Hi there folks,
we’re glad you made it here in the first place and we would like to welcome you on our blog. We will start right away with our first post, we have been spending 4 weeks in asia as our yearly vacation and that involved being in Bangkok for about two weeks which was also the perfect place to test our new Sony a6000 camera. Since this is a blog mostly about photography, some gear and a few traveltipps of locations and stuff we found worthy to visit and share we will jump head-on into this post.
We arrived half a day behind schedule due to a missed connecting flight in Abu Dhabi and made our way to the city centre with one of the always present taxi’s. Our driver was hardly able to understand us let alone finding our final destination but after some instructions based on google maps screenshots we managed it to get to our apartment without to much further loss of time. By the way, having screenshots on your phone available comes in quite hand to brief the taxi guys, since most of them speak hardly a word english. We set camp in one of the tidy yet small apartments at the Surawong City Apartment complex. The building is set quite nicely near silom which made it a great starting point for exploring the city on your own with taxis everywhere and connections to the BTS and MRT (bangkok’s metro and skytrain equivalent) right around the corner.
The streets around the Apartment give you a good insight into daily streetlight so we started walking around the other morning exploring our nearby area.
We spend the next days with a mixture of exploring, visiting some of the lesser known temples scattered across the city and some shopping. When you not want to be stuck in crowds with asian tourists taking selfies in front of every stone, wall, street and flower you should get up early and avoid the well known tourist sites. And since we have already seen all the usual places like the Wat Arun and the Grand Palace last year we left them to the side this time. There are plenty of beautiful temples and religious sites where you’re sometimes the only one apart form the locals and the monks. Here’s a short list of places we visited:
– Wat Prayoon
– Wat Ratchanaddaram
– China Town
– Wat Prasri Waha (a very nice indian temple, unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos, nice place though)
Even though it is a tourist spot, make sure to visit Wat Saket, Golden Mount. It is one of the best spots to see Bangkok’s skyline.
When you got all the temples covered or just can’t stand them anymore bangkok still has a lot to offer. The zoo is also quite nice to spend a lazy day and watch some animals up close. And if you’re in for some shopping as is the female part of us the Rama I Rd. got all it needs to make you spend days wandering through the shopping lined up all around the Siam BTS station. A shop definitely worth a visit is LOFT located in SiamDiscovery. You can get all sorts of fancy goods, from notebooks to smartphone cases, aswell as camera leather straps (we got ourselves a pair) and pretty unique jewelry. Sometimes it’s nice to leave the BTS behind and take a walk between the malls. It will give you plenty of opportunities to dine on the street with stalls offering local food aswell as some nice motives to fill your camera’s SD card.
Spending several days walking around bangkok really shows off the strength and reliefs of our new Sony systems. I can remember last year where i was having two full frame DSLRs in my bag. This year it was just the a6000 and a few lenses in our Ona Bags, which enables us to spend more time walking around and shooting without actually compromising image-quality, allowing to give a few of the shots to our agencies for licensing.
With some desperate need of fresh air we decided to take on a day trip offered by Green Mango (www.green-mango.net) to escape Bangkok’s buzzing streets. It’s a nice way to relax a little and see some more of the country and the people even though most of the places are covered with tourist. But we definitely enjoyed our time on local markets, a boat trip with a very intense monkey encounter and a typical thai meal on a floating house.
To finish our trip to bangkok in style we checked in a night at the Lebua State Hotel. This is actually the place where THE HANGOVER II has been made and with the highest bar in the world and rooms with balconies up to the 60th floor it gives you a great view above bangkok. We have been assigned a suite at the 54th floor with a hell of a view. Having one rather cheap apartment as your basecamp checking in with several different hotels for just a night gives you great opportunity to capture unique cityscape shots, spend some quality time on your vacation without stretching your wallet too much.
All in all Bangkok is definitly a great place to spend your holiday’s. Whether you’re just in transit to a beach in southern thailand or if you are on your way to the mountains in the north make sure to spend at least a few days here. It’s just great for exploring thailand’s daily live and culture, some shopping and definitly a great place to take photos.
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