Friday, 24 March 2017

Cruising Ayuttaya Island, Thailand 2017



You could not find scene like this in Bangkok. This was Ayuttaya just 50km from Bangkok. In my previous post I said I preferred this place over Bangkok. A picture tell a thousand words right? There was space especially personal space. With the crowded public transport system in Bangkok Ayuttaya was a paradise for me. A great escapes even for city man like myself.

I want a real Thai experiences and I first experiences it here in Ayuttaya. The moment I stepped down from the train to Ayuttaya I had a wonderful experiences. I had vegetarian foods in Bangkok but it was over price and came to Ayuttaya the foods was better and half the price of Bangkok.

The people didn't try to rib me off and very helpful for tourist like myself. Have a smile on your face and you will greet back the same. There a reason Thailand was called the land of a million smiles right? Do yourselves a favour and get to Ayuttaya on your next Thailand trip. 

Sure there are the southern islands where you do nothing but laying on the beach and soak in the sunshine. But I came from Sydney Australia, there's no shortage of beautiful and exclusive beach for me to enjoy. So I have skipped the islands of Thailand on this particular trip.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Ayuttaya The Lost Buddhist Kingdom Thailand 2017



Spent 3 nights here and I preferred here over Bangkok. You're going to get a real Thai experiences with culture and people. And way cheaper than Bangkok. And as a travelling visual artist, a dream destination.

When I visited here why I know Thailand is a dream holiday destination for people worldwide. The people were friendly and very helpful. The foods were wonderful and with Ayuttaya Historical site you get to visit many wonderful temples. I think during this trip so far I have visits over 50 temples and Thailand was a great destination for that.


As a Buddhist myself and see how the people practised Buddhism really drove home how proud I am to be a Buddhist. I have read many books on Buddhism and The Buddha teachings, the sutras came to life when I visited Thailand. Especially if you woke up early where the Monks came out for the morning alms ritual. 

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Bangkok Peak Hour, Bangkok Thailand 2017



Many tourists first think of Bangkok they though of the foods, shopping and the infamous red light districts. But after experienced all of that you glad you get out of Bangkok. It was a hectic city where if you there for those reasons above then you could have a wonderful time there. 

For me personally I preferred Ayuttaya, just an hour drive away from Bangkok. Sure you can't shop till you drop but there's culture and a real Thai experiences. I have spoken to many travellers during my travels around Thailand and they preferred other cities and town rather than Bangkok. 

My recommendations for you if you going to visit the city of light is to experience it only it for a few days. Do your shopping and your temples visits and ofcourse the red light districts then end somewhere else. You're glad you did. 

It's a culture shock for any people that never experience a big city. It could be overwelming sometime. But I got around okay with less confort I must added with the heat and the crowded public transport system. Then I'm from Sydney Australia, we still have traffic jams and sometime overcrowded public transportation. Nothing in this world is perfect is it?

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Wat Pho, Bangkok Thailand

Wat Pho Bangkok Thailand

Couldn't get the whole statue in one shot. It was too big and the crowd was big. So only a glimpsed of the famous reclining Buddha for you. Apparently this was one the Buddha you have to see in your life if your a Buddhist. It's bold and wonderful.

You have to go and visit Bangkok to get the whole Buddha. I must warn you that you have to fight the crowd to get a good shot. But patience is the key. The crowd will move on and you have your shot.

I watched the BBC documentary about Buddhism and they recommend 7 temples that every Buddhists should visits. So a ticked for me here. Six more to go and mainly in Asia and one in America. It's modern Buddhism.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Clan Jetty, George Town Penang Malaysia 2017

Clan Jetty, George Town Penang Malaysia by Travis Chau on 500px.com

Clan Jetty is still remains as it was over 100 years ago. Mainly by immigrants Chinese who settled here years ago. It's a very interesting place to photograph. I just sat at the jetty and enjoy the sunset. As someone told me to see a sunset is a privileged. I have so many of that in my life. I'm very lucky man am I? 

It's an effort to find the place. So look in your guide map of George Town and make sure you come here around sunset or sunrise. That's when the best light and the sky could turn on a show just for you. 

Monday, 27 February 2017

Penang Hill, Penang Malaysia 2017

Penang Hill, Penang Malaysia 2017 by Travis Chau on 500px.com

I'm posting some of the photo from Malaysia even though I'm in Bangkok right now. I bought a big SD card in Penang. I"m still haven't filled out the card as yet and it has all the photos from Bangkok. I post more photos so Bangkok when I have fill it up. 

Anyway Penang Hill was amazing site at sunset and twilight hours. I was there two times just to experience it all. Both time missing the sunset. Not because I was late but the train run that you catch to go up the hill run on time. I think half an hour. I timed myself for the sunset but when I got there I have to wait for the train.

I did a few selfies when I was up there as well. Just for those Facebook shots that people seem to enjoy these days. I had a beer up there just to round up the trip. Ofcourse after I have finished with the photos. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Penang Sunrise, Malaysia 2017

Penang Sunrise

A wonderful walk along the harbour of Georgetown where old trading ships used to roam this water. The reminiscences of the area still linger on if you have a great sense of imaginations. Imagine all the steaming boat in the late 1800s and early 1900s with the cargo full of spices from South East Asia. All heading to Europe. How things have change since then and just within one century.

All the local seamens, mostly from Mainland China with the Manchu Imperial wick running around loading and unloading the cargo. It must have been a wonderful site. Life would have been tough back then with the lifespan of people less than 50 years young. 

That's a wonderful things about travelling as you learn more about the history of the area you visited. It's better than reading the best book on travelling. It simply best to experiences it yourself. That's why I have met so many people with this travelling bugs. And it's hard to get rid of, but why would you?