Lumpini Park in located deep in the center of Metropolitan Bangkok, between Silom and Sathorn Roads and off of Rama IV Road. The park has several large lakes which cool the hot city air and provide a nice living area for many interesting creatures. There are also many beautiful well maintained garden areas, full of tropical plants and flowers. The lakes and the gardens provide the perfect foregrounds for the city skyline surrounding the park.
Living so close to one of Bangkok's nicest inner city parks, I frequent the park and often have my camera. I would like to share with you photos of some of the wildlife found in the park. Many very large monitor lizards can be seen in the many lakes found in the parks. They are often seen swimming in the lakes but also look up! They can be also seen in the trees surrounding the lakes. Not to worry though they do not bother with people visiting the park and are quite shy if approached.
Many other water animals including water fowl and turtles of various sizes and shapes inhabit the lakes and Thai people can be seen feeding the fish in the lakes, which are teaming with large catfish.
Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo was built in 1950, at a time when the area of Samut Prakan Province was undeveloped land on the Chao Praya River Delta. The area is quite well developed now and the Crocodile Farm and Zoo still is a thriving tourist destination who want to see the world largest crocodile farm in the world. The farm and zoo does have activities for all ages including a crocodile show that has crocodile handlers placing themselves in what appears to be harm’s way by placing their appendages into the gaping mouths of some very large crocodiles. There is also some very entertaining elephants that put on a very interesting show. The crocodile farm is interesting enough, with crocodiles of all sizes and shapes and areas that you can actually feed them. The zoo portion of the facility has many different animals from across the globe. Some of these animals you can feed and interact with quite closely as well. The photos and videos below are to give you just a taste of what the crocodile farm and zoo has to offer to help you decide on the visit.
If you have a day or two in Bangkok to plan a robust cultural excursion, this page will help. These Thailand Travel Explorer pages contain information and photo compilations of the very best top destinations in Oldtown Bangkok, which will give a full flavor of the culture that has developed into the Thailand we know today.
Wat Suthat (Wat Suthat Thep Wararam) is located adjacent to the "Giant Swing" and the swing is considered part of the Temple complex. The temple is also one of the official "Royal" Temples as well as a royal temple of the first grade, one of ten such temples in Bangkok. The temple grounds are beautifully maintained and on my visit one of the two Temples were under renovation. I suggest a tour of the temple for anyone interested in Thai Culture.
Bangkok's Giant Swing is another of Bangkok's famous City icons. The swing has a long history in Bangkok, being constructed in the late seventeen hundreds by King Rama I. The swing ceremonies have their roots in Hindu traditions. The swing has been replaced several times in the past with the most recent in 2007 when huge teak trees were specially grown and selected for the straightness of the trunks and free of knots. I was lucky enough to be in Bangkok for the dedication of the new swing and I remember it was quite a big ceremony.
Wat Pho is an amazing piece of historical real estate, one that you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Bangkok. As indicated in this Blog’s name, Wat Pho is the birthplace of Thai Massage. What this means is the area of the Temple was used to develop healthful massage techniques, kind of like a medical school of long ago. To continue this tradition, the temple maintains a massage school near the temple, teaching the local Thais to properly give “Thai Massage”.
Wat Pho has many names, the official name is “Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimolmangklararm Rajwaramahaviharn. The Temples original name was Wat Pho Tharam. “Wat Pho” is the common name and means “Temple of the Bodi Tree”. The temple is also one the nine Royal Temples of the Chakri Dynasty, being built during the reign of King Rama I of that Dynasty.
Wat Phra Sri Rattana Satsadaram (Wat Phra Kaew) is also called "the Temple of the Emerald Buddha". This amazing temple is located adjacent to the Grand Palace and is filled with over a hundred ornate buildings and statues and sculptures most related to either Buddhism or Hindu. The grounds are ornate with many gardens and statues. These buildings are surrounded by walls on all sides, the entire wall is painted with scenes from Ramayana, which is a ancient Hindu Tail of the gods. Cameras are not allowed in this church so it is difficult to get a photo of the tiny (between 60 and 75 cm) Emerald Buddha. Not much is known for certain about the statue, except that it isn't actually made of emerald but rather of green jade or jasper. The tiny sacred Buddha is ceremoniously has a change of clothes with each change of season.
A new mall has opened in Bangkok – The EmQuartier. This mall sports a unique garden area on the 6the and 7 th floors which offers amazing views of the Bangkok skyline. Above the garden area is “the Helix” which is a spiral atrium area full of many fine restaurants. The EmQuartier is part of The Mall Group’s ‘EM District’ project to transform the Phrom Phong area into one of the biggest retail mall areas of the city. There are even rumors that the Phrom Phong BTS Station will be renamed to “EM District”.
The EmQuartier Mall at Night:
The EmQuartier Mall during the day (weekend).
Wat Arun (Wat Arunratchawararam) is one of the main city icons for Bangkok and really is impressive when you approach the Temple from the River. The historic temple is located along the Chao Phraya River, on the west side, and across from the Grand Palace Complex. The name of the temple means "Temple of the Dawn" but personally the temple looks more impressive in the evening and at night when it is illuminated and reflected by the river. But if the morning is all you have the temple is still impressive.
The main chedi of temple rises well above 250 meters from the Chao Phraya River and you are invited to climb about three quarters of the way to the top. This gives you an awesome view of the Bangkok skyline. So if you are fit enough for the climb, please do, the views are worth it.
The temple was established as an official Royal Temple representing King Rama II. Getting there is fairly easy if you are traveling by the river. Take the express boat to the Ta Tien Pier (Pier #8) and transfer at that pier to the Wat Arun Ferry. The ferry is only 3 baht. You can work your visit to Wat Arun with your trip to Wat Pho for Ta Tien Pier is very close to Wat Pho.
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