Wat Leng Nai Yi 2 or Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn

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Wat Leng Nai Yi 2, also known as Wat Boromracha Kanchanapisek Anusorn, is an impressive Chinese temple and well worth a visit. The temple is located in Bangbua Thong district in Nonthaburi just north of Bangkok. It took over ten years to build, and was constructed to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the King’s reign.
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The temple was designed by Thai and Chinese architects and most of the construction material was handmade in China including the engraved granite columns, brass Buddha statues and carved wood murals. The temple is built true to the Mahayana Buddhist tradition with its traditional Chinese architectural designs and Feng Shui discipline.
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The temple has 4 stories and 3 main halls that house Chinese style Buddha Images. The main building (Ubosot hall) has three large Buddha statues (made of brass and weighing 18 tonnes each), a secondary structure is dedicated to Guan Yin, the Goddess of Mercy and it is carvedin Burmese teakwood .
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Open : weekdays 08.00 – 17.00, Weekend 08.00-18.00
Admission Fee : Free
Location: Sano Noi, Bang Bua Thong, Nonthaburi

Best coffee outside town: Klong Suan 100 years market

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Klong Suan 100 Year Market is set on one side of the Prawet Burirom klong and dates back to the reign of King Rama V.
Klong Suan 100 Year market is more than just a market, it is really a living museum.
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The market has many different shops, which are getting rare these days. We have visited the market several times and our favorite place is Mr. Lee’s coffee shop. His Oliang (Thai iced coffee) is the best I have ever tried. Unfortunately, in our last trip, we were sad to know that he had passed away some months ago. Mr. Lee was over 80 years old and has been featured in several local media; he was a legend in the market. The coffee shop is now run by one of his sons.
There is also a barber shop run by khun Dumrong who is in his seventies and has worked all his life in the barber shop founded by his father.
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A small museum displays all kinds of products sold in the past. It’s housed in what was once the residence of one of the market’s founders.
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And a Thai market would not be a market without food. There are so many shops were you can eat and contemplate the klong life. Last time we were there was only some life Thai traditional music to enjoy while having lunch.
Klong Suan market is an important community center, a blend of different cultures where the Thai, Chinese and Muslim people live in harmony helping each other.
Most of the visitors are Thai and you can experience the real atmosphere of a traditional market, it still retains the charm of the old days. All in all is a nice day trip to scape the big city and enjoy the cool weather while it lasts.
PLACE: Klong Suan 100 Year Old Market
LOCATION: Tambon Khlong Suan, Amphoe Bang Bo
OPENING HOURS: Daily
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Jim Thompson Farm

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Jim Thompson farm is another good opportunity to get away from the city in the cool season, so we decided to make it out of town and enjoy some nature. The farm opens only for a short period of time every year. Last Saturday was the first day for this season, it will remain open till the 12th of January.
The farm is located in Pak Thong Chai district round 2.5 to 3 hours from Bangkok. We left around 7 in the morning and got there around 10. It was amazing how many how many cars there were in the car park, though inside it is so big, that we never had the feeling that it was crowded. We got our tickets (actually you can get it in advance for a discount in Bangkok at JimThompson shops but we did not have the time to pick them up), then we hopped into the “watermelon tram” and headed to the first stop. We drove slowly through the beautiful flower fields; it was an explosion of pink, red and white. In the first stop we enjoyed the first big photo shoot attraction: the giant pumpkin where a huge variety of pumpkins is on display, I never thought there were so many kinds!
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There is also a huge silk cocoon where you can take nice photos. We walked to the second stop, the Thai village through a green tunnel and then through some rice paddies. It as a nice stroll as the weather was so nice and cool.
We got to the Thai village just on time for lunch. There are two options for lunch, a Thai air conditioned restaurant or an outside area where simple food is on offer.
At the Thai village you can see the Thai traditional life style, learn about the lifecycle of the silkworm and how the littleworms make this natural fiber, and also see the processes of silk reeling, yarn dyeing, silk weaving and fabric printing.
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There is also traditional music, Luk Thung. It is a great atmosphere and you can learn so many things. There is something for every member of the family.
The next stop took us to a traditional pavilion, or library, a beautiful wood building by the river that can be accessed by a bridge.
At the end of the tour you can enjoy some shopping for Thai silk products and also pick your vegetables to take back home.
Getting there: From Bangkok, take Highway Highway No.1 to Saraburi. At the Saraburi junction overpass, turn right towards Nakhon Rachasima onto Highway No.2, then turn onto the Si Khiew junction overpass to connect with Highway No.24 , make a U turn about 1.5 kilometers after the seeing the Tor Mai Restaurant. After the U turn, remain on Highway No.24 and turn left onto District Road 1021 to the Jim Thompson Farm. The total distance is 255 kilometers, approximately 3 hours.
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Sunflower fields forever…

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It is that time of the year when the sunflowers are in full bloom, so last weekend we headed to Lopburi to enjoy a day away from the city.

Sunflower fields are at its best from November until February, though, if you are lucky, you might be able to see some still in March. The most popular ones are in Tambon Chong Sarika, Phatthana Nikom District,Lopburi. The beautiful fields filled with bright yellow sunflowers, set against the surrounding hills are quite striking. Originally, these were commercial crops raised for producing seeds and oil, yet in the recent years they have also become a tourist attraction, a nice excuse to leave the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for the day.

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I guess some people have seen opportunity in this and a small fee is charged to go into the fields, 10 baht per person (children were free, just ask politely). Around some of the fields you can find vendors selling local products like honey or sunflower seeds (we bought some that brought back some childhood memories) or other souvenirs and food. In some of them you could also ride an elephant or a tractor.
Are sunflowers on their own worth a visit? We would say yes, as they are our favorite flower, in addition you can visit Lopburi, the “monkey city” or even Ayutthaya on your way back to Bangkok.
We enjoyed lunch at a small shop just opposite the “Monkey Temple” in Lopburi and watched the monkeys jump up and down and then drove back through Ayutthaya, spent the afternoon strolling around the old city and had dinner by the river before heading back home. It was a nice and relaxing trip; especially as the weather has been so fresh, enjoy the cool weather while it lasts!

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Getting There
To travel from Bangkok, drive along the Lop Buri-Saraburi Road for approximately 30 kilometers, then turn left into Highway No. 21 and proceed for another 15 kilometers. Traveling from Lop Buri town center, the sunflower field is located approximately 45 kilometers from the town.

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River Tree House or Baan Rabiang Nam

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The River Tree House or Baan Rabiang Nam is a charming riverside restaurant offering very tasty food at reasonable prices. This hidden restaurant is located near Wat Kae Nok by the river in Nonthaburi and it is a wonderful place to go if you are looking for authentic Thai food, though their extensive menu also includes international food that will satisfy the fussiest dinners.

To get there you will have to park at the nearby wat, and then, walk or take the motorbike shuttle that will drive you down a narrow soi to the restaurant. It is and “exotic” and fun ride if you are going with kids or have visitors from overseas.Poster2L

The restaurant sits on the banks of Chao Phraya River with gorgeous views of life on the flowing waters. The whole setting is beautiful and tastefully decorated with a lot of attention to details. Walking through the lovely garden to the tables is in itself a soothing Poster.jpgexperience. The atmosphere is relaxing; the service is friendly and efficient and the food is excellent; the menu is traditional with many classic Thai dishes and some creative items too. They also have a great variety of beers and wines.

 

Enjoy your lunch, or dinner!

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Address: The restaurant is at 74/2 Moo 1, Soi Wat Kae Nur, also known as Nonthaburi Soi 23, Bang Krasor Maung, Nonthaburi, (next to the Ministry of Commerce). For reservations or directions call 02 968 1481 or 089 182 7100

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The Artist’s House

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The Artists House or Baan Silapan is one of our favorite places in Bangkok. When we discovered it some years ago we felt that we had found one of those last hidden gems, one of those places where you can still breath tradition, something so unique and authentic that you feel like protecting it and keeping it unchanged forever.

Baan Silapan is a colourful art centre and gallery in an old restored house by the Bangkok Yai Canal .The old atmosphere of river life is still prevalent and it is such a peaceful and relaxing place that you can hardly believe you are so close to the big city. The Chinese community has lived in this neighbourhood since the Thonburi days, the houses are over 200 years old.

The Artists House used to be an old house on the verge of collapse. Khun Chumpol, the current owner, and three friends bought the house and restored it to its original condition.
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There is an old chedi in the garden of the house that dates back to the Ayutthaya period. And, it is next to this chedi where everyday, people wait in anticipation for the traditional Thai puppet show. The afternoon starts with an entertaining demonstration on how to put on the traditional Thai costume. After that, the real show begins; skillful puppeteers dressed in black manipulate beautiful made puppets. The story is narrated at the same time. It takes three people to maneuver a puppet. You will be amazed by their skill and performance; the puppets are almost lifelike. You just have to sit and relax, the stories will transport you to a magical place.

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Along with enjoying the show, you can explore this beautiful and still unspoilt neighborhood; buy a bag of fish food and sit with your legs dangling off the edge, feeding the catfish.

Plain papier-mâché masks are available to purchase, and then you can sit with a canal view while painting your mask. It’s a great activity if you have kids!Three

You can even have your portarit painted by one of the artists.

And let’s not forget about lucnh. There is a small restaurant that serves delicious Thai food, or if you are lucky you might catch one of the vendors that come by in their boats.

A wonderful and relaxing day with something for the whole family !!!!SevenEleven

Opening Hours: Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 6 pm, Wednesday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and Saturday Sunday from 9am to 7 pm
Location: Soi Wat Thong Sala Ngarm, Phasi Charoen
Tel: +66 83 034 9858
How to get there: Go to Wongwian Yai BTS station then take a taxi from there. Mention Baam Silapan or the name of the nearby temple ‘Wat Kuhasawan’

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