Earlier this year on one of my cycling trips I’d noticed a bit off a road a field full of structures which looked like ‘lamp posts’, but actually are structures used for holding bird cages high up in the air. I’d seen individual posts for this purpose in my neighborhood before, but never a whole field… As far as I know (which granted doesn’t mean that much) this particular hobby - keeping birds and having singing competitions - is very popular in the South, but in Nonthaburi?
We travelled by 3rd class train to the monkey town of Lopburi, a leisurely 2 hour ride through a rather flat and rural landscape. Plenty of people on board, both standing and sitting in various ‘zombie’ stages, from fast asleep to endlessly noodling on their mobile phones. Between looking out of the window or taking photos I got lost in my mystery novel; Mons Kallentoft’s Midwinter Sacrafice. Arrival at Lopburi Station was uneventful but the huge kitsch monkey statues there w
Some of my friends are a tad eccentric: some cycle daily like maniacs, a few collect beer labels (& drink it too), and others like to visit every possible railway station that’s around. I enjoy cycling at a leisurely pace, drink an occasional beer and am open to little weird expeditions which always provide photo taking ops…, in other words I fit in well. Some time ago Tim told me about a visit in 2004 to a small railway station, somewhere behind Chatuchak Park: Phahon Yothin
2 weeks ago my old friend Anne came over for a visit, all my folding bike stories turned out to be contagious and she decided to buy one here as prices were considerably lower than back home in Germany. We checked out 2 bicycle places and she ended up buying a pink Java, with a 9 kilo weight and 3 gear perfect for her. I contacted my buddy Dave for a joint ride and we all agreed on something new, cycling from Taopoon to Banglumpoo! Checking google maps showed up plenty of con
In 2003 I started working for Khiri Travel, taking over the renovated shophouse in Rambuttri Road which previously was the main office. All staff moved over to Khiri’s brand new office in Nonthaburi and together with 1 new Thai staff I ran the old office as a ‘walk-in’ shop. The idea was good, but the timing not as in those days Rambuttri was just another quiet road, not a 2nd Khao San Road like it has become now. Potential clients consisted mainly of tight budgeted backpacke
Just to get the record straight, I thoroughly enjoy cycling around here, great exercise and plenty of photo ops. However it’s not all bliss and continuous Instagram friendly moments, like life in general there are lots of ups & downs (& anything in between!). The pros look pretty straight forward: - Off the beaten track experiences - Lots of nature - Friendly people - Photographer’s paradise The cons are perhaps not what you’d expected…: - Off the beaten track experiences > Y
This morning I left early cycling not really having a clue where I'd be heading. I rambled along Plaibang Road, crossed klong Mahasawat and continued down Suan Phak until the 'end'. From there I could either head back via Wat Chaiyaphruek or go into the 'unknown', cross under Boromratchonnee and continue on Chaiyaphruek and Chak Phra Road. What caught my eye on the GPS map was a long stretch of green called Wan Chaloem Forest Park, something I'd never seen or heard of before!
Last Sunday I was on the way to visit a friend in Banglumpoo and stumbled on to the dress rehearsal for the upcoming coronation. The coronation ceremony of H.M. King Maha Vajiralongkorn takes place from 4th - 6th May at the Grand Palace and looks like it’s going to be a massive affair. When I arrived at Panfa and walked towards the Democracy Monument I found the whole area sealed off with lots of ceremonial guards, police and yellow vested volunteers preparing their parts. At