Winter 17/18 – A Day in Bangkok

A few pictures from a typical tourist day in Bangkok

Today is my day off. Have to meet Melanie later so I walked a bit to see how the neighborhood changed. I like to do that every year but mostly I do not like what I see. Places that I went for food or a beer with friends are gone. Houses that made the street look good replaced and lots of family houses converted into dormitories. What is the fucking deal with those dormitories anyhow? There are so many of them that charge even more then I pay for a room with a shower and a toilet. Sometimes even the 5 months from the beginning of the trip to the end bring so much change. But I am happy when I see familiar places and they are still the same. But mostly the old, nice and familiar places go quick and the new moves in and changes everything.

Flowers in a tree
View from my room – Good Morning Bangkok
Demolished Building
There was a nice looking restaurant and another biz next door. A year later it still looked like this.
Demolished Buildings
Now it looks like that for over two years. Why not collect rent and kill the buildings when you are ready to build something new. And this place is next to my favourite bar 🙁
Wood House
This was empty for so long. Now it is a hostel with café or bar. But many times I passed it was closed. Strange
Small restaurant
The place for a quick bite – Breakfast/Lunch combination
Thai Food
Soja Sprouts with Tofu and rice – 35 Bath
Thai Food with Rice
Some green with Rice – 35 Bath

After my Breakfast and Lunch combo meal it was time to walk over the bridge and down the Klong to meet Melanie.

House at the Klong
A new dormitory place
Bangkok Street
Sleepy in the morning – but at last 10 hostels till the temple – for now
Small street in Bangkok
Further down the alley
Soi Samsen
Soi Samsen 4
Democracy Monument
Democracy Monument
Deves Insurance Public Company Limited
Deves Insurance Public Company Limited
King Prajadhipok Museum
King Prajadhipok Museum
The temple of the Golden Mount
The temple of the Golden Mount or Wat Saket
Thai Dessert
Thai Dessert – hmmm – thanks – I pass
Giant Swing or เสาชิงช้า
The Giant Swing or เสาชิงช้า was built in 1784. It was used in Brahmin swing ceremonies.
Melanie and Me
Melanie and Me
Old Shops
Old shops – lets see how long these buildings will stand
Old Department Store
Old Department Store
Wood Bridge
I feel Dutchland

The smallest Indian Temple in Bangkok

Small temple
Small temple it is. It is in the house in the back
Indian Section
I found it one time by accident and now if I want to find it I never find it
Indian Temple
It is in the middle of a maze of super small roads and tiny wood houses. Today I found it again.
Chinese Temple
This must be the Chinese part of it
Indian Temple
Another Indian part of it

Down at the River

At the Ferry Terminal
Looking up the river
Clouds over Rama VIII Bridge
Clouds over Rama VIII Bridge
Fish in the River
Fish in the Chao Phraya River
Fish and Bread
Bread is what they love
Happy Girl
And feeding fish is what she loves

With all that walking it got quite late and we got quite hungry as well. her boyfriend came over with the driver and we had dinner together at the Green House Restaurant. As usual, it was really good. After dinner they drove home and I walked zig zagging back to where my hotel is. Another day has gone. Tomorrow I have to get all the last minute things and start to pack the bag for the flight home as well.

Moon over Bangkok
Real Moon vs Street Light

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Winter 17/18 – From Pom Coong over Hanoi to Bangkok

Sorry – no pictures from the last stretch of the trip. The sky was gray again and I took pictures at most parts of the route before. After I reached the road I never went before I only wanted to get back to Ninh Bin and was too lazy. But before you reach Ninh Bin on the QL12B you will have lots of nice landscape and there are still lots of nice spots left in the mountains on the DT523. Guess I have to go back there again if the sky will be blue next time.

Today’s drive:
I drove 182 kilometers in 5 hours, 10 minutes with gas and food stops.

Back in Ninh Binh

Hotel Room
Got the nice big room again! Thanks Brothers!

Only a few days left before the flight to Bangkok. Had to get back to Ninh Binh to see my friends and park the bike for the next 9 months.
I got the best room in the hotel – great!!

Plastic Flowers
And fresh plastic flowers!
Dinner at the hotel
Lunch at the hotel
You can not imagine how heavy this wood funiture is
And dinner again

Hanoi for two nights

Hotel Room in Hanoi
The bathroom in the back

I went to the North Hostel N2 again. They renamed it from North Hotel to North Hostel. Not sure why but whatever. Anyhow I like the place. It is in a small street with not much motorbike traffic and no car traffic. So it is pretty quiet. I have a picture of the view from my room at the North Hotel here.
It is from the 2016 trip but still looks the same. Nice old temple and a bit of green.

Hotel Room
Double Bed, TV, AC, Fan, Fridge, Table and a chair.
Fire Escape Mask
Look what I found on the closet. A Fire Escape Mask. I never saw this in any hotel – looks quite good to get down the stairs at last.
Bia Hoi
Bia Hoi o’ clock
St. Joseph's Cathedral Hanoi
St. Joseph’s Cathedral or Nhà Thờ Lớn Hà Nội as the locals say

Back to Bangkok

Hanoi Airport
At the VietJet counter in Hanoi

I like the airline – do not get me wrong. But not the staff at the check in counter. I had this now a few times on the way to Bangkok. They are fully manned and talk to each other about half an hour or longer before they open the counters. If you are there and have nothing else to do why not open the counter? And I never get a nice exit row seat – unless I pay for it. No problem for AirAsia for example. Still a big difference how you treat your customers.

VietJet Plane
My VietJet plane to Bangkok

My Room at the 4J Lodge in Bangkok

J Lodge Room
My room at the J Lodge in Bangkok

It is the same every time when I fly home – it is super hot in Bangkok and I am super happy to have air condition. Coming home and let the room cool down before you sleep and switch it off again. I get a cold if I let these suckers run the whole night but you get the picture.
The 4J Lodge was brand new and they had a super opening special price. I could not say no!
It is right at the canal when you walk from Samsen towards the boat that takes you to Pratunam. There is no car traffic so it is quite. Lots of green in the yard and the woman downstairs at the counter was superfriendly.

J Lodge Room
Double bed, AC, Fan, TV, Bathroom, Desk & Chair
J Lodge Room
I do not use the TV so I do not mind but why here?
J Lodge Bathoom
The bathoom
Outside the Hotel
Outside the hotel
Democracy Monument อนุสาวรีย์ประชาธิปไตย
The Democracy Monument or อนุสาวรีย์ประชาธิปไตย
Vegetarian Food
Went to Arawy close to the monument for some Vegetarian food
Some dessert – it was ok
Federbräu – I am sure you only can get it in Thailand but the label is in German – funny! At last the malt is imported from Germany

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Winter 17/18 – From Phía Tháp to Thái Nguyên

Time to move down South again. Packed the bike and said Adios to the Kim family. I had a super time here in the North and the dinner was excellent – every time! Thank you!!
Today I wanted to see the Mountain with the Hole that is not too far from Kim’s Homestay. When I was close I could not find it and gave up – and I was so close. Stupid me but I also hat many kilometers to go.
I detoured a second time to go to Tân Lập since I was almost out of petrol and there was no gas station the last few hours. It is always a lot of fun – you see that you are getting really low – in this case, the needle was in the red for a few minutes already. I stopped and consulted the map. There is a small hamlet up the hill that looks big enough for a gas station. And sure enough, they had one. So I had a beer and some snaks as well. Anyhow got into Thái Nguyên late and was happy to take a hot shower.

Vietnamese Graveyard
Still some festivities at the graveyard
Fields and Karst Mountains
Fields and Karst mountains
Corn Field and Karst Mountain
Corn fields
Green Karst Mountains
These Karst mountains might stay green since you can not farm there
Farm house in the mountains
What a nice spot for a farm house
Green mountains
Still some green mountains
Fields and Mountains
But you can see how agriculture takes over more and more.
Mountains and Farm Land
More cuts in the mountains
Farm in the Valley
Some farmers houses in the valley
Fresh planted fruit trees
Coming round the next bend and you see this for an hour or so. Makes you really sad
The only good thing about it is that they will be green in the future if you look at this hills
Burnt Land
More forrest gone
Clear cut forrest
And more and more and more…
Mountains and more mountains
Local House
Another old school local house
Small village in a valley
Small village in a valley
Mountains at sunset
The gate to paradiese
Small road
Small road in the valley
Sunset in the mountains
Sunset in the mountains

Today’s drive:
I drove 275 kilometers in 9 hours and 4 minutes with gas and food stops.

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