Rommaninat Park Bangkok

Trip

An excursion to the rommaninat park in Bangkok. After several trips, I decide to take regular walks over a time lapse of 2 to 3 hours, or even times of half a day. The goal is not to visit intensively, but to make excursions from time to time to interesting places. I look at a map and discover potential places.

Description

This park is small compared to the big parks in Bangkok. It is interesting because it is located in the historic city center of Bangkok, all close to the Sam Yot station on the metro line. Nearby, it is possible to see the most important monuments of Bangkok. A charming little park with an outdoor gym, but also some interesting statues. Obviously, many locals who come to do their jogging and their sport. In the surroundings, there are the traditional Thai districts, far from the high buildings of the lively districts.

History

Rommaninat Park is built on the site of what was the notorious Klong Prem Central prison. Klong Prem Central prison was established in 1944 and developed into the prison where Thailand’s worst offenders, including prisoners awaiting execution, were housed. By 1960 this small city centre site became very overcrowded and Klong Prem Central prison was moved to a new location in the north of the city. The Maha Chai Road facility re-purposed to become Bangkok Remand Centre. Eventually this facility also outlived it usefulness and most, but not all, of the prison building were demolished and a park was created in 1992. Rommaninat Park is now a wonderful green space in an otherwise very built up part of Bangkok. The only reminders of the very unpleasant prison that once existed there are two observation towers, a section of the old prison walls and the adjacent Corrections Museum.

Benjakitti Park Bangkok

Location

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.

Description

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.

History

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.

Bangkok Chao Phraya Sky Park

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.

Wat Arun Temple in Bangkok

History of Wat Arun

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.

New trip in Bangkok

Staying for long time in Thailand, again in the city of Bangkok. After some interesting but not exceptional experiences a new experience in Bangkok. Nice accommodation in the trendy Silom district. Close to the BTS Sky train of Sala Daeng and the metro station of Silom. It is therefore possible to go to the trendy city center in less than 30 minutes. There are also many neighborhoods in the Silom district. Lumpini Park is located next door, a very pleasant park where all the locals come to relax and play sports. A good experience for localization.

I discover new things because the city of Bangkok is very big. I can discover the historic city center again a moment later. Some places are obviously seen differently when we visit them at different times.

The weather is hot and it doesn’t rain too much. On the other hand, when it starts to rain it is better to be sheltered. Lots of coffee to work with, this is obviously one of the positive points, so it is possible to change every day. Bangkok city center also makes it possible to live among the rich Thai population, which is another approach of other provinces. Inequalities remain significant when walking in the street.

Quarantine in Thailand

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.

This is the hotel of my quarantine https://thegreenviewhotel.com

You can find list of hotels for quarantine https://asq.locanation.com

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.

How to go to Pattaya from Bangkok

About 150 kilometers separate Bangkok from Pattaya, but the journey time between these two cities depends on traffic. In general, it takes a maximum of 2 hours outside peak hours. However, the journey may be longer at some point.

To reach Pattaya from Bangkok there are several possibilities. It is quite easy to reach by bus Pattaya and you can take the bus from several places ie from Suvarnabhumi airport. You can arrive at this airport and directly go to Pattaya. If you are visiting Bangkok or coming from another part of Thailand, you will probably be in central Bangkok. In this case it is also possible to take the bus to Ekkaimai station or to Mochit station.

There are three ways to get to Pattaya:

  • The bus
  • The minibus
  • The taxi

I advise you to take the bus for the simple reason that this is the most economical way, in fact you will pay about 120 baht to do. In addition it will be good quality buses with air conditioning. There are many connections during the day. From Suvarnabhumi Airport you will have connections almost every hour. On the other hand you must understand that there is no fixed time and that all bus places must be filled before leaving. If a bus is not full the start will be delayed. Generally buses are quickly full, so in some cases you can wait for the next one.

From Suvarnabhumi Airport to Pattaya

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport is on the road leading directly to Pattaya. Starting from there you will save time because you will avoid some of Bangkok’s traffic jams. You can expect travel time to be around 90 minutes.

To go to the counter and buy a ticket at the airport, you have to go at level 1, gate 8 of the arrival hall. It will therefore be necessary to go down to the first level. You will not miss the counter because it is clearly indicated. Difficult also to not find the bus because the buses have the inscription Pattaya above.

The bus will drop you off at Pattaya bus station and can also drop you off at the terminus in Jomtien. This is one of the advantages of taking the bus to the airport, being able to go directly to Jomtien without stopping at the bus station. So if you want to stay in Jomtien and you rent an apartment it is interesting to take the bus from the airport.

If you take the taxi, while the official meter price is 1050 baht, you will probably have to pay more. Of course, you can always negotiate a price with the driver before leaving the airport to get a preferential rate, especially during off-peak periods. Getting out of the airport at the departures level is also a good tip. Taxis drop off passengers at this level and generally have few people to take care of. If you take a taxi there, you will save some money.

From the center of Bangkok to Pattaya

Buses are considerably cheaper than taxis to get from Bangkok center to Pattaya and I also advise you to take the bus. Regular service is offered between the two cities. Thanks to the different buses provided every day, you should not have any trouble getting a ticket. For this you have to go to the bus station of Bangkok, then arrive directly at the bus station of Pattaya.

So you can find a bus at Ekkamai station, it is the bus station dedicated to transport to the east of the country. You can reach Ekkamai by the sky train going down to this station. There you will find many buses that depart every 30 minutes from 05:20 to 23:20 and cost around 120 baht.

You can also find buses from Bangkok to Pattaya from Mochit Station. This station will be accessible by bus number 1 from Don Mueang Airport.

First place for two weeks

First place where i stayed inThailand. I wanted to find a full accomodation like a small appartment. I wouldn’t like to have just a simple room with share bathroom and kitchen. So i was obliged to define my budget a little in a higher way. In fact even if it is Thailand it stay a capital and if you want to not be to far for the city center you need to pay a correct price. Big city so the best thing to do is to stay just beside a subway station or BTS sky train. I don’t have internet with my phone so outside i need to be near the transportation. Anyway i find an accomodation in a lower price for full accomodation. I pay 200 € for a small appartment, 10 minutes walk from station of subway. For 20 m2 with a small balcony and airconditionner. It is not bad. It allows myself to be in the middle of the local. Yes in fact i have the feeling to not see any western people in this area. I decided to find accomodation every two weeks. Why? Cause i realise that one month in the same place can be long. And if never the accomodation is not very good you will be obliged to stay all the month. For this reason i choose to be careful about the budget but to move every two weeks. I need to change regularly. So finally i will spend around 400 € for the accomodation in one month. But for appartement and as a tourist, it is definitely not bad.

I try to live every day with 10 euros per day, outside of the accomodation. I spend a little money for the transportation, the food and the dring in cafe. But difficult to do less.Generally 6 € to eat, 1€ to move and 3 € in cafe. Sometimes i overtake a little this budget. As i don’t overtake 1000€ per month until february it will be okey. And to the accomodation and cost of live everyday i need to add a flight per month to a destination. Plus extras.

Bangkok

Seriously, I do not really like Bangkok. It’s a giant capital with a lot of people. It’s hot all the time, pollution is present, garbage is in the streets. No, I’m not a fan. In addition, the internet connection is rather weak. But good strength is to add that if I want to travel without working in exchange for housing, we must choose these places.

I still have trouble accepting the contrast of standard of living in Bangkok. You wander through 8-storey shopping malls filled with the most prestigious brands, filled with well-dressed people and tourists. And next to that you go out at 200 meters and you see the street vendors, all the people who do not know what an easy way of life is. It is like people were born and to be in correct life and other people were borned to stay on the street.

Traveling in the outskirts of Bangkok you will see people who have never been to the cinema and who do not know what it is like to drink normally sitting in a cafe, living barefoot. You have a huge contrast between two major populations. Too much contrast between the street and for example street mall. You can take a coffee in street mall living inside and everything seems very great. And when you move on the street just after you fall in a big contrast with misery and people who don’t know what is to do to go in a shopping center drink a coffee.I’m someone with many opinion and i try to understand how people there are going to have the possibility to live a ‘rich life’ while the other will stay in the poverty. I don’t know how this work and i prefer to not know.But it is definitely when we come a second time in a country that we have the right view about this.And it is also impressive how we can judge in a different way when we tried to live in a place instead to just stay as a tourist. Staying for long time we can see mmany more things and many details. And also to have a right analyst about the reality.

It is normally the rainy season, and finally i’m really surprised cause not too much rain. In fact it is rainy sometimes just one hour during the day where it is a big rain. And the rest of the day just nothing. So finally the fact is just to avoid the moment where it is rainy and stay inside. But not bad. Moreover at the season prices at more attractive and less tourist. So finally better…

 

 

 

Crazy move in two day

I wanted to change and to cross atlantic ocean first, and then to cross pacific ocean. I realized that and i realized that quickly cause i crossed the ocean in just the space on one month.
And  in the space of two days, so many transportation without to sleep.
I was in Canada in Victoria. I took the bus to reach the ferry to reach Vancouver. In Vancouver, take a short tour of the city via bus and tram before returning to the airport.

I then took my night plane at 2am from Vancouver to Taipei, Taiwan. 11h flight …
Without having really slept over the jet lag, I stayed a few hours at Taipei Airport. I realized that Taiwan seemed to be a beautiful country and well developed country, thanks to the videos about this that i saw in the airplane. Taiwan is also , after Japan and South Korea, (except Singapour and Houng Kong because it is just city state), the third country the most developed in Asia.  So plan to go one day. I stayed many hours in the airport of Taipei during the night to wait my flight for Bangkok. 

And then an other flight, 3 hours in direction of Bangkok to arrive almost two days after from Canada. Very long trip but I arrived safe and sound and tired, around two days after to be in Canada.