The city of Bangkok does not have a lot of green space. Fortunately you can find pleasant parks in the city center. These parks are real breathing areas in central Bangkok. One of the specificities is to see many tall buildings around these parks. It is located near BTS station Asok and MRT Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.
Benjakitti Park is one of the most interesting to see because you can walk around an artificial lake. This park is not directly accessible at first glance. On the other hand, it is very interesting. One more time. Located near the Asok MRT station, one can find many expats. Indeed it is the park where I saw the most foreign people walking. An ideal place to breathe, to walk, to run, or to simply relax. The parks are well maintained, are very peaceful, and it is always a pleasure to walk in them to get out of the mass urbanization of Bangkok.
In the middle of the modern and busy Asok area of Bangkok lies the Benjakitti Park, which opened in 2004. This piece of green with a large lake can be found between the tall buildings and opposite the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre. In the Benjakitti Park you will find, besides the many flowers and others of course clean, two fountains that are worth a look. In this park you will also find bicycle and walking paths, playgrounds, skate ramps, a centrally located pavilion and a courtyard where you can picnic and rest from your walk.
I decide to make small regular excursions in unknown places. The goal is not to make long days of visit, the goal is to make slots from time to time on unknown places which seem interesting on a map. I thus discovered this new urban park. Difficult to access, it is not easy to find the entrance. The view is magnificent from the park and it is truly a little known place. In short, it was a pleasure to discover this place and to take some pictures.
The new Chao Phraya Sky Park Bridge is a beautiful pedestrian walkway, approximately 280 meters long, and 8.5 meters wide. This bridge is placed between the highway on the Phra Pok Klao Bridge. For ease of use, the construction team has also installed lifts inside the park.It is a new and welcoming site to the previous superstructure that was left unfinished in 1992 by then Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda and his government. For over 30 years, the place had starkly reminded residents of the old Lavalin Skytrain project, one that had it been completed, would have been a game-changer in the city’s transport system.
Tropical trees decorate the walkway around the park as the Makoknam, Yeetho, Cha Khoi, Toyting Uang Mai Na, and Bai Tang Rien. People living in this area, both sides of the river, can now enjoy the beautiful panoramic views of the river and surroundings. It is also a charming space for an afternoon or evening stroll. It is not allowed for cyclists to ride a bike through the park, cyclists must dismount and walk the bikes across the bridge.
One of the most beautiful temples to explore in Bangkok. Wat Arun is close to my location. I am located in Silom and I have the metro right next to it. From there I can easily get to the historic city center of the city. The historic city center being a part little served by the BTS metro system. However, it is possible to take the metro and easily walk to many of the main attractions. Wat Arun is located on the other side of the river, so you just have to cross with shuttle boats that cross the river for a few cents.
Wat Arun was envisioned by King Taksin in 1768. It’s believed that after fighting his way out of Ayutthaya, which was taken over by a Burmese army at the time, he arrived at this temple just as dawn was breaking. He later had the temple renovated and renamed it Wat Chaeng, the Temple of the Dawn. It used to be the home of the Emerald Buddha before the capital and Palace was moved to the other side of the river. This can now be seen at the Grand Palace.
The central prang was extended during the reign of Rama III (between 1824 and 1851) and is now one of the most visited sites in Thailand. It was also Rama III who added the decoration of the spires with porcelain so that they glimmer in the sunshine.
After this history, it is in my opinion I think one of the best temples in Bangkok. There is also a very nice view from above. Maybe a little less known because it is located on the outer shore, it is without a doubt one of the best temple in bangkok. Entrance for 100 baths for foreigners.
Back to Thailand, this time for the long term and for two reasons. The first is that I am completely free financially and this allows me to be able to stay in Asia as I wish with a long term visa, which was not the case the last time I was in Asia. The second reason is that it is not possible to go to other places in Asia anyway. Also, coming here was an investment with the situation. I wish things had turned out differently for my travel plans in Asia.
Fortunately, it helps alleviate the situation, to be in a place where I wanted to travel and stay put. The advantage is that the cost of living is low, which allows me to have more flexibility in terms of spending with my online business. With what is happening today for travel to Asia, we will say that it allows us to remain positive.
Although I still find it difficult to accept the fact of not being able to do the projects that I had, I am happy to be in Thailand because I have the habits that I want and I would say that without being able to move freely , there is no better place for months than to sit quietly. A simple life with nice little apartments, cafes, the sun, an exotic atmosphere, online work, all for an affordable cost of living. I like this simplicity of life, the one I was looking for to be at peace, and which I can currently enjoy, without worrying about any particular obligations. Freedom as the key word.
Return to Asia and Thailand. After weeks of struggling to get a Visa to be able to go to Asia, I managed to get my long term visa for Thailand. Although it is not a business visa, this visa gives me access to a resident card in Thailand for a time and to benefit from a number of advantages. Given the current situation, I had to find a good compromise between the benefit of the card and the expense. And i don’t regret this solution.
The two week quarantine is compulsory for all those returning to the territory. It is therefore necessary to book a hotel approved for quarantines as well as insurance. During the two weeks it is impossible to go out. Fortunately hotels are generally good quarantine qualities. Quarantine is obviously not free, and there is something for all prices. My hotel is located south of Bangkok, a bit remote in the countryside. I am in a modern room of 30 m2. It’s small to stay there for two weeks but it’s comfortable. The meal is placed in front of the door in trays three times a day.
Being far from the city the environment is calm and there is no noise. The internet connection is also good, which allows me to work efficiently on my computer. I never wondered if it was going to be difficult or not because I wanted to achieve my goal of landing in Asia again and there was no other solution. Quarantine is indeed not fun, but when you know that you will be able to enjoy and do what you want afterwards, it allows you to stay positive. The mere fact of finding Asia gives me energy and a smile. Working online also helps me a lot in my day.
Stockolm in winter it is also a particular climate. In Stockholm longer than expected I was not necessarily prepared for winter. After mild weather, the real cold of Scandinavia has arrived for a Swedish capital entirely under the snow with regular temperatures ranging between -10 ° and -15 °. With these temperatures the weather is sunny and the snow is constant. Fortunately the city is equipped and all transport functions normally with the vagaries of the climate. Although in town, one of the advantages of this situation is to observe magnificent landscapes under the snow. The streets are also completely snow covered, which gives a special charm. The day begins to gradually increase with more hours of brightness.
One of the most beautiful views in the city. It is an observatory which is located in the center. It is an hill in the city center. Observatorielunden is a green oasis only a stone’s throw from the throbbing pulse of Drottninggatan. There is an observatory in the park that goes back to the 1700s. One wing, from the end of the nineteenth century, contains Kafé Himlavalvet, known for its delicious waffles and toppings from a special waffle menu.
The castle of Vilnius is one of the best places to visit. Located near the city center, it allows you to have a breathtaking view of the whole city. He does the tour on a clear day, as one can have a view of all sides of the city.
The Vilnius Castle Complex is a group of cultural, and historic structures on the left bank of the Neris River, near its confluence with the Vilnia River. The buildings, which evolved between the 10th and 18th centuries, were one of Lithuania’s major defensive structures. The complex consisted of three castles :the Upper, the Lower, and the Crooked.
The Crooked Castle was burned down by the Teutonic Knights in 1390 and was never rebuilt. The Vilnius Castles were attacked several times by the Teutonic Order after 1390, but they did not succeed in taking the entire complex. Its complete capture occurred for the first time during the 1655 Battle of Vilnius. Soon afterwards, the severely damaged castles lost their importance, and many buildings were abandoned. During the Tsarist annexation, several historic buildings were demolished; many more were damaged during the fortress construction in the 19th century.Today, the remaining Gediminas Tower is a major symbol of the city of Vilnius and of the nation itself. Annually, on 1 January, the Lithuanian tricolor is hoisted on Gediminas Tower to commemorate Flag Day. The complex is part of the National Museum of Lithuania, one of the largest museums in the country.
Like all the Baltic countries, it is once again a pleasure to walk around Vilnius. The historic city center is very pleasant with many historic buildings and parks of very high quality. Vilnius is one of the greenest capitals in Europe. The historic city center is therefore surrounded by numerous parks. The whole is very clean and it is a new must see destination in the Baltic States.
In 1994 to UNESCO World heritage list was inscribed Vilnius historic centre as having outstanding universal value. It is historic part of the city formed in 14-18th centuries. Today is recognized that on prospering times Vilnius made great influence on all Central East Europe region culture and architecture development. And objects of Vilnius historical centre are extraordinary examples of architectural ensemble and landscape type.One of the most beautiful capitals in Europe since old times was famous for it’s tolerance. In this, most to the east distant Western European cultural centre, coexisted both Eastern and Western cultural traditions. In the city and it’s suburbs settled various confessions and nationalities inhabitants.
In Vilnius old town preserved authentic buildings who served defensive, residential, representative and spiritual purposes. Vilnius old town preserved gothic, renaissance, baroque, classical styles features. This city architecture is unique, because all stiles join in one harmonious esthetical unit. Very special atmosphere in Vilnius panorama create 17th century typical Vilnius baroque school domes of the churches and restrained monumental classical architecture.
Vilnius is the capital of Lithuania and is perhaps the most overlooked cultural capital of the three Baltic states; Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. A picturesque city of historical importance and religious significance, Lithuania’s grim past is deeply embedded in its identity today.
As I continue my tour in the capitals of the Baltic countries, I discover places that I would never have thought of discovering before. One of the peculiarities of Vilnius is its large number of green spaces. You will indeed find green spaces everywhere. The river running through Vilnius is surrounded by green space, which gives it a special charm. A quiet town to visit. The city center of Vilnius, like all the capitals of the Baltic countries, is definitely worth a visit. I was surprised by the number of parks, the cleanliness of the city center, and the quality of life.
The Old Town, historical centre of Vilnius, is one of the largest in Eastern Europe. The most valuable historic and cultural heritage is concentrated here. The buildings in the old town – there are about 1.5 thousand of them – were built in a number of different centuries, therefore, it is a mixture of all European architectural styles. Although Vilnius is often called a baroque city, here you will find some buildings of gothic, renaissance and other styles. The main sights of the city are the Gediminas Castle and the Cathedral Square, symbols of the capital. Their combination is also a gateway to the historic centre of the capital. Because of its uniqueness, the Old Town of Vilnius was inscribed on the UNESCO Worls Heritage List.
Bastion Hill is one of the most romantic places in central Riga, as it features narrow paths, alleys of trees, stone garden, water cascade… The park right next to the Freedom Monument has been a delight to an eye and soul for more than a century. Either it’s winter or summer – special amosphere is always here.The paths run around the hill on different levels; they can take you to the very top where a nice view opens on the evening sun or the busy city or walk you around the hill to show the splendid scenery.Artificial waterfalls, colourful flowers, several sculptures, and benches to take a rest. Pay attention to the small bridges; the just married have left their padlocks here, which, according to belief, brings a long life and happiness.Ducks and swans have beloved the canal. A special swan house is set up here on the bank. If you are lucky, you’ll see the canal’s most interesting residents – badges.But at summertime, a dock next to the park is open to all those who would like to take a river tram or a boat.
Vērmanes Garden Park is Riga’s second oldest public park; the numerous benches are always occupied by Rigans and visitors to the city, the historic open-air stage features various concerts, and children have fun on the park’s playground.Vērmanes Garden Park is situated in the very centre of the city, surrounded by Tērbatas, Elizabetes, Krišjāņa Barona and Merķeļa streets. Riga’s second oldest park was created by donations in early 19th century. It was named after the wealthy widow Anna Gertrud Vērmane (born Ebel, 1750.-1827), who had allocated a piece of land and a great sum of money for the park. Now a statue to the generous lady stands there.Vērmanes Garden Park features various sculptures – splendid four season fountain, majestic stone lions, a monument to the collector of Latvian folk songs – Krišjānis Barons, and a bronze dandy – a monument to Latvian artist and designer Kārlis Padegs – on the other side of the fence. The garden park turns into a fairy tale during a year’s darkest period as it features strings of beaming lamps, music, and giant snow-menThe wooden open-air stage on the Elizabetes Street side is popular with chess players; sometimes it holds concerts and performances of dance groups. Having strolled through the park, relax in the cosy tea house or a night club located in the historic building at the corner of Tērbatas and Merķeļa streets. Now the renovated premises houses the music centre Vernisāža, established by Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls.
Promenade Daugava River
The promenade on the right side of the Daugava River stretches from Old Town all the way to the Ķengarags suburb of Riga. An excellent place where one can be near the water and enjoy a stroll.The section of the promenade adjacent to Old Town is where river boats dock to pick up and drop off tourists. This is also an excellent place to relax on a bench and enjoy the view of the river. Meanwhile, on the section between Akmens Bridge and the Railroad Bridge, there are excellent views of the Latvian National Library building.Furthermore, the section beyond the Railroad Bridge is popular for active residents – it is perfect for a bike ride, jogging and roller skating.
This centrally-located park is 8.75 hectares large, and surrounded by Elizabetes, Kalpaka, Krišjāņa Valdemāra and Brīvības streets.A monument for Oskars Kalpaks, Rainis, the Birth of Christ Orthodox Cathedral, the Latvian National Museum of Art and the Art Academy of Latvia are located in the park. The present greenery was created in 1950 as a partially communicating park.
Kronvalda Park (originally Strēlnieku Garden) is 11.92 hectares in area, with the city canal running through it. Bordering Elizabetes, Kr. Valdemāra streets, Kronvalda and Kalpaka boulevards.The city canal splits the park into two parts. After dismantling the city dikes in 1863, the Union of Riga German Riflemen erected a society house and a shooting-ground on the right side of the park. Later, in 1883, this part was enlarged according to a project by architect Georgs Kūfalts with around 2,000 rosebushes blossoming in flowerbeds and rose-gardens. After 1927 the State handed the whole garden, except for the Riga Congress Centre, over to the city’s inhabitants, and garden architect Andrejs Zeidaks started creating a landscaped park here. During 1930’s the park was named after member of the Young Latvians Movement Atis Kronvalds.