Sunset above Chinatown......Bangkok's Chinatown!

Trip Start Feb 07, 2014
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Trip End Mar 21, 2014


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Centra Central Station Bangkok Hotel

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Day 6 - late afternoon/evening

Temperature:   25 Celsius
Weather:   full moon, hot

It didn't take long for me to realize that the hotel’s 12th floor was where all the action took place!    It was where the reception’s desk was situated first of all but also, where the restaurants were and where the sun roof’s terrace was complete with patio chairs and tables!   

        As for the views from the roof’s terrace, awesome scenes of Chinatown with the sun right in front of me at this hour of the day.    I knew right away what that translated to!    Prospects of fantastic sunsets from here!    

But this wasn’t the end of it.   This roof’s terrace even had a long rectangular pool not that we could swim in it or do anything like that because it was approximately only two feet deep but its main purpose being to relax in it while lying down on lounging chairs!   And of course being quite a tease, I just had to get in and soak my big toes!   :-) 

Having spotted from the roof's terrace some kind of a temple within one block away from here……that was my cue to leave and time to check things out.   So, without any further delays, Michel and I rapidly took the same way to go down as to come here to the 12th floor in the first place.  

Just in case you’re not following, from the 12th floor, we had to take another set of elevators located way down the hallway and around the corner.    From there, take the elevator and go down to the main floor, the ground level floor in other words!   Whether you're confused or lost, don't worry.....same thing happened to us!   :-)

Once outside, we passed in front of many street vendors, and shops.   It was hot, very hot to walk in the sun making us take relief in whatever shade we could find along the way as we looked around.     At least we didn’t have very far to go to.  

        As it turned out, the temple was the Temple of Wat Traimit, the one which houses the Golden Buddha!   It was still open at this hour of the day but since it was closing within the next half an hour, we decided to visit it first thing in the morning instead.   Plus hopefully, there’ll be less people and we wouldn’t be rushing. 

Interesting enough, on my way to the temple, I’ve spotted a big Chinese monument similar to the one we have back home in Ottawa in the Chinatown section of the city.   Of course, I had to take my picture with it in the background!

Heading back, we bought a few things to eat at the convenience store located in the basement of our hotel.   Similar to a grocery store, it had everything we needed to stock up on.  

The evening was spent on the roof’s terrace watching the sunset disappear from view and illuminating the entire horizon in the process.    The moon was still full which added pizzazz to the night.

From my room’s window, I watched the city lights and cars' lights at night circulating in all directions.   The room was completely dark, all lights were closed and the window’s curtains……fully open!     I never got tired of watching time pass by while taking continuous night shots with long shutter exposure!     And no, I wasn't exposing myself.......simply taking photos in total darkness!   Hehehe!

Where was Michel during this time!   He was sleeping like a baby!

Monique   :-)      


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Sabrina on

Wow I really like the night photos, they are captivating! Too bad Michel fell asleep sounds like he missed a lot of action!

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