A Travellerspoint blog

December 2016

Ayutthaya

The Historical Park not far away from Bangkok

sunny 33 °C

Ayutthaya was an old capital city of Thailand (now being Bangkok) and is listed under Unesco World Heritage site with its vast ancient ruins, temples and Buddha sculptures. The trip to Ayutthaya can also include a tour to the Bang Pa In Royal Palace which I have shared before on my last visit to this Summer Palace which was former Thai kings' royal residence revived during the reigned of King Mongkut and therefater by King Chulalongkorn. Ayutthaya city is somewhat distinctive of its own due to huge part of the city which was scattered with the ancient wats and chedis as well as big Buddha sculptures. Stepping into the Ayutthaya Historical Park will bring you back to the ancient times as if you have been brought to the past by time zone machine. Most of the ancient palaces, ruins, chedis, wats and Buddha sculptures were still well preserved though some parts of these structures were lost or crumbled apart due to old age while some could have been due to theft. But, some of the important and huge temples were able to stand the test of time and fortunately, perhaps due to restoration and reconstruction efforts by the responsible authorities with help of external experts, these very precious and invaluable ruins and ancient structures were able to be preserved for the purpose of research, views, education and tourism developments which then bring source of knowledge, income and well being of people in the area and its surroundings.

WAT PHRA SISANPETH
This visit to Ayutthaya Historical Park, I have the opportunity to take a tour to Wat Phra Sisanpheth, Wat Mahathat, Wat Ratchaburana and Wat Yai Chaimongkol. Each of these temples, ruins and ancient palace highlight the distinctive features of its own. Most of these ancient structures incur entrance fee but at time of visit, it was waived perhaps due to Constitution Day holiday to spur local tourism. The first tour was the Wat Phra Sisanpeth. This was a former ancient palace built during the era of King U-Thong and indeed, due to this being a former place structures, the overall boundary of Wat Phra Sisanpeth can be described as huge with old chedis, large walls, ancient structures some of which had been crumbled can be seen scattered around the area. It was an impressive ancient palace and royal temple though the most visibles now remained the chedis or stupas of the ancient temple and some parts of the ancient palace walls. The old temple was used for purpose of royal ceremonies and swearing ins occassions. It also served as royal religious centre and to placed royal ashes.

DSCN2991

DSCN2991

DSCN2993

DSCN2993

DSCN2994

DSCN2994

DSCN2996

DSCN2996

DSCN2997

DSCN2997

DSCN2999

DSCN2999

DSCN3000

DSCN3000

DSCN3004

DSCN3004

DSCN3010

DSCN3010

WAT MAHATHAT
The second visit after Wat Phra Sisanphet was the Wat Mahathat. This ancient ruins was built during the reigned of King Borommarachathiraj in 1917. The highlights of Wat Mahathat was the Prang (a cone shaped tower resembled present day pagoda) as well as the Buddha's Head which has a huge tree with its large roots grown around it. There were also some Buddha sculptures and parts of ancient temple walls as well as ancient chedis scattered around Wat Mahathat. There was discovery of antiques, precious stones and silver and bronze stupas over at Wat Mahathat by the Fine Arts Department.

DSCN3024

DSCN3024

DSCN3026

DSCN3026

DSCN3030

DSCN3030

DSCN3031

DSCN3031

DSCN3032

DSCN3032

DSCN3034

DSCN3034

DSCN3038

DSCN3038

DSCN3042

DSCN3042

DSCN3044

DSCN3044

DSCN3046

DSCN3046

DSCN3047

DSCN3047

DSCN3048

DSCN3048

DSCN3059

DSCN3059

DSCN3057

DSCN3057

DSCN3066

DSCN3066

DSCN3069

DSCN3069

DSCN3083

DSCN3083

DSCN3086

DSCN3086

DSCN3088

DSCN3088

DSCN3091

DSCN3091

DSCN3093

DSCN3093

DSCN3095

DSCN3095

WAT YAI CHAI MONGKHON
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol is located outside of the Ayutthaya Historical Park. A brief history of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon. It was established during the era of King U-Thong for monks returning from Ceylon in Sri Lanka for meditation purpose. The leader of the monks at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon during that time was conferred with a special title as a form of respect to him for his role as the monk leade. During the reign of King Naresuan, the King wanted to execute those armies who defied his orders while fighting the invading Burmese forces towards Ayutthaya. The head of the monk at Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon during that time has advised King Naresuen against executing the traitor armies but instead built a grand chedi as a symbol of victory against the Burmese forces. Therefore Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon was a symbol of victory of King Naresuen in his victory against his country greatest enemy. Upon entrance to Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon is the Reclining Buddha sculpture on the left of the entrance. Walking further inside the premise, visitors will be greeted with the temple's ubosot. The huge ancient chedi of Wat Yai Chai Mongkhon was located just behind the ubosot. There were multiple Buddha sculptures surrounding the chedi and staircases which provide access to the upper level of the chedi. On the upper level, there were also multiple Buddha sculptures seen surrounding the area which has a deep hole in the middle of this chedi. Coins can be seen scattered around the base level of the hole with average depth perhaps for good luck wishes by visitors.

DSCN3104

DSCN3104

DSCN3118

DSCN3118

DSCN3110

DSCN3110

DSCN3112

DSCN3112

DSCN3127

DSCN3127

DSCN3126

DSCN3126

Being in Ayutthaya, one should not missed the best culinary that Ayutthaya is famous for because of the deliciousness of these treats. It is not just about history in Ayutthaya but its also about taking some time to get to know more of the other side of this historical city of Thailand that is its food culture. Some of the best food Ayutthaya offers to food lovers include the boat noodle, roti sai mai which is a kind of aromatic sweets or snacks with floss candy in multi colours wrapped into a thin rounded bread as well as deep fried fish. Due to the city of Ayutthaya is surrounded by the river, fish is yet another treat that must have as here, they serve some of the freshest fish you can imagine of. Boat noodle needs no introduction as I had been reviewing this distinctively addictive soup of the noodle dish several times. Again, because the city is surrounded by the river, obviously boats were main transportation system during the ancient times and the noodles served as a fast food to boat commuters during that era to beat their hunger during early morning rush or to run other necessities. There are many boat noodles shops surrounding the historical park area and I did had some to try out and would say that this is a must-have dish while touring Ayutthaya. Roti sai mai is definitely a good snack to sink your teeth in with its aromatic flavour thin bread-like wrapper made from the mixture with pandanus leaf which then top with candy floss in various color before roll the roti over the candy floss and finally biting and melting it into the mouth. A definite should not missed snack in Ayutthaya.

ROTI SAI MAI
DSCN3013

DSCN3013

DSCN3014

DSCN3014

DSCN3015

DSCN3015

BOAT NOODLE
DSCN3018

DSCN3018

FRIED FISH
DSCN3131

DSCN3131

Posted by kidd27 07:51 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

Kwan Riam Floating Market

sunny 33 °C

SYMBOL OF TALAD NAM KWAN RIAM
DSCN3209

DSCN3209

FLOATING MARKET WITHOUT CANAL IS NOT NAMED A FLOATING MARKET. KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET IS OF NO EXCEPTION. THE CANAL NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO TALAD NAM KWAN RIAM
DSCN3150

DSCN3150

THE ICONIC BRIDGE AT KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET THAT CONNECTS 2 SIDES OF THE MARKET
DSCN3151

DSCN3151

Floating markets is one of the most crucial tourism products to the Thai governnment and has been one of the most unique on the things to do while touring this Kingdom of Amazing Land of Unseen. Few floating markets I had visited within Bangkok and greater Bangkok such as Damnoen Saduak Floating Market , Amphawa Floating Market , Taling Chan Floating Market, Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market and Pattaya Floating Market. Not all these floating markets have the same things you could do , see or buy. There were some that offer different activities altogether. Amphawa Floating Market for one offers firefly tours during night time. Taling Chan Floating Market for another brought another surprises which include a bout tour along the canal to the Baan Silapin or Artist House for Thai Puppet show. For Bang Nam Pheung Floating Market, one can opt to cycle around the village where the floating market is located. So many activities that you can indulged in that you never thought of when visiting such floating markets unplanned without much research in advance prior to visiting and this is what made travelling experience exciting.

FOOD STALL SERVING SOME OF THE MOUTH WATERING TREATS AT TALAD NAM KWAN RIAM AT THE GROUND FLOOR OF ENTRANCE OF TALAD NAM KWAN RIAM
DSCN3134

DSCN3134


DSCN3143

DSCN3143


DSCN3144

DSCN3144


DSCN3146

DSCN3146


DSCN3163

DSCN3163

A THAI COFFEE & TEA VENDOR PERFORMING HIS SKILLS IN PULLING THAI TEA AS HE PREPARES THE ORDER
DSCN3160

DSCN3160


DSCN3158

DSCN3158

NON-FOOD SECTION ON 1ST FLOOR OF THE KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET
DSCN3187

DSCN3187


DSCN3190

DSCN3190


DSCN3191

DSCN3191

Yet another visit to a floating market, the Kwan Riam Floating Market which is located just outside of the Bangkok metropolitan in Min Buri district, this one brought another nice experience which include a tour along the canal of the floating market. What makes this floating market distinctive is that, it is a rather huge market which has few sections and 2 sides separated by the canal and connected through a bridge. Talad Nam Kwan Riam as it is known to locals also has its own market logo which is a standing buffalo in sun-glass, which is distinctive to a floating market. There is a big Thai temple within the Kwan Riam Floating market. Other special thing to note of Kwan Riam Floating Market is sections of petting zoo which have few animals such as the tortoise, kangaroo, donkeys.

THE ICONIC BRIDGE @ KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET ON 1ST FLOOR OF THE ENTRANCE TO THE MARKET CONNECTING TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MARKET SECTION
DSCN3193

DSCN3193

A VIEW OF THE CANAL AT KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET AND A BOAT CRUISING THROUGH IT
DSCN3194

DSCN3194


DSCN3198

DSCN3198

THE OLD JUNKS FOOD SECTION OF TALAD KWAN RIAM SERVING BBQ SEAFOOD, SATAY AND BOAT NOODLES
DSCN3172

DSCN3172


DSCN3169

DSCN3169


DSCN3170

DSCN3170


DSCN3175

DSCN3175


DSCN3178

DSCN3178


DSCN3180.jpg

The main entrance to the Kwan Riam Floating Market is from the temple premise. Greeting visitors are rows of thai and local delicacies in a 2 storey roof sheltered premise beside the canal. There were just unbelievable variety of food, drinks, sweets and snacks sold within this food and beverage area. When you are done with shopping for food or drinks and other food items, there were tables and chairs settings on the edges of the market where you can sit down and relax to enjoy your food and maybe a coffee or tea break. There was a thai coffee and tea stall within this area where a man highly skilled in pulling the tea and coffee as you ordered one. It was one of the interesting and fun beverage pulling experience without dripping a drop on the floor. Though this is not unique to Thailand, it was somewhat heartening to see a Thai who was able to perform such skills. If there is a competition in Bangkok in tea or coffee pulling category, this man qualify for advance stage perhaps. There were also a stall serving southern Thai food at the end of this section with more tables and chairs available for dining purpose.

PETTING ZOO AREA AT KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET
DSCN3204

DSCN3204


DSCN3207

DSCN3207


DSCN3221

DSCN3221


DSCN3133

DSCN3133

On the first floor within the same section of the floating market, there are few more shops selling items specialising in clothing, herbal creams soap and herbal medicines and also souvenirs. This 1st floor area also connects to another section of Kwan Riam Floating Market through a wide walkway bridge which has a food court set up and many more food stalls, souvenirs, daily essentials items, clothing, coffee stalls and fruits and snacks. This wide area which is fully sheltered with roof is not humid and with good air flowing through the place from all angles of the premise. You can get some snacks and sweets while enjoying the cool breeze of air. This is also where you can also have some slightly heavier treat for lunch after a exhausting walk browsing through the many items available. Tables and chairs for purpose of dining are available so you can enjoy food and drinks as well as other treats comfortably. There were also some benches available between the walkways to take a break or to unwind.

THE FOOD COURT SECTION @ TALAD NAM KWAN RIAM
DSCN3222

DSCN3222


DSCN3213

DSCN3213


DSCN3223

DSCN3223


DSCN3224

DSCN3224

On another section of Talad Nam Kwan Riam is the few old junks specially constructed and docked on the edge of the canal where some special Thai delicacies are available such as the bbq fish and prawns, pork satay and boat noodles. If you are into seafood and boat noodles, this area must not be missed as it served some of the best seafood and the boat noodle dish is also quite up to its mark.

CANAL CRUISE AT KWAN RIAM FLOATING MARKET
DSCN3229

DSCN3229


DSCN3238

DSCN3238


DSCN3241

DSCN3241


DSCN3244

DSCN3244


DSCN3232

DSCN3232

The final and ultimate encounter at Kwan Riam Floating Market is to take a boat cruise along the canal which passes through few factories and private homes and bungalows. Min Buri district in Bangkok has many factories established around the area so this is where you can witness many such factories along the canal while cruising through the canal at Talad Nam Kwan Riam. Its kind of an interesting and nice outing to experience another floating market tour which also add into yet another amazing market stories in this Bangkok city adventure.

Posted by kidd27 06:58 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

Talad Wang Lang

sunny 28 °C

Markets is the most crucial and ultimate place for people to get daily food essentials such meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, fresh produce and other ready made food and snacks. Morning market is the most common market where people obtain such items mentioned. In Thailand, other than morning market that caters to locals's need and demand, there are other variety or types of market that are being established to meet local expectations as well as places to promote tourism and offering business and job opportunities for those who take a plunge into self employment or to earn some extra income.

SOME OF THE MUST-TRY STREET FOOD AT TALAD WANG LANG
ROAST DUCK & ROAST PORK RICE
DSCN2791

DSCN2791

DSCN2792

DSCN2792

DSCN2793

DSCN2793

OYSTER OMELETTE
DSCN2805

DSCN2805

DSCN2806

DSCN2806

DSCN2799

DSCN2799

The many other markets in this Land of Unseen include the ever popular floating markets, night markets, fresh markets that can also double as tourist market such as Or Tor Gor market and the Maekhlong Train market, riverside market such as Asiatique and the morning market. What I would like to share here on this Bangkok trip is about the unique morning market called Talad Wang Lang or Wang Lang market. This market was set up to cater to the needs of locals living within the area and those who work around the vicinity of Phrannok road or more well known as Wang Lang. Wang Lang market can easilly be accessible from the Chao Phraya river. Taking the boat from the Central pier over at the BTS Skytrain Saphan Taksin station on the orange flag boat, the market is located at the Phran Nok pier. This pier has its name changed to Phran Nok from Wang Lang or Siriraj pier. Siriraj Hospital located within the vicinity is a royal hospital where the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej frequently seeked treatments during his living. Exiting the Phran Nok pier, you would already stepping foot on Wang Lang market.

KANOM PANG WANG LANG. THE WINNER AMONG ALL STREET FOOD AT TALAD WANG LANG
DSCN2831

DSCN2831

DSCN2833

DSCN2833

DSCN2835

DSCN2835

TAKOYAKI
DSCN2789

DSCN2789

SUSHI IS INEXPENSIVE AND TASTE GOOD AT TALAD WANG LANG
DSCN2788

DSCN2788

This is where food hunting will begin. The best time to visit is in the morning just as the market opens its doors to customers. Do leave the stomach free for breakfast and lunch as there were just so many of food varieties to choose from that will of course make your mouth watering. Few special thai food delicacies one should get noted when in Talad Wang Lang including the duck noodle or duck rice known as "bami phet" or "khao na phet", the oyster egg omelette or "hoi thord" and the Wang Lang bread or kanom pang Wang Lang. What I could say about what made the oyster egg omelette special was that unlike other places serving the same treat, this version of oyster egg omelette is not only less oily, it is also much crispier and include bean sprout in the omelette. Hoi thord is definitely not to be missed when visiting Talad Wang Lang. For the duck dishes, the khao na phet portion may be a little small enough just for a snack, the quality of the duck rice can be summed up as satisfactory for a taste of Thai chinese treat. The place serving khao na phet in Wang Lang market overall is clean and comfortable which surprisingly different from others in the same market.

CROWD AT TALAD WANG LANG
DSCN2787

DSCN2787

OLD SHOPS AT SOME SECTION OF TALAD WANG LANG
DSCN2829

DSCN2829

DSCN2825

DSCN2825

DSCN2826

DSCN2826

NICE CAFE AT TALAD WANG LANG
DSCN2827

DSCN2827

TOAST BREAD WITH CHILLI PASTE AND PORK FLOSS. ANOTHER TALAD WANG LANG SPECIALTY
DSCN2830

DSCN2830

Kanom pang Wang Lang should be rated as the best food that I had over at Talad Wang Lang and shall be rated the winner among all the street food at Talad Wang Lang. This bread version is deliciously good because it has very soft texture and strong aroma which never quite similar to any other bread available elsewhere. There were few varieties of flavours including sausage, fruit jam, raisin and ham. This bread treat is a highly recommended snack when strolling Wang Lang market and is a must essentials food to buy. Have a loaf for light snack while on the go through the market and also try get another one or two packed home for another round of good bread savoury at home with coffee or tea during breakfast. Another bread item that must-try is the toast with chilli paste spread and top with pork floss. In my opinion, this is second best after kanom pang wang lang.

SOME OF THE FOOD ITEMS AT TALAD WANG LANG
DSCN2784

DSCN2784

DSCN2785

DSCN2785

DSCN2795

DSCN2795

DSCN2796

DSCN2796

DSCN2838

DSCN2838

DSCN2837

DSCN2837


DSCN2817

DSCN2817

Apart from the food mentioned, there were other inexpensive snacks available including the many sushi varieties and the takoyaki snacks that looks delicious and taste good. Of course the market does not only sell food. There are other items that include ladies and women accessories, clothing, shoes, bags, souvenirs and many others including daily essentials that can be obtained at the Wang Lang market. You can also take a break after a tiring walk or shopping or just for short break at some nice vintage coffee shops. Due to the vicinity if the market within the old Bangkok, there were old wooden shop houses along the market which have been turned into coffee houses. This is another amazing Thailand market experience that tourists or visitors or backpackers could savour when visiting Amazing Thailand.

SOME NON-FOOD ITEMS AT TALAD WANG LANG
DSCN2814

DSCN2814

DSCN2815

DSCN2815

DSCN2813

DSCN2813

Posted by kidd27 04:57 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

(Entries 1 - 3 of 3) Page [1]