chao parya river boat - from saphan taskin
I think you better explore this thru a river boat .
take the bts to saphan taskin
take the exit from saphan taskin
and then take the torusit boat from there - which is a hop on hop off boat running thru out the day.
you can get off at all these locations you have mentioned, as it serves various piers and i am very much sure that the ones you have mentioned are included in its stops.
definately china town and temples.
better take the bts to saphan taskin and from saphan taskin take the boat . BTS
Bangkok is such an amazing...
Bangkok is such an amazing city, with so much going on and to see, it's hard to say where to start. However, The Grand Palace does deserve a visit. Home of one of Thailand's most sacred Buddah images, The Emerald Buddah and several other historic buildings, the Royal Palace was built in 1782. The Thai people have a deep respect for the royal family and visitors are expected to respect them as well. When taking a tour of the palace grounds, you need to ensure that you are properly dressed (long pants, button down shirts for men and generally conservative attire for women). If you are not properly dressed, expect to be turned away (or sometimes given 'loaner' clothes). The Emerald Buddha is so revered, photography of the image is not allowed and only the King can touch it. I ahve included a photo of the Emerald Buddah's Temple. I really do miss everything about Bangkok. The food, tuk-tuks, shopping, tailors....I could keep going!
One of my fondest memories of the trip to Thailand is our snorkeling trip to the island of Koh Tao (Turtle Island). It is recommended because of the visibility in the water. We had to pay 1300 bath per person and we were picked up at the hotel at 8 am. We were taken to the pier and we got into a speedboat. There were about 18 persons on board this boat and a crew of two. The trip to Koh Tao took about 1,5 hours and it was a pretty bumpy ride, especially coming back from the island. Two Australian girls we talked to said that they had gone on a trip two days before and they had to cancel it after 20 minutes because the waves were too big. The driver wanted to keep going but the passengers convinced him to turn around. Anyway, we got to Koh Tao and we anchored up in a bay that was shielded from the big waves outside. It most more or less a beach area so I was a bit disappointed and thought to myself that it would be kinda boring. But I was wrong, very wrong. When we got into the water it turned out that there were fish everywhere and they came in all sizes (from 2 cm to 25 cm) and in all colors. And when we brought bread into the water they went “wild”. The water was very nice and the visibility was maybe about 5 to 6 meter under water. The depth varied from 0 m and up so it was very family friendly. We stayed at this location for about an hour and then we went back to the main beach to have lunch (included in the price) at a local restaurant. After lunch we went to a new location and we snorkeled again. Again there were lots of things to see in the oceans and the water was clear. Beware of corals by the way if you go snorkeling. Not only will you destroy them by stepping on them, they are also very sharp and will leave you with many cuts.
Where are we?
As you walk the streets
in certain areas of Bangkok,
you may get the feeling that
you are somewhere in the Middle East.
Ever since the events of September 11th,
it has been more difficult Middle Easterns
to obtain visas in Western Countries
where they would have normally traveled to,
for medical treatment.
Because of Bangkok being an
international medical hub
the numbers of Middle Eastern patients
have rose from 5,000 in the year 2000
to 71,000 in the year 2005.
The numbers have been increasing by 38%, six years in a row.
And with current contracts being established
between hospitals and governments such as,
Arab Emirates and Oman that,
have been outsourcing some of
their medical services for their governmental staff,
it is expected that the numbers may rise by 200%.
With these kind of numbers,
Thailand has been quick in catering to them
by providing services such as;
a center to assist with visa issues,
creating an entire floor at Bangkok Hospital
decorated in Arabic style
with Halal food and prayer rooms.
There are still cultural challenges needed to be ironed out
such as, Thai nurses and doctors needing to wait
and knock on the door before entering
so that the women have time to put on
their headscarves or veils so that,
they do no see the women’s hair, which is taboo.
With Thais being subtle people,
it also takes them a bit of getting used to,
the vociferous way that Arabs talk,
leaving the impression on the Thais
that they are angry.
Those Thais who speak Arabic,
also have great opportunities to
work as translators with a satisfying pay package.
Thai Green Curry-Very Spicy!
In Thai cuisine green curry is one of the spicier variations of curry. The thickness of the sauce varies with the amount of coconut milk used. The main ingredients are coconut milk, green curry paste, eggplant, sugar, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaves and thai basil leaves.
Its name, "green" curry, is typical of Thai curry dishes, which are frequently identified solely by their color, other common types being yellow curry and red curry.
Typically, green curry paste is made by pounding in a mortar ingredients including: shallots, green chillies, garlic, galangal, fresh turmeric, shrimp paste and salt.
The paste is briefly fried in a wok and coconut milk is added, then the meat and vegetables added along with a pinch of brown sugar. Finally, kaffir lime leaves and thai basil are added just at the end of cooking for fragrance.
Thai green curry can be made with meat, chicken, fish or vegetables and is usually eaten as an accompaniment to rice or round rice noodles known as "khanom jeen".
Also Available in Packs like in the picture, Available at Foodland Supermarkets and other Supermarkets in Bangkok for 9 Baht (0.30 USD) a pack!