Phi Don. It wasn’t until recently that I replaced them.

Buddhist Monks with Tourist

Buddhist Monks with Tourist

Walking down the steps from the top of Wat Saket I came across this exchange. The three men in orange are Buddhist Monks and the man talking to them was obviously a tourist. It was a quick snap shot that tells a story. Once captured I stopped for a second to watch the exchange.

At first it appear that the tourist wanted a photograph with a monk. It turned out that the tourist was the photographer. It was the monks who wanted their photographs taken. Notice how the tourists camera is over his shoulder and the Monks are passing their cameras to him to have their photograph taken together. Wat Saket on the Golden Mount is one of Bangkok’s most famous Buddhist temples and obviously very important to these men.