Bangkok, Not So Dangerous – Continued…

by brian on November 14, 2008

In my last post I set the stage for my first day in Bangkok.

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So I’m on the boat. I paid 1500 baht ($43US) for a boat to take me up and down the river. The kicker – I was the only one in the boat, there was no tour guide and it made only one stop. Wow!

See only me. Told you.

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As you’re floating up the river, women in other boats come by and sells you snacks, drinks, and gifts. Kay, if you’re reading this you got something off a river in Thailand. Don’t you feel special?

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She has the full compliment of stuff to sell to sucke…ummm…I mean tourists like me.

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First stop for the boat was a Snake and Animal farm along the river. The snake show was up close and personal. I was the only brave…or foolish one to sit in the front row. What a bunch of sissies. What can snakes do besides bite you, delivering a deadly dose of venom that will kill within minutes. I mean c’mon really!

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Showing the fangs.

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Instantly recognized by the hood. It’s the king cobra making an appearance.

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It take 4 guys to hold this massive python to show its length.

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A baby chimp in diaper in playtime. They had assorted other animals but you could not get clear shots because they were all behind metal enclosures.

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The same python we saw earlier. Now around my neck!

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You really could not get great shots of the animals, but I managed one of this humongous alligator. No name for the gator, but reportedly eats everything.

After the day’s boat trip, my roommates and I head to a festival called Loy Kratong or “Festival of Light”. It is celebrated on the first full moon of the twelfth lunar month. For Thailand, that would be November.

Lights floating on the water are amazingly wonderful to see.

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Somebody tell this kid to get out of this water. That is not the lighting, the color of this water and all the water I have seen around Bangkok can only described as ‘chocolate brown’.

I can’t imagine this is healthy for swimming, but here he is and others not pictured.

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Anonymous January 16, 2009 at 2:54 PM

Hey Brian-

OK, I’m really late, but you know as one of your only classmates that is a veterinarian, I have to correct you! The small primate that you refered to as a chimp, is actually a Siamang. A very cool picture of a very cool lesser ape…I’m an animal nerd, sorry! LOL! Lauren Davidson

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Bangkok Hotels September 18, 2009 at 6:26 AM

I have ever go to floating market since April 2009. I have found and tasted many kind of thai fruits such as mango, durian,rambotan,pomalo,coconut. Morover i have seen thai villagers and leraned to their simply life. And your traveling blog have make me remind to floating market. Thank you for sharing your story….

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