A river runs through it
21 February 2019    Bangkok, Thailand 
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A river runs through it   
21 February 2019    Bangkok, Thailand   
 
 
 
 

Our Bangkok hotel, Loy La Long, is in a 100-year old house built on stilts over the Chao Phraya river, the wide wet highway that cuts through Bangkok. The hotel is tucked away behind a temple and has but six small rooms, each a different colour. Our room is the black room. Yes, black. Not my first choice but it was what was available. This is the second hotel we've stayed at with a black hotel room, the previous being in Lisbon. Can't say I recommend black as a colour scheme but I can live with it for a short while.

The Loy La Long is long on character but short on comforts, pretty much the opposite of Phra Singh Village in Chiang Mai. The building is a dark rambling structure where you are massaged by the sound of waves from the river which is splashing directly underneath the floor, just a meter or so below. In fact you can see water through the cracks between the floor boards. What with the eye-level river traffic and the sound of the waves my first thought on arrival was that we were on a boat. Weird, but you quickly get used to it.

 
 
 
 
View from our hotel room
     
 
 
 
View from our hotel room
     
 
 
 
View from our hotel room
     
 
 
Loy La Long hotel
     
The dark building is our hotel which is perched on stilts over the river, and behind it is--guess what--a wat or Buddhist temple, the Wat Patumkonga Rachaworawiharn. You can't have too many wats.
 
 
 
Loy La Long hotel
     
The dark building is our hotel which is perched on stilts over the river, and behind it is--guess what--a wat or Buddhist temple, the Wat Patumkonga Rachaworawiharn. You can't have too many wats.
 
 
 
Loy La Long hotel
     
The dark building is our hotel which is perched on stilts over the river, and behind it is--guess what--a wat or Buddhist temple, the Wat Patumkonga Rachaworawiharn. You can't have too many wats.
 
 
Inside an orange-flag ferry
     
The river ferries function like buses, carrying commuters to work and tourists to, well, tourist sites. As you can see this ferry was standing room only. We took it four stops up river to see the giant gold Buddha.
 
 
 
Inside an orange-flag ferry
     
The river ferries function like buses, carrying commuters to work and tourists to, well, tourist sites. As you can see this ferry was standing room only. We took it four stops up river to see the giant gold Buddha.
 
 
 
Inside an orange-flag ferry
     
The river ferries function like buses, carrying commuters to work and tourists to, well, tourist sites. As you can see this ferry was standing room only. We took it four stops up river to see the giant gold Buddha.
 
 
Passenger minder
     
This fellow ropes the ferry to the dock and blows a really shrill whistle an awful lot.
 
 
 
Passenger minder
     
This fellow ropes the ferry to the dock and blows a really shrill whistle an awful lot.
 
 
 
Passenger minder
     
This fellow ropes the ferry to the dock and blows a really shrill whistle an awful lot.
 
 
Giant Buddha at Wat Pho
     
The giant gold Buddha is 46 meters long and 18 meters high and is surrounded so closely by columns that it's impossible to get a look at the whole thing which is probably the point. It's a popular draw, the room so packed it brought to mind the Sistine chapel, the difference being the Buddha's visitors are all barefoot.
 
 
 
Giant Buddha at Wat Pho
     
The giant gold Buddha is 46 meters long and 18 meters high and is surrounded so closely by columns that it's impossible to get a look at the whole thing which is probably the point. It's a popular draw, the room so packed it brought to mind the Sistine chapel, the difference being the Buddha's visitors are all barefoot.
 
 
 
Giant Buddha at Wat Pho
     
The giant gold Buddha is 46 meters long and 18 meters high and is surrounded so closely by columns that it's impossible to get a look at the whole thing which is probably the point. It's a popular draw, the room so packed it brought to mind the Sistine chapel, the difference being the Buddha's visitors are all barefoot.
 
 
Buddha
     
You can't get a complete view of the Buddha. Perhaps this is a koan.
 
 
 
Buddha
     
You can't get a complete view of the Buddha. Perhaps this is a koan.
 
 
 
Buddha
     
You can't get a complete view of the Buddha. Perhaps this is a koan.
 
 
Toes of the Buddha
     
I guess that rule about not showing the bottoms of your feet only applies to us non-Buddhas.
 
 
 
Toes of the Buddha
     
I guess that rule about not showing the bottoms of your feet only applies to us non-Buddhas.
 
 
 
Toes of the Buddha
     
I guess that rule about not showing the bottoms of your feet only applies to us non-Buddhas.
 
 
Buddha's feet
     
 
 
 
Buddha's feet
     
 
 
 
Buddha's feet
     
 
 
Dirty canal
     
It's hard to discern in the photo but all the standing water I've seen in Thailand is dirty and full of trash.
 
 
 
Dirty canal
     
It's hard to discern in the photo but all the standing water I've seen in Thailand is dirty and full of trash.
 
 
 
Dirty canal
     
It's hard to discern in the photo but all the standing water I've seen in Thailand is dirty and full of trash.
 
 
Chinatown market
     

This indoor food market in Bangkok's Chinatown goes for many blocks. I'm pretty convinced that most everyone in Thailand spends their day either preparing food, selling food, or eating. Food is everywhere.

 
 
 
Chinatown market
     

This indoor food market in Bangkok's Chinatown goes for many blocks. I'm pretty convinced that most everyone in Thailand spends their day either preparing food, selling food, or eating. Food is everywhere.

 
 
 
Chinatown market
     

This indoor food market in Bangkok's Chinatown goes for many blocks. I'm pretty convinced that most everyone in Thailand spends their day either preparing food, selling food, or eating. Food is everywhere.

 
 
Campaign poster
     
I've read that an election is coming and there are posters like this everywhere in Thailand. Of course I've no idea what the sign says.
 
 
 
Campaign poster
     
I've read that an election is coming and there are posters like this everywhere in Thailand. Of course I've no idea what the sign says.
 
 
 
Campaign poster
     
I've read that an election is coming and there are posters like this everywhere in Thailand. Of course I've no idea what the sign says.
 
 
Elephants
     
 
 
 
Elephants
     
 
 
 
Elephants
     
 
 
Metalworker
     
Our hotel is located near the intersection of Chinatown and the place where metal things go to be reused. Here there are block after block of storefronts where men, and it's always men, are tearing apart metal engines/suspensions/transmissions/etc to I assume re-furbish and re-sell. It's noisy, dirty work and it flows out onto the sidewalks.
 
 
 
Metalworker
     
Our hotel is located near the intersection of Chinatown and the place where metal things go to be reused. Here there are block after block of storefronts where men, and it's always men, are tearing apart metal engines/suspensions/transmissions/etc to I assume re-furbish and re-sell. It's noisy, dirty work and it flows out onto the sidewalks.
 
 
 
Metalworker
     
Our hotel is located near the intersection of Chinatown and the place where metal things go to be reused. Here there are block after block of storefronts where men, and it's always men, are tearing apart metal engines/suspensions/transmissions/etc to I assume re-furbish and re-sell. It's noisy, dirty work and it flows out onto the sidewalks.
 
 
Relaxing on hotel deck
     
It's the end of another day of being a tourist. We relaxed on the hotel's deck and watched the riverboats go by.
 
 
 
Relaxing on hotel deck
     
It's the end of another day of being a tourist. We relaxed on the hotel's deck and watched the riverboats go by.
 
 
 
Relaxing on hotel deck
     
It's the end of another day of being a tourist. We relaxed on the hotel's deck and watched the riverboats go by.