Friday, January 12, 2018

Let's Go to Bangkok Day 3

Day 3 - We started with a plan to visit Erawan Shrine downtown and it's only within the Sky Train travelling distance (only a couple of stations away). But before that we went poking at alleys looking for some interesting local food. We found this alley with stalls selling a variety of food and the place is called "Food Plus" located at GPS : 13.745288, 100.534425
A bowl of clear soup noodle with fish ball, fish cake, fuchok and egg.
Thai chicken rice.
A visit into the nearby Siam Center to refresh ourselves.
And back to the sky walk towards Amarin Plaza where Erawan Shrine is located next to it.
Veiwing from the top of the sky walk into Ratchadamri Road with the morning traffic building up.
There you are, Erawan Shrine located next to the junction between Ratchadamri Road and Ploen Chit Road GPS : 13.744370, 100.540564. This shrine has been terrorised at least twice with bombing incidents last few years.
Erawan Shrine has been attracting many devotees over the years more than many temples in Bangkok. 
The four faced Buddha statue is actually of Hindu and formerly known as Thao Maha Phrom Shrine.
It is also popular among tourists from neighbouring countries.  and many have come back to thank Buddha for granting their wishes and protecting their lives. 
A big vase for well wishing with coins and notes thrown in. I could see notes of various countries in it.
Birds for rent where one could pay and release these birds to freedom.
We had some snacks and drink at the food kiosks in front of Amarin Plaza.
The weather was lovely during this time of the year and eating outside the plaza was fun and nice.
Later in the evening we set ourselves for a night shopping, we took the sky train to Saphan Taksin Station it was a 20 minutes or 1.5km walk to a pier called Sathorn Pier for a boat ride to Asiatique.
This boat ride cost 30bahts per head to Asiatique Pier along the the River of Chao Praya. 
The ferry services along Chao Phraya seem popular and busy. I enjoyed the scene of the boats, the surrounding buildings and the water.
Apparently there is a free shutter service to Asiatique which you might want to check it out instead of paying like us.
Approaching Asiatique Pier with flags and banners welcoming the guests into the night bazaar and spend more bahts with all the interesting shops in it. The ferris wheel is distinguishedly seen from far.
Another lovely evening weather at Asiatique and we were excited as we landed at the bazaar with the sun setting, it was crowded and more coming in both by the river and by land transport.
Just in case anyone of us get lost in the huge bazaar, the clock tower is the best landmark to meet up.
Food stalls were everywhere and all look so good and yummy.
We had to a problem as what to eat there were too many to pick but nevertheless we have to decide for one.
At last we decided to dine in a sit down restaurant and enjoy the dinner. I opted for a Pad Thai with attractive fried prawns in one of the many Thai restaurants at Asiatique.

Seafood spaghetti looks yummy and attractive too.
Fried noodle with crab meat topping for Jo.
The lighted up ferris wheel stands majestically at the bazaar.
Interesting bicycle cafe.
The love locks near the clock tower for lovers binding and pledges.
And the many warehouses that made up the huge shopping mall.
Our meet up place for the evening while some were still busy shopping in the bazaar. It was a good choice and interesting place to visit. I like it. We managed to secure a Grab car back to our hotel despite the heavy traffic in front of the mall. Good night for Day 3.

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