Road to Siam by Glenn the Underwater Adventurer
Glenn is my colleague and he is an underwater adventurer, in other ways an excellent diver who loves the ocean like his own home. His photo collection of his trips, especially the ones beneath the water are so colourful. During this time he decided to take a break from his underwater adventure and took one of my suggestions on going to Bangkok by train to experience a 24 hour journey through small towns with the locals. Here he shares with us photos taken during the trip and why Bangkok is still close to his heart despite what she’s been going through.
Many travelers often choose the most convenient and fastest way to get to their destination, that allows them more time to discover the places they about to visit. How often travelers think of this, “What if you can discover the path along to way towards your destination”.
The Unsetting Barrens
Discover path that is less discover by people often leads us countless surprise and exquisite experience. Therefore this time around 15th Jan 2014, I’ve decide to venture to Bangkok by train all the way from Butterworth, Malaysia. You can expect, golden plains of paddy fields, eye opening barrens, and gigantic mountains on your pathways. For food lovers, this is a best way i find to get to experience the exotic Thai food all the way from Southern Thailand to Bangkok, as you may be familiarize from your day to day ‘commercial’ Thai food, but this journey will not disappoint you with tons of awesome authentic thai food with a local twist!
Footprint of a Century
Here we are in Bangkok, the infamous Hua Lamphong train station with a 98 years old history living structure. After a 21 hours of train ride from Butterworth to Bangkok, I should be rewarding myself for such achievement! Guess what, do check out the chicken rice stall that next to the train station, it’d make a great meal when you first step into Bangkok!
Damneon Saduak’s floating market, it is one of the closest floating market from Bangkok, approximately 80 minutes ride away. Traveling in the Damneon Saduak neighborhood on a long-tail boat, you get to see the locals offering the freshest vegetable and mouth watering fruits at a tourist price. If you are really into the things they are offering, bargain with them! It takes effort and skills to bargain for the best rates, well isn’t that one of the best part adventure?
Venice of the East
There are mixed reviews about to visit or just skip it, because it will take half of the day to travel there and back to the City. Reaching out for all the travelers, as I highly recommend to visit this as this would be a once in a lifetime experience. To experience a culture that has been passed down more than 600 years, thus this floating market.
That’s my lunch!
Be sure to check out the Elephant farm and Tiger farm that is about 10 minutes away from the Damneon Saduak floating market. These friendly creature will make your best day no matter what. Do not worry if you were wondering if animal cruelty happens here, these elephants and tiger were being well taken care of and protected.
There are thousands of people in each and every protest site in Bangkok. Nevertheless, this is one of the main protest site in Siam area. Expect a peaceful protest where you’d see things like the local artist performing at the stage after a series speech from the constitution party representative. Giving it a little such of entertainment in such serious atmosphere like you never experience before!
Despite there are friendly anti-government protest in Central Bangkok City. There are always peace within such as this. Many travelers missed out the gorgeous Chatuchak Park when they visits the infamous Chatuchak market, a multiple football stadium sized weekend market. The park is just next to the market, shopping spree on your favorite local street food and drinks from the market and chill out at the park. What’s more can you ask for?
Travel like a local.
You’ve probably don’t know that waterways transport is one of the most important transportation in Bangkok. There are countless of people travel to work/ to school by boat everyday. It a perfect way to beat the insane Bangkok traffic too! The Chao Phraya river is major river in Thailand that flows towards the Gulf of Thailand.
Glenn Tan is a traveler and a thrill seeker. He likes to go on adventurous trips to discover corners that least discovered by the most of the world. You can find him in the highest altitude such as skydiving above the clouds to the deepest ocean diving expedition.