I have always been fascinated by the street vendors of Thailand. Their magic on the streets producing the right product for the customer, to capture their presence to buy their wares. Studying their manner with people is an experience I have always envied. Passing by their carts and seeing the same people return day after day is a credit to their capabilities as entrepreneurs. When you look, no, observe their actions, the street vendor is in the zone. Total concentration to provide the service for an end result. The picture below was captured during a Sunday visit to the best market place I have visited in my time in Thailand. It is non other than Sampeng Lane Market or the full tittle Soi Wanit 1.
A crowded maze of streets of both retail and wholesale products for sale and this should not be missed if in Bangkok, if you want to feel the Chinese influence of the city. If for a short time. Make this a priority on your list.
Total work ethic to keep the customer satisfied and the end resort money in the pocket.
Until next time:
Hua Hin, Thailand Railway Station saw the young girl crossing the line, maybe a picture here?
A little history about the famous Railway Station:
The Hua Hin Railway Station is one of the most famous sightseeing attractions in Hua Hin with a long cultural heritage and Royal connections. Built in the reign of King Rama VI, the station is one of Thailand’s oldest railway stations. In addition, it is one of the country’s most beautiful train stations with unique architecture. Its most striking feature is the splendid Royal Waiting Room constructed in the Thai architectural style. The room was relocated from Sanam Chan Palace in Nakhon Pathom Province during the reign of King Rama VI.
The station is a must visit if you manage to get along to Hua Hin. We first visited the seaside town around twenty years ago. Yes the town has changed, but I always enjoyed going back there for another look.
For other attractions visited huahin.sawadee.com/attractions.html to get a run down of what Hua Hin as to offer. I can assure you that you will fall in love the little oasis.
Trip to Halong Bay Northern Vietnam, we booked the trip via a small travel agent in the old quarter of Hanoi. The young lady was most helpful, as they normally are when you are handing over money. She recommended the deluxe package, which included transfer from hotel to the port, boat trip, bamboo boat ride through the caves, lunch and return to hotel. We could have exchange the bamboo boat ride for Kayaking, but decided against this option. My wife does have a good point which will undoubtedly unfold as the tour unwinds. Did all pay for the deluxe tour or did we just get conned to pay more? We did ask a few people on the trip and they did pay the same amount. So it worked out that we were all paying the same cost. But just one to watch when booking your Halong Bay trip.
Monday morning we were picked up at the hotel and spent about one hour picking up other tourist’s. The bus from the outside was good, the seating however, was a difficult. Obviously the bus was made for Vietnamese as the leg room was restricted and was very uncomfortable on a four hour journey to Halong Bay.
The Lush Green Rice Paddies
We made the customary stop for a restroom break and “you guest it” a look around the gem shop and the workshop making tapestry. All for sale! The toilets were very clean for the number of tours they deal with throughout the day. Back in the bus and off we go again.
The driver starts up the Vietnamese music, we must be near Halong. As we drive through the rural area of Vietnam you do get a feel for the country, the people wading through the paddy fields tending to the plants. The people seating outside their houses chatting and eating the Pao bowls of noodles. I managed to take a few pictures to capture the memories of this journey.
Knowing we have to make the journey back is beginning to play on my mind a little. Oh well let’s enjoy and get on with it and not worry.
At the port/harbor we are given tickets and make our way to the boat. Lunch is served and away we go out to sea. The lunch was good with a variety of Vietnamese dishes and chips! All drinks ordered you have to pay for, so keep that in mind.
The tour guide gives us a brief introduction of the Halong Bay Area and the islands.
Fighting Cock Islands
Cruising on the ocean, we make our way to our first stop. This is for us the bamboo boat ride. The boats are rowed mainly by ladies, with a few men also rowing. As we approached the first cave the young lady steered the boat through the cave into a lagoon. The age of the rower of our boat was 17, she had been working the boat since she was 8 years of age. The boat ride comes to an end and we hop off and back to the main boat for our next excursion to a cave.
The cave part of the trip was quite spectacular with color lights eliminating the roof and the rock formations. Just a word of warning, there a number of steps that wind up and down. With parts of way quite steep, this may hinder your progress walking around inside the cave if you have knee or leg problems. So just take your time and care.
Taking in the caves was the best part for me and I managed to click off a few pictures.
Off we get and make our way towards the bus. Then I start to remember the 3 1/2 hour journey back. Still the sun is going down and the rice paddy fields look green and lush. So no worries, just looking forward to a cold one and a nice dinner.
Conclusion: Trip to Halong Bay Northern Vietnam
Was the trip worth the money? A little rushed for me. The tour guide tried his best, but a lot of what he had to say was lost through his lack of English speaking.
The boat could do with a paint job on the outside. Inside decor was not to bad.
Lunch, was good and plenty.
Bamboo boat ride was good, the young lady worked hard and was steady with the oars.
The cave was excellent, but there were many tourists ad this did hamper progress on the steps.
The main negative is the journey time to Halong Bay, but you do know before you book.
Bob’s Rating out of a 10 = 6
Taken from my web site travelingwithyourcamera.com
All pictures are taken straight out of the camera. As yet no post processing. I am still on the road touring. I will be publishing a ebook from my travels in the Northern part of Vietnam very soon.
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This post is about the Old Thailand Military, well just in a couple of pictures. While touring around Ban Chang and it’s outskirts I came upon a unusual Buddhist Temple, take a look at http://travelingwithyourcamera.com/ for the full post on the temple. Walking around the temple, there were monks of course, but these guys were busy fixing the pump for their water well, and a number of very unusual bits and pieces within the walls. A number of these caught my eye, but this one stands out.
As you can see from the picture, battles were fought using Elephant’s has their mode of transport. So I just wonder what was the connection with the temple?