Posts Tagged ‘travel’

Singapore to Bangkok by Train – FOOC

November 29, 2009

The BBC From Our Own Correspondent has a piece on traveling from Singapore by train. Actually two trains. The first from Singapore to the Thai border and the second from Sungai Kolok in Thailand to my favourite Hua Lamphong Station in Bangkok.

I wrote about the FOOC program before here.

They must have renovated the Malayan Railway (KTMB: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad) Station in Singapore. It’s described as art-deco. When I was there it was run-down – it made Hua Lamphong look great by comparison. (I guess it could be both – I should check.)

Durian Flavoured Popcorn

Durian Flavoured Popcorn

The discussion about durian flavoured popcorn that she took on the journey but never ate was amusing. Although the fresh fruit smells strong products made from it are generally mild. It’ll be an anticlimax when she opens the bag.

It's Durian Season

Durian Fruit - Strong Smell

I should take that trip one day.

Durian Flavoured Mooncake

Durian Mooncake - Slight Smell


BBC From Our Own Correspondent

November 9, 2009

BBC Logo

I’ve listened to this program all my life – from the radio when I was a child in England to the internet today. Along with Alastair Cooke’s “Letter from America” FOOC encouraged my urge to travel and interest in things outside my immediate experience.

This short talk is about traveling by railway in Eastern Europe. Some of it is reminiscent of rail travel here in Thailand. But the correspondent who wrote:

… but there is no rushing a good train ride.

I think he hasn’t been on a Thai train recently! They’re famous for their slow progress.
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A Very Long Way From Home

October 11, 2009

I was amazed to see a Land Rover Defender motorhome (motor caravan) with a French license (registration) plate outside the Novotel Hotel, Siam Square, Bangkok on Saturday afternoon.

A Very Long Way From Home

I posted some more pictures of it to PicasaWeb here.

I imagine some people are doing a long overland tour. There was a badge from the Automobile Association of Western India in the windscreen (windshield).

Automobile Association of Western India

Automobile Association of Western India

I like the WIAA badge. The British Autombile Association had a badge like that many years ago.

When I was a teenager such overland tours were very popular. With all the troubles in places like Iraq, Pakistan and Afganistan I’d have thought that Europe – Asia tours would be difficult now.

I’d love to meet the travelers and hear some of their stories. I wonder if they are blogging, twittering or otherwise communicating their adventures. I hope that they were relaxing at the Novotel’s pool after some gruelling but exciting journey.

The Land Rover looked in excellent condition. It has the word Toubab above the cab. I checked and found that

A Toubab – pronounced too-bab – is the generic name for a white person in West and Central Africa
It is not a derogatory term of address and is more especially used in The Gambia and Sénégal. is a travellers’ tales web site but it does not seem to be these folks.

Novotel Siam Square

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Maybe something like this

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.

Friendly Bang-Saen People

June 22, 2009

Friendly Bang-Saen People

Originally uploaded by Ian Fuller

I had a great time in Bang-Saen. It’s an easy bus journey from Bangkok but a world away in all respects.

Kudos to the Bang-Saen Municipality for making an inventment in the town. It’s clean, attractive and the people are friendly and honest – even with western visitors.