Posts Tagged ‘Thonburi’

River Trip

July 13, 2009
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I had some free time today so I decided to take a trip on the Chao Phraya River. I took a boat from Central Pier (Saphan Taksin Skytrain Station) to Siriraj Hospital then walked to the old Thonburi Train Station.

I was just in time for the 1:55pm departure to Nam Tok. Everyone thought I was there to catch the train. No – just taking pictures. Farangs do strange things.

I also had a look around the loco sheds. Wow they have some old stuff still around. It’s like stepping back to the late 1960s in England.

I had to wait at the station as it started to rain. Then I walked back to the Railway Station pier, took a cross-river ferry to Maharaj Pier (3B) and then the Chao Phraya Express back to Central.

The geotagged map of my journey is above. The bulk of the photos are on Picasa Web here. But the “best” are on Flickr here.

Don’t bother with the Picasa Web photos unless you are interested in pictures of vehicles.

The weather was cold and grey – it reminded me of England although warmer. I tried setting the Nikon Coolpix P6000 to use “Cloudy” white balance but I didn’t like the results. So for the Flickr images I toned them all down. I think it gives an impression for the low-contrast feel of the place on such a dull day.

The river was quite choppy and some of the tourists were looking a bit green around the gills. I loved it, although I had to be careful to keep the camera dry. Some of the pictures suffered from a spot of water on the lens that I did not notice until later. Grrr.

There are so many places to visit in Bangkok I will never be bored.

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Cab Ride Mahachai Line: Bang Bon – Wong Wian Yai.

July 11, 2009

Thai Mass Transport Systems: SRT: Cab Ride Mahachai Line: Bang Bon – Wong Wian Yai..

“Thaitransit” writes an interesting blog on public transit in the Bangkok area. He lives in Mahachai and commutes to Bangkok.

This article has lots of photos of the train ride. Makes me want to go myself.

Wong Wan Yai Railway Station, Thonburi

July 8, 2009

Wong Wan Yai Railway Station, Thonburi

Originally uploaded by Ian Fuller

I made it to Wong Wan Yai raIlway station on the holiday Wednesday. It’s just as other’s have described – a single track station with a market right up to the tracks.

Disappointingly the single train that shuttles to and fro to Malachai is a standard SRT Kinki diesel railcar from the 1980s. I was hoping for something more interesting and unique.

I did not have time to take the train. That was fortunate because as soon as the 14:25 departure left the station I started to pour wih rain and the area flooded in minutes. I bet the train was held up.

I’d love to take the trip some time. The mornings are invariably dry at this time of the year (Famous last words.)

I have “the best” photos at Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianfuller/) and the “rest” at Picasa Web (http://picasaweb.google.com/the.bangkok.photographer/20090708#)

Next Trip to Thonburi …

June 29, 2009

I will investigate WangWian Yai railway (as in State Railway of Thailand) station and the route to Mahachai. It seems to be written up so much on the web that it will not be “undiscovered by foreigners” for much longer.

For example My Krung Thep กรุงเทพฯ (Bangkok): Off the beaten path: A hidden railway towards the Gulf of Siam and Amphawa Floating Market.

According to the State Railway of Thailand trains leave WongWian Yai as follows:

Leave WongWian Yai     Arrive Mahachai

05.30 -06.23
06.25 -07.27
07.00- 07.58
07.40-08.39
08.35-09.28
09.40-10.36
10.40-11.39
12.15-13.10
13.20-14.15
14.25-15.22
15.25-16.27
16.30-17.26
17.05-18.02
17.35-18.36
18.35-19.30
19.10-20.04
20.10-21.00

Definitely worth a trip at 10B per ticket!

The King Taksin Monument – a monument to a great warrior

June 29, 2009

The King Taksin Monument – a monument to a great warrior.

The monument is very impressive but it is in the centre of a busy traffic circle. I was not brave enough to cross over to get a close look so I took photos from the circumference.

I used my Canon EOS-30D with its inexpensive 75-300mm lens. It isn’t even the Image Stabilized (IS) version. Still, I was happy with the results after some optimization in Lightroom.

Here is a crop from a larger image I posted to Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianfuller/3668027913/

King Taksin Statue Detail

King Taksin Statue Detail

And here’s a snapshot of the location of the statue from Google Earth.

King Taksin Statue from Google Earth

King Taksin Statue from Google Earth

It’s at lat 13°43’34.68″N, long 100°29’35.14″E and the link for Google Maps is http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=13.7263,100.49309&z=16&t=h&hl=en

Thonburi Trip

June 28, 2009

I walked for miles today. I took the Skytrain to Wong Wian Yai Station at the end of the new Silom Line extension to Thonburi. Then I took a photographic walk to vew King Taksin’s equestrian statue in the centre of a huge roundabout (traffic circle). Then I walked all the way to Memorial Bridge. I visited some temples by the Chao Praya River and walked over the bridge to the Flower Market area of Bangkok-proper.

I barely scratched the surface of the varied sights of Thonburi / Khlong San. It’s definitely worth a repeat visit.

I posted a few images to Flickr. The last three should appear in the widget on the right.