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On Dumbo

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On Dumbo

September 2011

Elephant Camp

Ratchaburi, Thailand.

 

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It’s quite an experience riding an elephant. Swaying from left to right is a different sensation.

 

We started entering the water and my mom started to panic. She was scared to fall into the water.

Dumbo made a noise because he had to poop. That part I edited out.

 

Here you can see him gliding through the water before making his exit.

 

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To get to Elephant Camp you have to book a whole day or half day tour.

Your hotel or guest house can help you with this.

It costs around 800 Baht for a half day tour and around 1500 Baht for a whole day tour.

A half day tour will bring you to the Floating Market and the Elephant Camp. The prices stated above are exclusive of the paddle boat ride and the elephant ride.

A whole day tour will bring you to the Floating Market, the Elephant Camp, the Handicraft Center, the Rose Garden Show, the Elephant and Crocodile Show, and for the Cobra Show.

The price stated above excludes the payments for the paddle boat ride around the floating market, the elephant ride, the entrance to the Cobra show and the entrance to the Rose Garden Show.

The paddle boat ride at the floating market : 150 Baht per person

The elephant ride : 600 Baht per person

The cobra show : around 200 Baht per person

The Rose Garden Show: 500 Baht per person.

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Feeding Dumbo

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Feeding Dumbo

August 2009

Elephant Camp

Ratchaburi, Thailand

 

 

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I look around me.

We are speeding past the expressway.

I look down at my watch.

It’s a little past 7 am.

I decide to doze off yet again. That 6 am pickup  was too early.

I shift on my seat, closed my eyes and brought my shades over them.

My tour guide’s voice slowly woke me up an hour later.

As I gazed out the window, an elephant is starting to appear clearer and clearer.

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I decided not to go on an elephant ride this time because I was running out of cash. 600 Baht will pay for my cab ride to Suvarnabhumi later that night. Hopefully I won’t have to pay for excess baggage.

I made a mental note to my self that I would make sure to ride on one when I return.

For 100 Baht, you get a bunch of Bananas to feed them.

That’s as close as you could get.

 

 

It was my first time to feed an elephant.

It’s a bit scary when they reach out to you. Especially when they blow air out of their trunks at the same time.

Having elephant snot on your face at 8 in the morning is not a pleasant feeling.

It is an amazing feeling none the less.

“How can a giant be so gentle?”

 

 

100 Baht worth of Bananas won’t last very long.

It’s all gone in one gulp.

I bought her another bunch.

It too, was gone in one gulp.

I wanted to buy more, but I realized that those were very expensive bananas.

Sorry Dumbo.

 

 

 

 

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To get to Elephant Camp you have to book a whole day or half day tour.

Your hotel or guest house can help you with this.

It costs around 800 Baht for a half day tour and around 1500 Baht for a whole day tour.

A half day tour will bring you to the Floating Market and the Elephant Camp. The prices stated above are exclusive of the paddle boat ride and the elephant ride.

A whole day tour will bring you to the Floating Market, the Elephant Camp, the Handicraft Center, the Rose Garden Show, the Elephant and Crocodile Show, and for the Cobra Show.

The price stated above excludes the payments for the paddle boat ride around the floating market, the elephant ride, the entrance to the Cobra show and the entrance to the Rose Garden Show.

The paddle boat ride at the floating market : 150 Baht per person

The elephant ride : 600 Baht per person

The cobra show : around 200 Baht per person

The Rose Garden Show: 500 Baht per person.

Some Things Never Change Along Khlong Damnoen Suduak

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I came home from my recent trip from Bangkok.

The usual goes.

Downloading my photos.

Segregating my photos.

Deleting some of my photos.

And I discovered something.

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August 2009

(two years ago)

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As I started my floating market tour, this woman selling an assortment of hats greeted me.

 

September 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two years later, she’s still there selling hats.

Still the same woman.

Same expression.

Same hair length.

Same hair color.

Same checkered over shirt.

The only difference is, she’s on the other side of the canal.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

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Damnoen Saduak Floating Market

Septemer 19, 2011

Khlong Damnoen Saduak

Ratchaburi, Thailand

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I carefully assist my mom into her seat inside the small Thai paddle boat.

She grunts as she sits down.

“Her feet might still hurt.”, I said to my self.

I look towards the dock and I see the two fat guys we rode with on the long-tail boat.

Then in Visayan my mom said, “I hope those fat men won’t be in our boat!”. My thoughts exactly.

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My mind wanders back a few minutes earlier when we were cruising around the canal area. The long-tail boat we were riding would sway precariously when either of them got excited and they would move around the boat to have their pictures taken. Not a pleasant feeling especially when you have a nervous mother sitting beside you.

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Thankfully  a Chinese family of four rides with us and we got paddled away by an old man around Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.

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hat vendor

some bananas

grandma crossing

Haggling is a skill you will learn and use while shopping throughout the floating market.

FYI, the things that you will purchase here are expensive because it is a tourist destination.

The merchants here add as much as 200% on the regular price on an item. So when they hand you the calculator showing the price of an item, always make sure to slice it by 50% when you return the calculator back to them. They may not accept it at first, but they will eventually give in.

Let’s just say that I bought a souvenir for 200Bhat. It was originally priced at 400 Bhat. When I started walking around the market grounds after our paddle boat ride, I found the same souvenier at a store selling for 80 Bhat! I could have kicked myself right there and then because I knew I could have gotten it for 5o Bhat.

But then again I realized (maybe, just maybe.), that rent for stalls by the canals of the floating market are more expensive than those located on the market grounds.

Food is a staple around the market. There is no need to bargain to get it at a cheaper price because it is priced accordingly.

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To get to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market you have to book a whole day or half day tour.

Your hotel or guest house can help you with this.

It costs around 800 Baht for a half day tour and around 1500 Baht for a whole day tour.

A half day tour will bring you to the Floating Market and the Elephant Camp. The prices stated above are exclusive of the paddle boat ride and the elephant ride.

A whole day tour will bring you to the Floating Market, the Elephant Camp, the Handicraft Center, the Rose Garden Show, the Elephant and Crocodile Show, and for the Cobra Show. The price stated above excludes the payments for the paddle boat ride around the floating market, the elephant ride, the entrance to the Cobra show and the entrance to the Rose Garden Show.

The paddle boat ride at the floating market : 150 Baht per person

The elephant ride : 600 Baht per person

The cobra show : around 200 Baht per person

The Rose Garden Show: 500 Baht per person.

 

 

 

 

Scenes From The Ramakian III

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Scenes From The Ramakian III

September 2011

Wat Phra Kaew

Bangkok, Thailand

“On The Balcony”

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The Ramakian are painted murals that surround Wat Phra Kaew.

The colors are emblazoned across the wall and what is so amazing is what seems to me are gold leaf  incorporated into the paintings.

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Wat Phra Kaew is accessible via the Chao Phraya Express Boat.

The quickest way to get here is to take the BTS Silom Line to SAPHAN TAKSIN. Go down the station and walk to the pier Tha Sathorn (CEN). Hop on the Tourist Boat, pay the conductress some 30 bhat (+/-), enjoy the view that the Chao Phraya gives you. Just make sure to go down at Tha Chang and you’re there.

Scenes of the Ramakian II

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Scenes of the Ramakian II

 

September 2011

Wat Phra Kaew

Bangkok, Thailand

“The Crossing”

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The Ramakian are painted murals that surround Wat Phra Kaew.

The colors are emblazoned across the wall and what is so amazing is what seems to me are gold leaf  incorporated into the paintings.

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Wat Phra Kaew is accessible via the Chao Phraya Express Boat.

The quickest way to get here is to take the BTS Silom Line to SAPHAN TAKSIN. Go down the station and walk to the pier Tha Sathorn (CEN). Hop on the Tourist Boat, pay the conductress some 30 bhat (+/-), enjoy the view that the Chao Phraya gives you. Just make sure to go down at pier Tha Chang and you’re there.

Scenes of the Ramakian

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Scenes of the Ramakian

 

September 2011

Wat Phra Kaew

Bangkok, Thailand


I call this “Three’s a crowd.”

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The Ramakian are painted murals that surround Wat Phra Kaew.

The colors are emblazoned across the wall and what is so amazing is what seems to me are gold leaf  incorporated into the paintings.

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Wat Phra Kaew is accessible via the Chao Phraya Express Boat.

The quickest way to get here is to take the BTS Silom Line to SAPHAN TAKSIN. Go down the station and walk to the pier Tha Sathorn (CEN). Hop on the Tourist Boat, pay the conductress some 30 bhat (+/-), enjoy the view that the Chao Phraya gives you. Just make sure to go down at pier Tha Chang and you’re there.

Bangkok Rain

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Bangkok Rain

We crossed the Chao Phraya River from Tha Tien  (Wat Pho stop) to Tha Wat Arun.

We were at Wat Arun for barely 5 minutes when we had to rush back to the ferry because the rain started to pour.

We took the ferry back across Chao Phraya and took shelter at Tha Tien.

I told my mom that we should “wait it out”.

Sure enough the rain abated 20 or so minutes later and we went on our way.

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So for those of you traveling to Bangkok, always bring an umbrella where ever you go.

It will protect you from extreme sun light and from unexpected down pours of rain.

Suvarnabhumi in 18 mintues

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September 20, 2011

Phaya Thai BTS Train Station

Bangkok Thailand

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“Where are we supposed to go?” asks my mom.

“I think we just have to go through this bridge on the left and up that escalator.” I replied while pointing my lips to the general direction of an escalator located on a new wing to the right (from where we were standing) of Phaya Thai Station.

I carefully read the signs that says “To Airport Link”. We are on the right track.

There I was dragging two rolling luggage. One was mine and one belonged to my mom.

I am starting to sweat and  I could feel it rolling down my back.

I turned to my mom and kidded her, “The next time we are to travel, make sure not to sprain your ankle the night before we fly!”

There was my mom limping and clutching on her cane laughing her ass off while I was manoeuvering both our luggage.

We crossed Phaya Thai Station, through a bridge and reached the escalator.

We ride it up.

As I look up, I see a foreigner walking down the steps while lifting his luggage.

“Is there no elevator?” my mom voiced out the question I was just thinking about. We reached the top, I looked around and came to the conclusion that there are no elevators!

I take it back! There were elevators but it was only from that floor (I think it’s the 2nd floor) all the way up to the platform for the airport link.

A BTS personnel points us to the cashier and I purchase a one way ticket for Suvarnabhumi for 90 Bhat per person.

We rode the elevator to the airport link platform, got on the train and arrived in Suvarnabhumi 18 minutes later.

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Phaya Thai is a Station on the BTS Skytrain Sukhumvit Line.

Click here for the official Bangkok Mass Transit System website.

See below for the Route Map of the BTS Sukhumvit (Yellow Green) and Silom( Dark Green) Line, the underground MRT (Light Blue) Line, the Suvarnabhumi Airport Express (Red) Line and the Suvarnabhumi City (Dark Blue) Line.