The Chao Phrayais the major river in Thailand, with its low alluvial plain forming the centre of the country. It flows through Bangkok and then into the Gulf of Thailand.
I hope you enjoy this time lapse of the Chao Phraya river at night:
Here is the daytime time lapse view:
The Chao Phraya constitues a valuable waterway for the transport of the nation’s traditional exports of teak and rice south to Bangkok , though less bulky commodities are now moved overland by road or rail. For centuries the Thai’s have made use of the Chao Phraya, and particularly its canal (khlong) system, for drainage, recreation, and fishing and as a source of water.
The river’s headwaters—the Ping, Wang, Yom, and Nan rivers—rise in the mountains of northern Thailand. At Nakhon Sawan, 140 miles north of Bangkok, the main river begins with the Ping-Nan confluence. Its tortuous course flows past Chai Nat (site of a government dam and irrigation scheme), Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Nonthaburi, and Bangkok to its mouth at Samut Prakan. From its formation at Nakhon Sawan, the river falls less than 80 feet (24 m) in its journey to the sea.
The Chao Phraya system drains 61,807 square miles (160,079 square km) and is the basis of several major irrigation projects. The river’s basin is a low, filled arm of the Gulf of Thailand that is seamed with numerous distributaries. Near Chai Nat a distributary—the Nakhon Chai Si River—branches to the west and parallels the mother stream to the gulf at Samut Sakhon, 25 miles (40 km) west of the main mouth. The main stream bifurcates and reunites several times. Below Chai Nat, the Noi River branches westward and rejoins the Chao Phraya at Sam Khok. The Lop Buri River branches eastward and, before returning to the main stream, flows past the cities of Lop Buri and Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya; at the latter, it receives a great eastern tributary—the Pa Sak River—from the Phetchabun Mountains of the northeast.
Four weeks ago to the day, I arrived at Kiatphontip, Bangkok with the aim of losing 25kg from my starting weight of 95kg. I did not set any milestones, so this actually just happened…..in hindsight I should have set some milestones, but I am happy with my progress and today I weighed in at 84.9 kg, that is a loss of 10 kg in four weeks!
I have been very careful about what I eat and am very fortunate that Noona the amazing chef at the gym cooks very clean and healthy food. Many people who know me, know that I have a sweet tooth, luckily for me the fruit, especially watermelon and pineapple quench the need for sweets.
The next four weeks I have set a milestone of losing another 10kg, this is where my training will have to be more intense!
Please keep following for more progress updates…..
For visitors seeking the ultimate thrill and having a ‘God’s view’ of the beautiful city and busy streets in Bangkok, I recommend a visit to King Power MahaNakhon Tower in Silom/Sathon central business district of Bangkok. 314 metres above the streets of Bangkok, this building has an awesome ‘skywalk.’ Also, a two-tiered observation tower which hosts Bangkok’s highest rooftop bar.
Taking the glass encased elevator to the 78th floor and you are presented with amazing views.
Here is a link, where you can book tickets for this impressive building:
For those readers who are actually wondering if I am training or not, here is a video from one round with Kru (teacher) Pit:
Mr Pit (fight name Sorapit Fairtex), is the most experienced trainer and one of the longest serving trainers of the Kiatphontip gym. He has a wealth of Muay Thai knowledge and he is an excellent teacher. His prior experience has been at Kiatsongrit camp for 17 years where he trained Changpuek Kiatsongrit, Nokweed Devy and his brothers Paidang and Santos, among many other fighters who he has helped on their fighting career.
I am very blessed that each training session, Kru Pit is holding the pads for me, the way he teaches is just fantastic. If he sees I am all tensed up, he will just start dancing to the music and get me to dance as well!!
If you get a chance please do come and train with Kru Pit. A post of the gym and facilities is coming soon!!
When traveling I love to blend in with the locals, so carrying big cameras and looking like a tourist is not what I am about.
As a ‘local’ you manage to get some great deals. For example, a taxi to the mall from the gym is usually around 80 Thai Baht each way (at the time of writing, that is £2 GBP each way, which can quickly add up!)
After some enquiries, I was informed of a free bus that goes from Mahidol university, Salaya to Central Salaya (mall.) As soon as I heard about this saving, I was like a kid in a sweet shop……VERY EXCITED, it had made my day!
Love to hear what great tips for saving on holiday you have made…..
One of my favourite pastimes whilst here is to walk to the ‘yellow market.’ I just adore seeing the various kinds of fruits and vegetables. The meat, fish and eels are a sight to be seen! Today, there were many more stalls because of the forthcoming Chinese New Year
I hope you enjoy the video and would love to have your comments, at the moment I am learning new techniques for taking and editing videos, so all comments gratefully received.
Hi, thanks for visiting my blog, feel free and have a look around.Here is a bit about me, as you may or may not have guessed my name is Mandeep,I work to travel as opposed to work to pay bills and die!Every trip for me is an adventure, I have been very fortunate to stumble across amazing places and meet awesome people along the way.
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