The Walks of Kulot


WOK SIDETRIP IN BANGKOK.

Earlier this October, WOK took a side-trip to one of the Philippines neighboring country in Southeast Asia. Known to be the Land of Smiles, and the land of golden temples, leaning buddhas and elephants -Thailand is simply amazing. A country not far different from the Philippines in terms of the weather, its side streets, traffic jams, street foods, cheap finds and not to mention most of the Thais looked like Filipinos. But what’s great about Thailand is that most of its historical landmarks, temples and canals are kept intact and well-preserved for everyone to see. Dilapidated roofs of temples are even rehabilitated and missing pieces of their intricately-designed temple walls are also carefully replaced. The thais give utmost importance to their culture and it is obvious with the number of wonderful places to see in their country. But Thailand is not all about temples, because it is also a shopping haven to those who are in search of great cheap finds. Shopping Malls, Bazaars, Night markets are all over the place. It’s no wonder why Thailand is known for Jatujak – the largest weekend market in the world. If money is not a problem then literally, “you can shop, till you drop”. For graphic t-shirt aficionados like me, Thailand is the best place to splurge all your money. Anyway, here are some of the snapshots I’ve taken in Thailand:

On the way to the city...

On the way to the city...

Upon arrival at the airport, we rode a Taxi going to the city proper in Pratunam. Taxis cost 700 baht (approx. P1,000). I was surprised their high way is very spacious.

BKK by night

BKK by night

Took this shot from our hotel room. We stayed at Baiyoke Sky hotel, which is known to be the tallest building in Thailand.

Traffic Jam in Thailand

Traffic Jam in Thailand

Traffic is not only in Manila, but also in Thailand. This photo was taken in Pratunam, the building at the right side of the photo is the Platinum Fashion Mall – great buys and bargains can be found here.

Thai street food

Thai street food

This street vendor is selling a street food similar to the Longanisa (pork sausage in skewers) of the Philippines.

Thai street performer

Thai street performer

I really have no idea what his photos are for. Maybe for publicity purposes? Oh well, he sings, I mean lip sync, very well.

Thailand's famous Tuktuk

Thailand's famous Tuktuk

TUKTUK2

Named as such because of the sound its engine makes. A common scene in Thailand, the Tuktuk is a fun ride, well, for tourists. It’s a bit pricey compared to the normal Taxis but it is a must that you bargain first for the price before riding one.

• FOOTPRINTS

WAT PHO TEMPLE (Wat Phra Chetuphon)

Known to be the oldest temple in Bangkok and is famous because of its largest reclining Buddha. Entrance to the Wat Pho temple is 20 baht (approx 30 Pesos).

One of the temple's façade inside Wat Pho

One of the temple's façade inside Wat Pho

A flower offering at the temple

A flower offering at the temple

Golden Buddhas lined up at the Wat Po temple

Golden Buddhas lined up at the Wat Pho temple

Almost 95% of the Thai population are buddhist reason why images like these revered in Thailand.

Almost 95% of the Thai population are buddhist reason why images like these are revered in Thailand.

Chedi at Wat Po temple

Chedi at Wat Pho temple

These bell-like structures are called Chedi, Pagoda or Stupa. These colorful and intricately designed structures are sacred in Thai temples because underneath the Chedi (specifically the big ones) contains relics of revered monks.

Belfry or Bell Tower

Belfry or Bell Tower

A pyramid-like structure inside the Wat Po temple

A pyramid-like structure inside the Wat Pho temple

You think this Buddha is large? Check out the next photo.

You think this Buddha is large? Check out the next photo.

The Reclining Buddha

The Reclining Buddha

This golden plated buddha is the biggest buddha I have ever seen in my life – it is massive and huge! It is 46 meters long and 15 meters high and depicts the passing of Buddha into nirvana.

Wat Pho temple in Bangkok is just one of the amazing temples in Thailand. For sure there are still more to see.

Floating Market (Damnoen Saduak)

From Bangkok, you have to travel approx. 1 and half hours going to Damnoen Saduak. I joined a tourist van, and I was the only Filipino amongst the tourists. We were then dropped off in a terminal and from there we rode a sampan (long narrow boat) going to the market itself. Upon arrival at the “floating market” I was a bit discouraged because the place was literally full of tourists. I was expecting to see the real thing – the old and traditional way locals buy their goods. But I enjoyed the ride still, and here are some of the snapshots I’ve taken.

Sampan (long-tail boat)

Sampan (long-tail boat). Most sampans are adorned with flowers such as this.

Top view of the floating market.

Top view of the floating market.

Son of the sampan driver.

Son of the sampan driver.

A sampan driver plying through the floating market.

A sampan driver plying through the floating market.

A floating market vendor selling breakfast

A floating market vendor selling breakfast.

These coconut pancakes is a must-try at the Floating market.

These coconut pancakes is a must-try at the Floating market.

Various tropical fruits are sold at the floating market.

Various tropical fruits are sold at the floating market.

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• FAVORITES

Elephants

Elephants play an important role in thai culture and beliefs. Elephant insignias, statues, emblems, key chains, and even elephant underwear are all over the place. It is believed that white elephants are the most significant among its kind because they depict royalty. As a tribute and to pay respect to these pachyderms,the thais observe March 13 as Elephant day.

In the city, it is rare to see a real elephants walking around the sidewalks. But I was lucky enough to see a real elephant – up-close and personal at the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo @ Damnoek Saduak, near the floating market.

Elephant statues in all shapes and sizes @ Central World

Elephant statues in all shapes and sizes @ Central World

Colorful ribbons are used to adorn these elephants

Colorful ribbons are used to adorn these elephants.

Trinkets of flowers are offered to the elephants.

Trinkets of yellow-orange flowers are offered to the elephants.

You can ride these elephants @ the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo.

You can ride these elephants @ the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo.

The Eye

The Eye

Elephant butts :)

Elephant butts

Chatuchak Weekend Market (also known as JJ)

Yup, it’s a weekend market so you can only splurge on weekends. Open every Saturday and Sunday, Chatuchak is the largest weekend market in the world. From clothes, shoes, home furnitures, pets and pet supplies, books, souvenir items – anything you can think of can be found here. The good thing about this place is that you can bargain and most stores sell their items on wholesale prices. Just make sure you have enough money and energy to explore every stall. Just by thinking about it, I’m getting tired because the place is really big. But for sure this a shopping haven for shopaholics out there. And by the way, try their Ice Candy on stick, vendors sell them in JJ.

Next time I visit Chatuchak, I will hoard all the graphic t-shirts!!!!

Next time I visit Chatuchak, I will hoard all the graphic t-shirts!!!!

Ice Candy on Stick - they even have PEPSI, SPRITE and ROYAL flavors.

Ice Candy on Stick - they even have PEPSI, SPRITE and ROYAL flavors.

Cabbages and Condoms

Cabbages and Condoms is a concept restaurant established by the Population & Community Development Association of Thailand (PDA), a non-government organization in their country. It aims to promote ‘safe sex’ and HIV-AI awareness. The restaurant offers wide array of sumptuous Thai dishes and proceeds from every order will be used to fund their programs. Anyway, the restaurant is really inviting and the food is really great! Don’t be surprised if condoms are all over the place, and they are for free! If I will be given the chance to think of tagline for C&C it will go like this: Cabbages and Condoms: Eat and Be Merry after! 🙂 Definitely, a must-visit in Bangkok. (Thanks Ingrid for the suggestion to visit this place)

The Al fresco area of the restaurant.

The Al fresco area of the restaurant.

Flower made out of (unused) condoms.

Flower made out of (unused) condoms.

What was Santa thinking? Please don't give the kids condoms this Christmas.

What was Santa thinking? Please don't give the kids condoms this Christmas.

It's your choice: Republican or Democrat?

It's your choice: Republican or Democrat?

Suvarnabhumi Airport

Thailand’s domestic and international airport. One of the cleanest and biggest airports I’ve seen as of now. I was amazed with the number of foreign visitors in Thailand, they are everywhere and I guess foreign tourists are more than their local tourists. They must be promoting their tourism very well!

Suvarnabhumi Airport exterior

Suvarnabhumi Airport exterior

Being immersed in thai culture and with its people for a few days has been a wonderful experience. I never felt culture shocked in BKK, because aside from the fact that we look like the thais, there are also lot of similarities with the place, culture and values of the Filipinos. I salute the thais for taking care and preserving their country’s heritage and culture. For sure, the places that has been featured here in WOK are only few of the amazing places to visit in Thailand. For now, Sawadee krap, Thailand!

WOK_THAI


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10 Comments so far
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nice blog 🙂 enjoyed your writing as well as your photographs 🙂 how do you do the editing where in only a certain object or person is colored while the rest of the photograph is in b&w? (out of topic na question)
you are right..there are so many tourists in thailand (whenever there’s no political upheavals) and I could say that they have invested in their tourism like the speedboats they have in touring the island in Phuket as compared to the notorious ferries of Pinas.Come to think of it our beaches and tourist sights are waaayy more beautiful and interesting (or is it just me being patriotic)..looking forward to reading more WOKs…

Comment by outonvacation

Hi outonvacation! Thank you for dropping by and I am glad that enjoyed reading the article.

Anyway, I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve said. The Philippines has so much to offer and we are blessed with the BEST beaches in the world! I guess the government should do something about out Tourism industry by creating a positive PR and coming up with promotional gimmicks that will encourage tourists to visit our country. In addition, I guess we Filipinos should be the first one to support tourism in our country by visiting these beautiful places and being ambassadors to other people.

With regard to the photo, I do it in Photoshop. I use a pen tool to select the area I want to remain colored and convert the other area to B&W. It’s hard to explain in writing, but I guess there are tutorials on the net on how to do it. I hope I was able to help you on this.

Thanks again for visiting WOK.

Comment by walksofkulot

kulot! ang ganda ng pics!! kelan na tayo mag-outing??

Comment by terrie

Good job Marts! 🙂 After living in Bangkok for a month and frequent visits, I still learned some interesting stuff here! Cool! Cabbages & Condoms eh? Keep it up Marts! JJ forever! Hahaha =)

Comment by Pau

Hi Pau! Thanks for visiting WOK and I am glad I was able to share something new from this post. Till next time. 🙂

Comment by walksofkulot

where’s our next stop? korea naman?! 🙂 haha

Comment by stephy

Your WOKs always fascinates me…great stuffs you got here! 🙂

Comment by Dj Punzalan

Thanks! Keep visiting WOK. 🙂

Comment by walksofkulot

galing!

Comment by lhen

salamat lhen!

Comment by walksofkulot




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