Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Crocodiles in Bangkok!

Wat Chakrawatrachawat Woramahawihan located near Bangkok's Chinatown, is home to a family of crocodiles! The temple is Ancient, dating back to the Autthaya period. The temple has many interesting structures including a crocodile pond, located in front and slightly to one side of the temple phra ubosot.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Phraya Nakhon Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

Within the Phraya Nakhon Cave in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is the home of the Kuha Karuhas Pavilion, a part of Thai History.  Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is part of Prachuap Khiri Khan province and about a 45 minutes drive South of Hua Hin. The cave is located surrounded by beatiful Mountains and wildlife with magnificent views of beaches, mountains and forests.

The Phraya Nakhon Cave consists of two huge chambers and both chambers are open to the sky allowing the rays of the sun illuminate the chambers giving the cave a magical feel that is both tranquil and serene. The Phraya Nakhon Cave is best known for the Kuha Karuhas Pavilion found in the main chamber (shown in the photo above). The Pavilion was built at the end of the 19th century for the visit of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V).  The cave was later visited by King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) and the present King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej (Rama IX).  The cave wall of the main chamber contains the signatures of both King Rama V and King Rama VII, further documenting their royal visits.

Reaching the cave requires quite a bit of effort, beginning at the car park of Bang Pu village, where you can either take the trail across the rocky peninsula (around 30 minutes) or take a short longtail boat trip to Laem Sala beach. The boat round trip will cost around 300 Baht per person.  Then it is just over 400 meters walk, mostly up hill on a steep and rocky path to the cave. There are great views of the beach, the sea and a number of small nearby islands of the way to the Cave.

Thailand's Black Heron

This Black Heron was seen in in Ban Bang Poo Beach on the limestone cliffs surrounding the bay within Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Southern Thailand.

Sea anemone in Ban Bang Poo Beach at Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park

This photo of a sea anemone was taken in Ban Bang Poo Beach at Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park. I was quite surprised  with this photo as I just pointed and shot the photo without much though as I could not even see my camera view screen due to the glare of the midday sun. I had to crop the photo and adjust the color and brightness of the photo to remove some of the water glare.  The original photo is below:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rainy Season Is in Bangkok!

Last night I was at the Octave Roof Bar in the Marriott Sukhumvit watching a storm move in and I decided to share my photos of the event.  Rainy season has begun in Bangkok and results in nearly daily evening Storms which last until November.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Thailand Park Pecking Order

The video in this post shows the pecking order in Lumpini Park for the local animals eating the tasty dead fish that likely lived in the lush lakes of the park. When I arrived on the scene the crows were fighting over what was left of a catfish carcass. Then a smallish (less than a meter) monitor lizard rose out of the water and started nibbling on the catfish. As he was chasing away the crows, a large monitor lizard rose out of the water and swallowed the fish whole!

Bangkok Oriental Garden Lizard

This yellow Oriental Garden Lizard was seen in Lumpini Park today. This type of lizard is a Agama Lizard, which has rough scales and often have a small crest going down their neck. They are active during the day and are often seen on trees or other vegetation.

Boating on the Andaman Sea

Taking boat tours around the islands of the Andaman Sea is a great way to see the awesome limestone landscapes which compliment the emerald colored sea. The tours are usually quite affordable, ranging in price from 20 to 30 USD for a whole day that includes lunch and gear for a few snorkeling stops.

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