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A Working Trip to Bangkok, Thailand - 2nd October 2004

Another work trip to the Far East commences with a stopover in Bangkok for a couple of days. There's a day of work-related stuff, but it leaves an evening and a whole day to roam around the heaving, smelly and very hot city. This features an entertaining run around the city in a Tuk-tuk, visiting various temples until the inevitable 'my cousin's shop where tourists get government subsidy' diversion at which point the Tuk-tuk is ditched in favour of Shanks's Pony. There's also a trip on the needle boats that ply the rivers, which took a few goes to get the hang of: they stop for just a few seconds, so there's no time to discuss destinations or anything and then they're off. You have to hope for the best that they're even going the right way.

next album: Mark Joseph at Revs and the BSCC at Hoxne and Wortham - 3rd October 2004
previous album: BSCC Bike Rides and Ten-Pin Bowling, Thornham and Norwich - 18th September 2004

2004 Just around the corner from the hotel, the streets are full of night markets and mystery food

Just around the corner from the hotel, the streets are full of night markets and mystery food

2004 Down on the hot street

Down on the hot street

2004 Chillies abound, and mysterious bags of vegetables wait to be sold

Chillies abound, and mysterious bags of vegetables wait to be sold

2004 Bangkok street scene

Bangkok street scene

2004 A cheerful woman sells various forms of meat on a stick

A cheerful woman sells various forms of meat on a stick

2004 A pop-up café

A pop-up café

2004 Under the bridge

Under the bridge

2004 Evening market stalls

Evening market stalls

2004 A stroll down a side street

A stroll down a side street

2004 Elsewhere, there are lots of mobile scooter-driven food stalls

Elsewhere, there are lots of mobile scooter-driven food stalls

2004 Tourists and locals give offerings at the Erawan Shrine, dedicated to the god Phra Phrom

Tourists and locals give offerings at the Erawan Shrine, dedicated to the god Phra Phrom

2004 A scene of incense and candles

A scene of incense and candles

2004 Some traditional Thai dancing occurs

Some traditional Thai dancing occurs

2004 An offering of fruit and flowers to the god

An offering of fruit and flowers to the god

2004 Erawan Shrine

Erawan Shrine

2004 The Thai instantiation of a Hindi god

The Thai instantiation of a Hindi god

2004 More smoky scenes

More smoky scenes

2004 Thai dancers

Thai dancers

2004 Massive wooden elephants with gold foil on their heads

Massive wooden elephants with gold foil on their heads

2004 Nosher's dinner

Nosher's dinner

2004 Getting on a river taxi is an adventure as the boats stop for only a few seconds

Getting on a river taxi is an adventure as the boats stop for only a few seconds

2004 The needle-boat churns up a big wake

The needle-boat churns up a big wake

2004 Crowded riverside houses

Crowded riverside houses

2004 A hard-hatted river pilot keeps an eye out

A hard-hatted river pilot keeps an eye out

2004 Riverside houses

Riverside houses

2004 A woman with baskets of fruit roams around

A woman with baskets of fruit roams around

2004 The temple of the standing Buddha

The temple of the standing Buddha

2004 As part of the ritual, status are covered in thousands of squares of gold foil

As part of the ritual, status are covered in thousands of squares of gold foil

2004 A massive standing Buddha

A massive standing Buddha

2004 A back-street scene

A back-street scene

2004 Over the rooftops

Over the rooftops

2004 An incredibly-ornate temple building

An incredibly-ornate temple building

2004 Another gold-leafed status

Another gold-leafed status

2004 A woman and a wheelbarrow

A woman and a wheelbarrow

2004 Nosher's tuk-tuk driver makes some running repairs

Nosher's tuk-tuk driver makes some running repairs

2004 Some crazy wiring

Some crazy wiring

2004 The impressive Wat Benchamabophit - the Marble Temple

The impressive Wat Benchamabophit - the Marble Temple

2004 Massive lilly pads

Massive lilly pads

2004 Another western tourist looks at statues

Another western tourist looks at statues

2004 A couple of old dudes play chequers outside a cafe

A couple of old dudes play chequers outside a cafe

2004 Every car is a taxi

Every car is a taxi

2004 Views from the top of the Golden Mount - Phukhao Thong Wat Saket - looking over Bangkok

Views from the top of the Golden Mount - Phukhao Thong Wat Saket - looking over Bangkok

2004 Bangkok City

Bangkok City

2004 The view down to the river and the needle boats

The view down to the river and the needle boats

2004 Fake plastic Buddhas

Fake plastic Buddhas

2004 Pinnacles at the top of the Golden Mount

Pinnacles at the top of the Golden Mount

2004 Nosher in the required bare feet

Nosher in the required bare feet

2004 Another self-portrait in the Filipino Barong shirt

Another self-portrait in the Filipino Barong shirt

2004 It's not hard on this street to see where the world's mahogony is going

It's not hard on this street to see where the world's mahogony is going

2004 More wheel-based shops

More wheel-based shops

2004 A woman with a sack-barrow

A woman with a sack-barrow

2004 Down by the riverside

Down by the riverside

2004 One of a million tuk-tuks heads off up the street

One of a million tuk-tuks heads off up the street

2004 Plastic-wrapped Buddhas

Plastic-wrapped Buddhas

2004 Back on the river in a packed river taxi

Back on the river in a packed river taxi

2004 The needle boats of Bangkok

The needle boats of Bangkok

2004 Another taxi steams up the river

Another taxi steams up the river

2004 The impressive, but oddly deserted, foyer of the hotel

The impressive, but oddly deserted, foyer of the hotel

2004 The traditional 'view out of the hotel' photo

The traditional 'view out of the hotel' photo

2004 Later on, in the company of one of the local business contacts Nosher had met up with, there's a trip to a huge night market with music

Later on, in the company of one of the local business contacts Nosher had met up with, there's a trip to a huge night market with music

2004 More Thai-pop randomness with an umbrella

More Thai-pop randomness with an umbrella

2004 Back-stage fruit sellers at San Luam Night Bazaar

Back-stage fruit sellers at San Luam Night Bazaar

2004 Bright lights, hot city

Bright lights, hot city

2004 The hotel window view, by day

The hotel window view, by day

2004 Nosher's hotel room

Nosher's hotel room

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Just around the corner from the hotel, the streets are full of night markets and mystery food

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