Bangkok – River Ride, Museum of Siam, Cabbages and Condoms

17 06 2009

We decided to visit this new Museum that was set up with an entirely new concept and identity – it was set up as a Discovery Museum and as a Plearning (Play+Learn) center.

I must say that I am just so impressed with the creativity that went into planning this museum.  If you think that museums are boring places with cobwebs in the corners, you MUST visit this one. The pictures will speak for themselves. 

We took a train down to Siam station, then changed lines to go to Saphan Taksin and walked over to the ferry terminal (Central Pier) to take the public ferry (orange flag) to pier 8. Sasha was quite happy, a far cry from last year when she was all tired out and irritated throughout the journey. She’s certainly grown in more ways than one 🙂

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Thais are very religious people. You’ll see people praying at shrines all over the country and the city.  Religion is a part of their lifestyle and culture.  I was just thinking that it would be marvelous if we Christians made Jesus Christ a part of our daily lives and remember God’s Word as part of our culture.

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Angie did the same thing this year – not long after this photo was taken, she fell asleep and slept almost throughout the ferry journey – terrible tourist!

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Joel went with us for this holiday and it was a good opportunity to get to know him better.

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Wat Arun, one of the older and more famous temples. I think that it has some resemblance to 

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This is so amazing. This barge is 4 “trains” long and is pulled by that small, tiny little tug boat!

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One of the drinks you should try is the freshly squeezed mandarin orange juice. They retail for 20 baht (about RM2) per bottle.

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We found some good food at this lane.  When you get off Pier 8, walk straight to the end, then turn right towards the temple (Wat Pho) and the Museum of Siam and you’ll see this lane somewhere on the right along that road.  Its the lane before this cafe called Rub Aroon.  We enjoyed the clear Thai hot soup (not Tom Yam), the papaya salad and the crispy fish salad.

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Crispy fish salad

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Another “must-eat” item is the fresh pineapple.  They look over ripe but they are not and they are SO VERY SWEET 🙂

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Anna didn’t have mango rice in Asia for 2 years (her friend, Amy, made some for her in the States) and made sure she had her fair share of it this trip

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Make sure you don’t get tricked by people standing around the Museum telling you that the museum is close for the day. They are tourist guides who will try to take you somewhere else to earn some money from unsuspecting tourists. Its the same at the Royal Palace too.

The next 20 pictures were taken at the Museum of Siam.

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This is why I say they are creative. There are lots of “hands-on” stuff to do at this museum. Its almost like the Singapore Science Centre.

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Mock up of a bar in the 60’s complete with the right kind of music from a juke box (no less), a bar counter, tables and chairs and a dance floor.

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The children pretending to be drunk (pity they only had Coca Cola bottles)

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From Left to Right: Angie, Anna, Andrea and Andy (he gets to have a mock up boyfriend!)

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This is a room with a big screen and some stations where you can leave your message and see it flashed on the screen.  Sasha is trying to touch her message (on the right)

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The cost is pretty cheap and they let us in as a student group although some of us can hardly be termed as students anymore 🙂

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After the museum, we went to this beautiful cafe next to the river for a cuppa and rest before some of them went home whilst the rest of us went on to MBK to look for a suit for Joel. He finally found a full wool suit and trouser set for 2800 Baht (about RM280) – a good bargain. A polyester suit set will cost about 2000 baht but it does look like a secondary school prefects’ uniform.

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Andy’s latte

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I was really glad to see that the tourism council is taking action to warn tourists of unscrupulous “guide” trying to take them for “cheap sales” of jewelry and supposedly authentic Thai silk. They will take you there free on a tuk tuk but you will be pressured to buy some stuff which are not particularly cheap.

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Andy with “Captain Condom” at Cabbages and Condoms, an interesting restaurant on Sukhumvit Soi 12

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Mr Ronaldo all dressed up in condoms!

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Cabbages and Condoms is a good place to eat because of the ambience and their cause.

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The food is however, catered for tourists and is not as authentic, in that its not so spicy

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18 07 2009
ivenxadytia

also happy to read-read blog
always successful

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