A Travellerspoint blog

January 2019

Muay Thai statues at Khai Bang Kung Wat and Naval fort

There are a lot of Buddhist temples in Thailand and there are a few unique and interesting ones – the Wat Bang Kung วัดบางกุ้ง is one of them. It is actually a temple built within a huge banyan tree! Wat Bang Kung is located in Amphawa district, Samut Songkhram.

Within the Wat entwined tree, there is a large Buddha statue pasted with gold leaves by devout visitors who will walk around the Buddha It appears that a concrete structure had been built within the tree to house the temple.

Within the grounds from Wat Bang Kung lies the memorial to Bang Kung Camp, once a strategic naval outpost. Back in 1767, after the defeat of old Siam capital of Ayutthaya by Burmese forces, general Taksin took his navy down to this area after Burmese ships blocked the route to the gulf. It was from here that Taksin led his troops to take back Ayutthaya from the Burmese and eventually becoming King of Siam.

Besides statues of soldiers dressed in 18th century military wear, there are dozens of life-size statues of Muay Thai kick-boxers displaying different Muay Thai moves, which were added in the late 20th century.

Music credits to : Yacht Stomp by Spazz Cardigan
free under creative commons licence through You Tube Music Library
and appropriate on so many levels!

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Phra Ramrajnivet Palace or Ban Puen Palace

Phra Ramrajnivet Palace Petchaburi is a hidden gem, which I visited on my journey to South Thailand.

Phra Ramrajnivet Palace or Ban Puen Palace was built by King Rama V in European style at Ban Puen village by the Phetchaburi river in 1910 to be his retreat in the rainy season.

It was a model of the summer palace of Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany, built in a mixture of Baroque and Art Nouveau style. Originally called “Wang Ban Pun”, the palace is situated to the south of the town.

The construction began in 1909 at the command of King Rama V to be his rainy season palace. A German architect, Mr. Karl Deurring designed the palace, while Admiral HRH Prince Boriphat of Nakhonsawan and HRH Prince Damrong supervised the construction. The construction was completed in 1916 in the reign of King Rama VI.

The palace was used to welcome and accommodate state visitors during the reign of King Rama VI.

Nowadays, the palace is on the grounds of the local Army Base, and there are restrictions regarding entry because of this.

The trees in front of the palace are remarkable and worth having a wander through, just so you can find where the roots begin and end!

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Maeklong Railway Live footage

So here is my live footage which clearly shows how close the the stalls the train is and how close the the train the stalls are. It was a very cramped affair as you will see from the live video, without much room to move and get good images.

On this years road trip down to the south of Thailand, I stopped at the Maeklong Railway market in Samut Songkhram, south of Bangkok. There apart from the healthy and thriving market, was the spectacle of a train traversing it's way snail like through the stalls along the railway track. Yes it was heaving, yes it was very very cramped, not at least when you have the stalls pull back their goods from the very edge of the track to let the train through. Maeklong is the end of the track here from Bangkok and there are trains run just for people to experience this journey.

Trains run about four or five times a day and whilst many may bemoan the crampness, and "heaving people" this is also part of why the market thrives so well. There you will see typical Thai wares and foods and typical Thai market stall holders. For me now living here these are everyday sights and ones i know I would miss sorely if I was back in the UK. What I now take for granted is a real beauty for people to see.

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Maeklong Railway Market (Talad Rom Hub)

On this years road trip down to the south of Thailand, I stopped at the Maeklong Railway market in Samut Songkhram, south of Bangkok. There apart from the healthy and thriving market, was the spectacle of a train traversing it's way snail like through the stalls along the railway track. Yes it was heaving, yes it was very very cramped, not at least when you have the stalls pull back their goods from the very edge of the track to let the train through.

Maeklong Railway Market is a traditional Thai market selling fresh vegetables, food and fruit. What makes it special is that the market is located on a train line where, a few times a day, the train runs directly through the market.

When the train comes, vendors lower their umbrellas and move some of their produce further back off the train tracks. Some of the vegetables are laying on the ground and the train goes right over them. Amazingly, nothing is damaged or broken, and as soon as the train passes, vendors continue as normal.

Maeklong is the end of the track here from Bangkok and there are trains run just for people to experience this journey. Trains run about four or five times a day and whilst many may bemoan the crampness, and "heaving people" this is also part of why the market thrives so well. There you will see typical Thai wares and foods and typical Thai market stall holders. For me now living here these are everyday sights and ones i know I would miss sorely if I was back in the UK. What I now take for granted is a real beauty for people to see. I also took live video of the train coming through the market and this will be posted along side this video , which I have chosen to focus more on the market than the train.

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