Never Ending Summer

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Never ending summer opened in December last year in Thonburi. It is located in The Jam Factory a multi-venue compound that includes a gallery, book shop and architecture studio. We finally made it and visited this new restaurant last Sunday.
The restaurant is in an old warehouse and the décor resembles it: flecked paint, some rustic accents and art from some local photographers. The open kitchen allow the guests to enjoy all the action while your food is being prepared.
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The menu is supposed to be family recipes, those dishes that the owners used to enjoy as children. We enjoyed the food and the ambience, though we went for lunch and it was a bit hot, as the transparent roof tends to heat up in the sun.
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It is not easy to get there so I would suggest to call for directions (02 861 0953).
Location : 41/5 Charoen Nakhon Road Khlong San Bangkok, Thailand 10600
Coordinates GPS : 13 ° 43 ‘46.15 “N 100 ° 30’ 39.95” E.
Opening hours : Mon – Sun: 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
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Talad Bang Nam Pheung

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This was our second time at Talad Nam Bang Nam Pheung as the first time I run out of battery and could only take three photos (note to myself: make sure your battery is full). This market is located just south of central Bangkok in an area known as Phra Pradaeng, Bangkok’s green lung, it is a surprisingly untouched area still covered with vegetation despite being so close to the city.
It is only 20 minutes from our house by Express Way so it makes it easy, even to make a last minute decision. There are different entrances to the market depending on which direction you arrive.
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We arrived early in the morning and had breakfast, Thai coffee and chocolate cake for me, and noodles for the rest of the family. The chocolate cake sold at Little Ant is wonderful and I had been looking forward to it, not too sweet and only 35 baht a piece. We sat on the floor in the small tables provided looking at people walking by, a nice way of starting the day.

The market is surrounded by lush forest and tropical greenery. At some points the paths are elevated above water, it has a wonderful atmosphere that makes you feel that you are far away from the big city. This market is mainly visited by Thais, though I noticed some foreign tourists this time.
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You can find all kind of things to buy: becoming more popular are the cloths made of Thai traditional fabric (I did not see these last time). And what cannot miss is the food. There is so much food available. Gac fruit, which I had never seen before, is very popular at Bang Nam Pheung. Gac fruit juice is also for sale.spanish avarcas menorquinas
For me, one of the highlights of the market is the old traditional wooden house where you can get traditional sweets and drinks. It is a beautiful place, nicely decorated surrounded by a garden, you can take a lot of interesting photos and sit and relax looking at people go by.
Other things you can do is have your fortune told, kids can do some painting or listen to the traditional folk music that some spontaneous artist provide at the back of the market surrounded by trees. spanish leather menorquins
And after wandering around it was time for lunch. We went back to where we had had breakfast in the morning and had some papaya salad, grilled chicken and satay, everything delicious and I have to say I was impressed with the service.
There is also small restaurant with a kind of a patio in the middle if you prefer not to sit on the floor.

We had a lot of fun, all of it will make a very enjoyable day for the whole family!
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LOCATION: Wat Bang Nam Pheung, Tambon Bang Namphueng, Phra Pradaeng District
Opening Hours: Saturday and Sunday from 8 am – 2 pm

Turtle temple: a relaxing morning in the old town

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We went to the turtle temple a quite Sunday morning to feed the turtles. Wat Prayoon, or Wat Rua Lek, the “turtle temple” lays quietly on the western bank of the Chao Praya. It was built during King Rama III’s reign.Spanish leather shoes menorquinas avarcas
The small gardens are beautifully landscaped with a pond that flows around a little hill housing spirit houses. The water is not very clear but the whole compound has a very relaxing atmosphere. Many turtles and large fish swim around; appearing at the surface when they feel that food might be on offer. There is a little kiosk where you can buy food for the turtles and the fish. Fish balls are on the menu, a long pointed stick is also provided, so just attach the fish balls to the stick, stand by the edge and before you know it’ll be gone.Spanish leather shoes avarcas menorquinas
The temple is on the Thonburi side, at the foot of Memorial Bridge (Saphan Phut) on the edge of the old Portuguese community (Kuthi Jeen). This was the area designated to Portuguese merchants and government officials during the Early Rattanakosin Period. A stroll around this Portuguese community makes for an interesting afternoon.
How to get there: The easiest way to get there take the river taxi and get off at Tha Saphan Pier, cross over the river on Memorial bridge and you will see the temple about 100 metres on the right hand side.
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A gem in Chinatown: Yaowarat Heritage Center

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The Yaowarat Heritage Centre is one of our favorite museums in Bangkok. It tells the history of the early Chinese immigrants who came to Bangkok, how they integrated into Thai society and how Bangkok Chinatown grew to be what it is today.
It is located on the second floor of the famous Wat Traimit Witthayaram.
First, visitors are introduced to history with a 3D video (in Thai or English), the story is set in a typical Chinese home and a grandfather tells his grandson about life in Yaowarat, how coolies lived in Thailand and all the opportunities their new homeland offered. The grandfather proudly recalls the Thai King’s visits to Chinatown.

Next the early history room tells the story of the migration story of the Chinese who settled in Bangkok and Thonburi.
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Visitors can experience the real journey of these immigrants as they go through a Chinese junk with all the good that were taken to Thailand from the motherland. The use audio and visual effects make it a very realistic experience. You really think that are in a real boat during a storm. After you exit the boat, you are in the harbor where there is a lot of activity and the vessels are unloaded.
Later on visitors can walk through narrow streets full of little shops and vendors.
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The next section features scaled models of scenes of life in the old days as well as a scaled model of Chinatown Bangkok. spanish leather shoes vintage
The hall of fame is dedicated to famous personalities who were and are an inspiration for the new generation.
The last hall presents Yaowarat nowdays. The present with all the activity and all the possibilities that China Town offers to the visitor.
The Yaowarat Heritage Centre is really worth a visit.
Yaowarat Chinatown Heritage Center is open Tuesday to Sunday, from 08:00-17:00. Admission is free for children up to eight-years-of age and 100B for others.
Phone: +66-2-623-3329
Fax: +66-2-623-1372
How to get there:By MRT: take the MRT to Hua Lamphong station, get out through exit 1. The temple is located about 200 meters along Traimit Road on the right hand side.
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