Coming from Australia, I spent the first days in Bangkok. Although Bangkok is a big city with a batch of traffic, it is besides a capture city .
Christmas lighting in presence of the ICONSIAM Shopping Center, which good opened in November 2018. It is the largest in Bangkok with over 500 shops and more than 100 restaurants .
Some bars on roof terraces offer capital views over the city and the Chao Phraya River .
Millenium Hilton Rooftop Bar
The watch from the Millenium Hilton Rooftop Bar
Sky Bar at the State Towers
But the best view is from the Sky Bar on the 63rd floor of the State Tower, which I visit every time I am in Bangkok. But in the future I won ’ t have a toast there anymore. The prices increased every class, but in the interim cocktail costs about THB 1 ’ 000 with taxes, which is about CHF/USD 30. That seems exaggerated to me. And I have enjoyed the scene many times already .
The view from the Sky Bar on the State Tower
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)
I ’ ve been to Bangkok countless times. Nevertheless I discover newfangled sights again and again. This fourth dimension I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art ( MOCA ). The museum comprises six floors and countless concern works of art. It is the consequence of three decades of collecting by the Thai Boonchai Bencharongkul, who is besides president of the board of directors of the mobile telephone ship’s company DTAC and is considered one of the richest man in Thailand. He supported many artists directly and financed their stays abroad so that they could broaden their horizons .
As this humble choice of exhibits shows, the museum is worth a chew the fat .
This is a section of a larger painting .
Ratchada Train Night Market
After the museum visit I spent the evening in the night market Ratchada Train Night Market, which is located at the metro place Cultural Centre. here, besides the common marketplace booths, there are besides stalls selling antiques and other objects from the past that are differently difficult to find. In addition, there are countless food stands. This one sold grilled insects. I have not tried them. late Thai bands played in some bars at the edge of the market .
After a few days in Bangkok I travelled to the Kao Yai area where I visited wineries .
Jim Thompson Farm
After spending the night at the Village Farm winery, the director suggested that I visit Jim Thompson Farm, 50 kilometer away, before returning to Bangkok. Since the grow entirely opens its doors to the populace for one calendar month from the beginning of December to the beginning of January, I didn ’ t want to miss this opportunity. I knew Jim Thompson from earlier trips to Thailand. He was an american who during World War II, as a member of the US Secret Service, worked for the liberation of Thailand from the japanese occupation and came to Thailand with the goal of the war. As a businessman he saw the potential of Thai silk and is now revered as the savior of the Thai silk industry during the 1950s and 60s. In the 60 ’ randomness he was one of the most celebrated Americans living in Asia. In 1967 he disappeared under cryptic circumstances during a walk in a mountain area in Malaysia .
In one part of the farm countless different flowers bloomed. This mental picture shows one of several fields .
hale structures were erected with grids overgrown with plants. One of these installations contained more than 30 different pumpkin species .
In the liveliness of Jim Thompson, the silk production from the caterpillar to the spin of the silk train of thought was besides presented .
Silkworms are the larva of the silkworm moth. They feed entirely on the leaves of the mulberry tree .
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Cooking the cocoons of the silkworms kills the silkworms before hatch .
Dried silk cocoons
The farm includes an idyllic river with historic buildings .
foster, a rice mill was shown in operation and activities of Thai rural life such as rice skin and fabric weave. Snack stands extend local specialties and in a market mansion pumpkins, herbal tea, noodles, T-shirts and a lot more were sold .
I liked the farm and was glad that I was made aware of this attraction .
On the same day I took the bus topology back to Bangkok. After a few more days in Bangkok I flew to the city of Udon Thani, 600 kilometer north of Bangkok, only 50 km from the lao margin .
In the center of Udon Thani there is a lake on which huge plastic ducks swim .
There I visited a colleague of a colleague who wanted to show me his raw house. Since many tourists visit Thailand over Christmas, I was glad to spend a few days here away from the hustle and bustle. Joe is a retire swiss who has been living in Thailand for a few years and has found a new love here after his divorce in Switzerland. actually he wanted to live in Tuscany after his retirement, but this was not potential with his state of matter pension, the swiss AHV ( Old Age and Survivors Insurance ). besides in expensive Switzerland, he could only have led a very humble life. In Thailand his pension is adequate for a middle-class life. With the pension fund money paid out ( which he and his employers had financed in the course of his working life ) he was able to build himself a family in the countryside and build up reserves for unscheduled expenditures. Like all foreigners with a Thai partner, he supports his girlfriend adenine well as her children and the syndicate. School fees or a motorbike for his girlfriend ’ randomness daughter are some of the expenses, so that at the end of the month nothing remains of the pension. Foreigners can not own land in Thailand, so the land constantly belongs to the Thai collaborator. That ’ south why Joe ’ s girlfriend owns a house in the city center of Udon Thani, which her swiss ex-husband paid for. now she besides owns the land bought by Joe and the newly built house. A german friend of Joe ’ mho, to whom we were invited for dinner, has signed an extendible 20-year rent with his Thai girlfriend for the domain and house he bought in her name, thus that he can stay in the house until his end even in the consequence of a separation. unfortunately, only a few expatriates do this, so that many Westerners are no long entitled to the common house and farming after a separation .
An excursion led us to the province Loei, where we visited the winery Chateau Loei ( in the lower function of the web site ). The province Loei is a sparsely populate, mountainous state in the northeasterly of Thailand at the border to Laos. Thanks to the elevation of several hundred meters above sea level, the temperatures here are pleasant .
On the way we stopped at a restaurant with a retroflex London bus bus .
Joe, his girlfriend Ta and me
This discarded bus was besides on the premises of the restaurant .
In the far north of the state is the small township of Chiang Khan on the Mekong River. It is known for its traditional wooden houses. The other side of the river is already lao district .
Phu Phrabat Historical Park
On another day we visited the Phu Phrabat Historical Park 85 kilometer from Udon Thani. It is a mystic area with massive boulders that have been eroded to varying degrees due to the different resistance of the rock layers. The rocks were formed about 15 million years ago as character of the ocean floor .
The people of that time considered this extraordinary area sacred, so they built Buddhist and Hindu shrines in the rock formations .
In respective places there are over 6 ’ 000 years old rock paintings.
It was interesting to get to know the life of a swiss pensioner in Thailand .
future I traveled to Cambodia .