There are a lot of interesting, weird and “only in Bangkok” things to see when walking done Khaosan Road. The people, the food, the bars and of course the signs. I didn’t stop at the Golf Bar and I was a tad suspicious of their use of the term restaurant, but people seemed to be having a good time (probably the very strong cocktails had something to do with it). Khaosan Road is in central Bangkok and is known as the place to meet fellow backpackers. The road and roads around it are mainly bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and “tourist information”.
Bangkok has many Buddhist temples and although I haven’t spent a long time in the city, I have been to a few of the more famous ones. One of them is Wat Pho, near the Grand Palace. Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha this is the biggest Buddha statue (or any statue for that matter) that I have seen. It is 15 metres high and 43 metres long. I included a couple of tourists in the lower left corner of the photograph to give a proper sense of scale.
Phra Sawetkudakarn Viharn Yod is a temple at Wat Phra Kaew (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) and is the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. Rather than being a single structure, this is one of numerous buildings that make up the Grand Palace. The colourful patterned details on the corners and top of this building meant that I walked around photographing it from many angles, trying to include as few tourists as I could. The above image is my favourite showing the whole temple.
The idea of visiting the floating market in Bangkok was originally scrapped when I found out it wasn’t in the city of Bangkok but in the province of Ratchaburi, about an hour and a half on the bus from the capital. However I found myself in a travel agent and asked for the price for a day / morning trip there. With a free day available and it costing only £9 I thought it would be rude not too.
As regular visitors will know I really enjoy photographing markets and this was the best I have been to so far. The above photograph was taken from a speed boat on the canals near the market. I am sure to be sharing more market photographs as soon as possible but in the meantime I felt this is one of my favourite portraits from the market and wanted to share it as soon as possible.