Bangkok a city in magical Thailand.

Mesmeric Bangkok in beautiful Thailand a magical experience.

From Cork in Ireland, to Heathrow in London and from there to Mumbai in India and finally about to land in mesmeric Bangkok in beautiful Thailand. As the plane descends from high altitude and after many, many hours of flying. I glance out of the window as we approach the Bangkok airport. Scattered islands surrounded by the sea, beautiful trees and soft green paddy fields crisscrossed by canals and I knew I was going to love my first journey into the East. Mesmeric.

The puff of smoke as the aircraft’s wheels touch the runway, the sigh of relief to be on the ground again.The fierce braking and the shuddering deceleration. Then the slow glide into the terminal. I was spellbound at the majesty of it, so beautiful and a very impressive piece of architecture . Once collecting our baggage and passing through customs, just seconds before exiting the terminal I happened to catch the eye of an immaculately attired Thai gentleman who was to well mannered to try and hinder us. I stopped the wife who was miles ahead of me, as they have a tendency to do, with a bellowed,” hey wait.” Little did either of us know but we were about to encounter a magical experience in mesmeric Bangkok and magical Thailand.

Getting sorted in magical Bangkok.

Once through customs my personal need for a cigarette, had reached awesome proportions. Luckily smokers are catered for in this great place, albeit in separate smokers only rooms, thanks be to God. A fine bunch of people are smokers, but that is only my opinion, fortified by most of these heavily compromised people. I got in a quick two and in fine fettle once again went to catch up with the wife who was shaking her head and muttering about that ghastly habit. Never fear, I’m used to it.

Trudge, trudge, trudge, the endless walk, dicing with the luggage and when will it ever end. I never ever realised that Bangkok was such a major airport and city. How little did I know. Stopping for a quick chat the wife asked me what I thought of the women? I said I hadn’t noticed (wink). To which she replied, “but they are so petite and beautiful.” “Well they would load the gateway to Thailand with a bunch of stunners,” was my reply.

So back to the immaculately attired Thai gentleman. He asked,”where are you going?” So we gave him the name of a hotel which somebody had given us but which we were not booked into. “Whooo-eee, impossible to find accommodation in Thailand, this time of the year.”Seeing both our faces drop. ” Lets see what I can do.”A quick clap clap of his hands and somebody was onto our luggage. ” No worries, relax, is safe, he look after it for you.”

Jabbering away on his cellphone, he then put it away and began organising our trip. Hotel, taxi, travel agent and guided tour of Bangok, all paid for then and there. Please sit down and have some tea while you await your taxi. It came, a Mercedes and we were whisked of to the hotel. I’m so pleased we met this gentleman and more importantly, to be so spoiled and to witness manners at their best. I knew again, I was going to enjoy my time here.

The taxi ride to the hotel.

Nightmarish traffic in Bangkok.

Bangkok hotel swimming pool
Photo is our view from our hotel room, once we finally got there and is also the breakfast patio, beautiful. Now it becomes exceedingly difficult to describe traffic in Bangkok. It’s late evening and the sun is going down and to me it’s sultry. We are starry eyed tourists and the American influence in concrete highways and over-ways is strong. It’s not that one is scared, it’s more bewildered. Apparently men have great spatial vision and women have great peripheral vision. Having said that, when your driver is moving from the far right lane, across three other lanes to get to the left entering spaces between cars that I wouldn’t be able to get a bicycle into. It’s mind blowing. Moreover, once there,he then decides to do the opposite and return to the right lane. So is every other car on the highway, a type of back and forth dance. In amongst all this, are the motorbikes and scooters playing exactly the same game. Now this can consist of a male driver, two small kids on the petrol tank and the wife, often sitting side saddle on the pillion seat. Nary a helmet in sight apart from some youngster by himself, speeding along. Fascinating.Using this system we managed to bypass every tollgate (just don’t tell the government) and naturally it took a bit more time. It seems that penny-pinching is now a worldwide phenomenon. By the time we reached the hotel I was in need of a stiff drink and so was the wife.Once there, the smiling porters and the American influence. I did mention that this was already paid for, but now, here a baht, there a baht, everywhere a baht, baht. I happily did this. Fascinating.
A continuation of our latest trip around Thailand and Bangkok. A mesmerising experience for us. After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast at the hotel, albeit still suffering from jet lag we were ready for the next part and our first day in Bangkok. Coming from Ireland and having lived there for the last ten years, although we are originally from a hot climate no doubt we had become acclimatised and consequently even though it was only ten in the morning, already it was hot. Not by Thai standards however as although it was December, they consider this to be still winter. Summer has temperatures in the high 40’s and that is hot.
The travel agent we bumped into at the airport, had arranged for us to take a quick guided tour around Bangkok and right on time our guide arrived with taxi driver in tow and here is what we did.

First stop on guided tour of Bangkok.

RTS travel agency.

Ko Phi Phi
Seeing as the people who helped us out at the airport were the same company, our first stop was at their travel agency, to arrange the rest of our trip in Thailand. We had plans to go to the south of Thailand and spend some time there on a beach. There is nothing I love more.
Once again we experienced magical Thai manners beginning with our tour guide who explained to us prominent parts of Thailand including the King’s palace. Very knowledgeable she was to, being a lawyer who was taking a sabbatical to try something new and different. So in typical Bangkok traffic we arrived at the travel agency and once more I was spellbound by their courtesy and smiling, informed service.
When my wife informed them we were thinking of going to Ko Phi Phi. It began again,“whooee, very difficult to find accommodation in Phi Phi this time of year. Let’s see what we can do.” I had to start smiling and before I knew it tea and water were being offered and our trip was being assembled, including taxi drive to airport, another awaiting taxi in Phuket to take us to the ferry terminal, tickets for the ferry and our accommodation. Each particular part sealed in an envelope and numbered so we wouldn’t mix them up and easy to find. The same for our return journey. Amazing.
In amongst all this we were chatting about where we came from and also having some good laughs. I loved it, it was so enthralling to be spoilt again. I mean really spoiled.

Not officially part of our Bangkok tour.

Stop two. James fashion Bangkok.

This was not part of our tour but we had managed to sweet talk our guide into taking us there. The reason being our son had been there a year earlier and had a suit hand made and tailored for him. My wedding suit which still fitted me 17 years after our marriage had been stolen when our house was burgled in Zimbabwe and I had never bought another. It was about time so we just wanted to case it out and I’m glad we did.
Once again, typical Thai service. I think we must have got the best salesperson there, as we went in to get one suit and came out with two, plus a knee length coat for me and one for the wife. According to the salesperson, they had huge discounts if we did it this way. Also included in this were two shirts and ties. The suits, shirts,coats were all made from material of your own selection and a wide choice there was.Late evening we went back for fittings and then everything was hand delivered to our hotel room at 12:30 that night. Moreover all our travelling to and from James fashion was free, courtesy of his fleet of min-vans. Once again a memorable experience.

Third stop on our tour of Bangkok.

The Temple of the reclining Buddha.

Temple of reclining Buddha
In fine fettle after our James fashion encounter our next stop was the temple of the reclining Buddha. All in all it comprises about the size of a city block. The first question our guide asked me was, ” what is your birth day?” So I replied,“the twentieth.” Horrified, she said we had to know which day as it was extremely important. According to their beliefs, you get given a colour depending on which day of the week you are born on. Which is why all the yellow flags we had been seeing were a tribute to the King who had has his birthday a few days before we arrived. As already mentioned, she was very knowledgeable and very religious. She filled us in on a lot of their beliefs which were fascinating.
Prior to entering the temple we had to remove our shoes and whilst doing this I said with twinkling turquoise eyes,“but I have smelly socks.” She gave me a thoroughly bewildered look and a shake of her head. Exasperated, my wife said,“just ignore him.” Whereupon the guide beamed me a radiant smile and said,“smelly socks is OK but no shoes.”Ah, when Irish eyes are smiling, sure the whole world smiles with you.
Apparently Buddha has many different poses and in each one he is contemplating something different. As best my memory serves, here he is resting or reclining. It was a fascinating experience and a lovely temple with beautiful tapestries and each one tells a story along the lines of a sort of bible in pictures. Once again we got lucky here as later on in our tour here I managed to get a photo of all the monks coming into the complex from their monastery. Beautiful.

My photo’s of the temple of the reclining Buddha.

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Fourth stop on our tour of Bangkok.

Dragon boat ride through the river people.

dragon boat ride
This was a lovely way to cool down in the heat of the afternoon. The dragon boat consists of wood and a mounted diesel engine on the back with a long pole leading down from this to the propeller and the pilot steers it as such. They also have a canopy overhead to protect you from the heat and wooden seats normally with a cushion on them. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours seeing Bangkok from the river and seeing how people live right on top of the river. You might be surprised to know that these houses have electricity and satellite dishes on many of them.
Our first stop here was another Buddhist temple. Because the monks believe in the sanctity of all life, no fishing is allowed outside of any of these temples. So we bought some bread from them and started feeding the fish. At first I thought our guide was pulling my leg, but once I had tossed the first piece of bread overboard, a seething mass of fish appeared, so many that they caused their own waves and whirlpools. Fascinating and another magical experience. I’m going to show it all to you again in pictures because that is the format I prefer using best.

The dragon boat experience in Bangkok in photo’s.

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About spookmoor

I'm a 61 year old happily married man with three grown up children. I lost all my hearing as an eighteen year old whilst doing National Service and then had a Cochlear Ear Implant twenty years later. I love trying to explain these things to people and bits about my life. I never thought so at the time, but it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Thus one gets Random ramblings from a man who has seen a lot with a touch of humour underlying all.
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19 Responses to Bangkok a city in magical Thailand.

  1. I have never been to Bangkok, but have had several trips to Singapore and I must admit I really love that part of the world and if I were to die there (in the arms of one of their fascinatingly pretty ladies), I would do so happy.

  2. margie kirby says:

    Where is the rest Spook? I am so enjoying reading all about your trip. I went to Thailand around 2005. My one daughter owned a condo in Pataya. She took me everywhere..it was not only fascinating but beautiful. Yes the Thai people are well mannered and very heloful.

  3. Louise says:

    Evokes lots of memories of our trips to Phuket, Spook…………love the Thai people and the way of living there as a tourist. And, it’s so cheap too!

    • spookmoor says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more Louise and thank you. I also used to have one on KoPhi Phi but sent it to TA and never saw it again even after I got hold of them.

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