Thailand Videos

During the Thailand holidays we took a few short videos on the camera. Here are those videos.
Elephants in Chiang Mai

Maeklong Station

Paew Floating Market Dumnoen Sakuak

Bangkok Safari World – feeding birds

Giraffes at Bangkok Safari World

Bangkok Royal Palace

Tiger Kingdom at Chiang Mai

Bye bye Thailand

The holiday is over and time to fly back to Sydney. It was a good holiday, enjoyed the first trip to Thailand. I don’t know if a return trip to Bangkok will happen but would be nice to see other places in Thailand.
I won’t miss the traffic in Bangkok.

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One of the things Bangkok has lots of it tailor stores. I don’t know the quality of them but I have my doubts. Before we left for Thailand we read about Nickermann’s tailors on the trip advisor website.  It had very good reviews. When we arrived in Bangkok we checked where they were located and by pure luck they were on the street opposite our hotel.

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Julia purchased a full suit with pants and a skirt. I have enough suit jackets so I purchased some pants for work. For tailor made pants it cost me about $79 Australian per pair. Considering it can cost me around $100 for an off the shelf pair in Australia that doesn’t fit perfect I’m happy with my purchase.

Grand Palace in Bangkok

There is no sky train line near the Grand Palace but there is a ferry line in the nearby river.  So we caught the sky train to the Saphan Taksin station. The ferry terminal is directly underneath the train station so an easy walk.  We dodged the expensive tour operators and went to the Chao Phraya Express Boat stop. The express boat, with an orange flag on top was less stops to the palace. Even so it was about 7 stops. The ferry was a grand price of 15 baht ($0.50) per person. Or the overpriced tour boats for 600 baht.
The ferry boat we took

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The expensive boats

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With huge motors

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Then we arrived at the palace. Lots of walking around in very very humid very very hot temperature.

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Strange shapes in plants

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Some strange flavours of ice cream on sale. We didn’t try any.

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Shopping in Siam

No tours today. So I started the day with a swim in the hotel pool before we had breakfast.

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There is a sky train station, Nana Station, only a few minutes walk from our hotel.

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The trains run about every 10 minutes (at least during the day when we travelled) and are easy to use. Signs and directions are in English. At the station, and on the back of tickets is a network map. You buy a ticket based on the distance you travel. You don’t have to nominate a station.

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We caught the sky train to Siam station and from there walked to the shopping centres. We walked through the two biggest stores in Siam and were not impressed. The centres are very modern, even trendy. But expensive with the prices that same as we’d pay back in Sydney. Actually the prices were what you could pay in the expensive store in Sydney but I never would, so I wasn’t going to pay those prices here. Like $100Aus for tiny ladies singlet top. The centres were almost void of customers too so either we were too early or others didn’t like that type of shopping.
We left the shopping centres and walked through some of the little off street stall/shops in Siam.

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Prices were much better here. I bought a T-shirt for $10 and Julia got a skirt for $16.
We walked to the nearby MBK centre where we had been before and did lots of shopping here. Eventually my feet got too sore to continue so Julia left me at a Starbucks while she continued to shop.

Bangkok Safari World

We had booked a tour to the Safari World before we left Australia and once we’d heard about it in Bangkok from tour guides we were a bit apprehensive about going. The locals had told us about the Orang-Utan boxing show. We didn’t want to see a show where animals were harmed but we were told the animals are really well looked after so we decided to go see.
On arrival the first thing we did was drive around the safari park. The have animals roaming freely (as freely as they can in the large park area) which you drive around a circuit to watch.
These birds decided to hold up traffic

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There were lions, tigers, bears, giraffes,rhinos, and a lot of birds and smaller animals. Noticeably missing was any elephants.

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Cooling off in the tub

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Cooling off in the pool

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We the got out of our guide van and walked into the park. First stop was the Orang-Utan show. It was loud, it was tacky. The crowd enjoyed it. The animals weren’t hurt,the boxing was just play acting. But they were made to dress up and performing which we didn’t really enjoy.

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Next was a seal show. It was kind of similar. Animals doing tricks. Very loud, fairly tacky.

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They day was going to continue like this, show after show for the rest of the day. We told the guide we weren’t going to do any more shows and arranged to meet them after the last show of the day.  We found walking around by ourselves and exploring much more enjoyable.
We found a feeding platform where for 50 baht (less than $2Aus) you got a small bucket of food to hand feed the giraffes and we were the only two people there as everyone else was off watching the shows.

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There were so so many giraffes.

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Then there were the cute animals. The  common marmoset was a miniature monkey that let me scratch his belly through the cage. I didn’t get a photo. The lemurs were also fun.

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Then there was this cute guy. He wasn’t in a cage. We saw him climb down from the trees and then eat the bird seeds.

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The zoo had heaps of macaws. That had a cage you could go into where they were housed (but you were sill separate) and I estimate there were 200 birds. There also had some near the entrance to the park which were not in cages.

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They have a breeding program for the macaws at the park. We went and saw where the eggs and baby birds are kept in incubators. We also saw the careers feed the baby birds which has to happen every 3 hours. Basically the use a syringe blank to inject the food mixture into the baby birds mouth.

One big fish.

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Something to be proud of

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I’m so brave

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They have a carp pond at the park where you can feed them. There were so many carp that the ones on the top were being pushed up out of the water.

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The negative side of the park for us was seeing a pair of baby tiger cubs in a small cage on wheels, being taken around the park for tourists to pay to have their photo taken with them. The cubs look dirty tired and hot. Definitely not the same clean well feed and content looking animals we saw at the Tiger Kingdom in Chiang Mai. They also had 3 baby elephants chained up, again so tourists could pay to have photos. The elephants were rocking from side to side, a sign of stress.
After the park it was the long drive home in Bangkok traffic. We didn’t go all the way to the hotel but instead caught the sky train the last part of our trip back to the hotel.