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5 areas in KL that needs to be rejuvenated.

Posted in Wonders and Places on March 19, 2018 by vincentloy

Kuala Lumpur is a beautiful city. It has soaring skyscrapers, bustling malls, happening streets, beautiful parks and interconnected public transport system. It also has one of the most beautiful and recognizable skylines in the world, mostly due to the majestic Petronas Twin Towers. However, there are much more that can be done to improve the city and to further place it into international sight. I have been living in KL for over 20 years and I can see huge potential for the city to turn from a typical unknown South East Asian city into a developed world-class destination. Here are the 5 areas in KL that needs to be rejuvenated. The areas here refer not only to a place but also to element and this list is driven more towards architectural perspective rather than conventional issues like transportation system and network, etc. KL can learn a lot from other cities across the world or even set its own trend.

Backlanes

Most backlanes in KL (typically lane between two rear side of shops) are in horrible condition. Clogged drain, rubbish scattered everywhere, rats running around, wastewater dripping and unlit in the evening are some of the characteristics of a typical backlane in the city. I am delighted by the authority’s action reported in news recently that they are planning to turn some of these backlanes into a cleaner and vibrant place for the community by painting the pavement and walls, and installing some facilities and public furniture. This approach needs to be done not only to some (touristy) places but to as many as possible. Why not we turn our backlanes into those lively ones as seen in cities like Melbourne?

Riversides

We have rivers running through the city but they are not well taken care enough. Recent effort to clean the river and beautify its surrounding is applauded (the River of Life project). However, I find that the river is still not clean enough (people here still like to throw things onto the river and vandalize the riverside), not accessible (people are still at a distance away from it without any opportunity for passer-by to truly appreciate and admire the nature) and the beautified riverside area along Masjid Jamek is not popular as intended. More shelters and natural air-cooling strategy are needed to provide visitors with a comfy walk in this hot Malaysian weather. We can really learn a lot from projects like Cheonggyecheon stream in Seoul, South Korea.

Shophouses

Many shophouses in KL are either abandoned or in dilapidated condition. The shophouses are considered architectural treasure to the city and they carries huge historical significance. Rather than forgetting them (or just demolishing them to make way for future developments), I can see huge potential in giving new life to these shophouses by transforming them into small hotels, boutique, cafes, museum, gallery, etc through adaptive reuse. Seeing them in poor condition as seen in most parts of KL especially at the Chinatown area is an eye-sore. A lot of adaptive reuse projects in Penang and Singapore can be used as reference in this case.

Towers’ facade

When you are viewing the city skyline during the day, you will be amazed by the huge number of sksycrapers in the city. However, as the sun sets and the evening comes, you hardly notice any buildings at the same place. Why is that so? Besides than the Petronas Twin Towers and KL Tower, there are only very few other buildings that will lit up in the evening, giving illusion to us that they are all gone. The skyline disappeared in the evening with only the brightly lit twin towers visible. KL can learn from Hong Kong or even other cities in China on how to further enhance a city skyline through lighting. Hong Kong’s daily city light show is a good example. Although this action seems to be wasting more electricity, but it is indeed an effective way to give a ‘wow’ impression to tourists, further enhance buildings’ aesthetic and reinforcing the sign that KL is a city that never sleeps.

Public housing flats

Before my grandma passed away, I used to visit her at least once a week in a public housing flat where she stayed. I was disgusted by frequently malfunctioning elevators, smell of urine in the elevators, and filthy corridors. The flats are perfect setting for horror movies too. When I first visit Singapore several years ago, I was in awe after seeing that all the public housing flats in Singapore are so well maintained, clean, organized and look new. Why can’t our flats here in Malaysia be like them? Simple action such as repainting the walls, proper maintenance and tightening security are sufficient enough to make a huge leap from our present public housing state. They are inevitably part of our city and should be given attention too although they only caters to mostly low-income residents. City is not only for high-class citizens with all those towering glass skyscrapers, but also should be a vibrant community setting for people of all other classes. The city can also look into building public housing flats with beautiful architecture like what Singapore has achieved from their award-winning Pinnacle @ Duxton.

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9 days 7 nights Chinese New Year 2018 trip to Zhangjiajie, China

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2018 by vincentloy

I’m back to Malaysia after a lengthy holiday trip to Zhangjiajie, China with my parents during this year’s Chinese New Year festival. Today is already the 7th day of lunar new year and the CNY mood is no longer here. We went to the airport on 14th February for the trip and have returned this morning on 22nd February. So, that’s equivalent to 9 days and 7 nights. I have a wonderful time during the trip (visiting all the beautiful attractions in Zhangjiajie but disappointed by heavy mist that makes it impossible for us to view them clearly and take pictures, not falling ill at all in the whole trip and that’s quite a miracle, meeting awesome people in the tour group).

My advice to the people who are interested to visit Zhangjiajie in the future; avoid visiting the place in winter (like what we did). The mountains are all covered with thick mist and you hardly see anything. Frequent rain also hinder an anticipating wonderful experience visiting these attractions. Also avoid travelling during the busy Chinese New Year period (like what we did) as the crowd is super huge and unbearable at these tourist destinations. We wasted a lot of time just by queuing (or more accurately; squeezing) and in long bus journeys. Nevertheless, we still managed to see some beautiful places and had great time over there. The attractions are all marvelous and interesting. This trip is mostly viewing the natural landmarks, and I have to admit that I’m a bit bored after seeing similar stuff (rocks, mountains, rivers and cliffs again and again) in the later days of the trip.

This is my 4th time visiting China (had been to Hong Kong & Shenzhen in 2006, Beijing & Tianjin in 2009, and Yunnan in 2014). The public toilets are still poorly maintained (very smelly and dirty) while the mainland Chinese are mostly still having some discipline issues (cutting queue, behaving inappropriately, spitting everywhere, etc). These are what you will still experience when visiting China despite the huge growth the country has been seeing in recent decades. And one more thing; when you are going to China in a tour group, it is compulsory to visit some shopping stops (we covered tea, silk, foot massage and body health, and latex mattress).

Here are some of the pictures I have taken during the trip. Besides visiting Zhangjiajie, we also visited Changsha and Fenghuang (all in Hunan province):

Changsha Poetry Wall

Phoenix Ancient Town – highlight: stilted wooden buildings along a river, some famous buildings around here include Xiong Xiling (first Prime Minister of China) and Shen Congwen (famous Chinese writer) Former Residences.

Tianmen Mountain National Park – highlight: world’s longest cableway to reach the mountains, has glass walkway hanging over by the cliff, Tianmen Cave with 999 steps (closed during winter due to slippery steps).

Yuanjiajie Scenic Area – highlight: ‘Avatar’-like mountains, ‘First Bridge in the World’ (natural formation) – cannot see it at all due to misty weather, Bailong elevator – world’s highest outdoor elevator.

Zhangjiajie National Park – highlight: Ten-Mile Natural Gallery (seeing rock formations again).

Baofeng Lake

Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon – highlight: Glass bridge (once the world’s longest glass-floor bridge).

Xibu Street

Charm Xiang Xi Cultural Show

Hunan Embroidery Hall

Tujia Sand Painting Gallery

Jiandu Museum, Changsha – highlight: collection of historical bamboo slips and wooden tablets dating back more than a thousand years ago.

Huangxing Street, Changsha – highlight: main shopping and entertainment district in Changsha, the 452 metres tall Changsha IFS Tower (tallest in the city, construction almost completed and had topped out, same height with KL’s Petronas Twin Towers) is near here.

That’s it for the highlight of my trip. Time for a rest at home after this exhausting yet wonderful trip (totally had a different experience here – visiting the attractions in Zhangjiajie on busy season is like being in a state of a running refugee).

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New Year 2018 fireworks from across the world!

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2018 by vincentloy

Happy New Year once again!

I went to KLCC yesterday to join in the countdown and watch the fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. As expected, the area is very crowded as KLCC is the biggest venue for new year countdown every year in Malaysia. I think there is around 300 000. Try to imagine that you are one of the 300 000 and you are surrounded by all the people, all the noises and all the chaos. Well, it is still a one great experience to be able to observe such happening atmosphere and celebrating the arrival of new year with so many people including both locals and the foreign tourists. While others were busy blowing the horns or cheering, I was concentrating on looking up to admire the beauty of the Petronas Twin Towers in the evening. I won’t be bored seeing the towers all these years.

Here’s the video that I captured during the countdown to usher in year 2018 and the fireworks display from the KLCC Park. It is about 10-minutes long.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

It took almost an hour for most of the crowd to disperse and leave the area after the fireworks. Traffic congestion stayed for another two hours. That was insane. I was only able to reach home at around 2.30am and sleep at 3.00am. Although it was a cool experience, but I don’t think I will be joining countdown anytime soon again.

Alright, here comes the much more better new year 2018 fireworks displays from other parts of the world:

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – there is no fireworks this year at the Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building), and it is replaced with a spectacular light show instead.

Taipei, Taiwan – usual fireworks display from Taipei 101 with visual projection on the building.

Hong Kong, China – fireworks display from the Victoria Harbour with the breathtaking city skyline as the backdrop.

Sydney, Australia – one of the biggest new year events in the world with massive fireworks display from the Sydney Harbour and the bridge. The fireworks in Sydney never disappoints.

London, United Kingdom – fireworks display from the London Eye ferris wheel.

That’s it for the fireworks’ videos. Have an awesome year!

(All videos from this post are from YouTube and they are not of my possession except the first one)

 

 

A quick trip to Sekinchan.

Posted in Wonders and Places on December 11, 2017 by vincentloy

Sekinchan is a rural area not far from Kuala Lumpur (around 2 hours drive from the city) that is famous for its beautiful paddy fields. My eldest sister decided to visit this place with her family together with my aunt’s family the past weekend. I joined in at a very last minute’s decision. This is my second quick trip after I came back from Australia late last month. The first one was on last week when I went to A Famosa Resort in Malacca (I wrote about that trip in my previous post too). It’s great for an urban people like me to return to rural area once in a while to experience something different and be closer to nature.

Before highlighting the places that we went to during the trip, I must first write about the place that we were staying for a night during the trip. We stayed in Farm Ville Cafe & Homestay. It is a small homestay comprising of few reused containers and the place is facing a large paddy field for exceptional scenery. The price is also quite affordable. This is the first time I’m staying in a container-themed hotel. It was a cool experience although I have to admit that there are some disadvantages such as noise that can easily transmit between containers, lack of covered walkways, and security concern. The homestay has a kids’ pool, cafe, trampoline, bicycle facilities, etc.

The main places that we have visited in this trip are;

Redang Beach (well, this is not in Redang Island but in Sekinchan. This place had been the setting for a Hong Kong drama few years ago that starred Ruco Chan and Rosina Lam…I forgot the drama’s title.)

Sekinchan 3D Art Gallery (small and the displayed arts are not world-class but still a fun place especially for kids)

Sekinchan Rice Processing Factory (a huge factory with gallery explaining the process of creating rice and history of the town)

Firefly Park Resort (this is in Kuala Selangor which is just 30 minutes drive from Sekinchan. Had the opportunity to view the fireflies in the dark on a boat. The last time I had been here doing this was about 2 decades ago when I was just a small kid. Very hard to capture the moment in pictures.)

Sekinchan is a nice place to visit. While the food here are cheap (even seafood too), the entrance fees to the attractions here are a bit costly. I certainly felt overcharged. These kind of places are not that popular in the past. However, in recent years, a lot of tourists flock to these areas as they are not that far from city and they are great spot for quick getaway during normal weekends.

A good day to walk in the city…and a visit to Heath Ledger Exhibition

Posted in Wonders and Places on November 20, 2017 by vincentloy

It’s a sunny day today, which is great for a walk in the city after a lunch with a friend. Weather is not too hot in recent days compared to last week when temperature rises to above 30 degree celsius. I have all the time now to tour the city before returning to Malaysia end of this month. I have not visited the city for quite some time (few months) and there are some noticeable differences (new Christmas decorations all around the city, construction progress going fast at the Elizabeth Quay area and at the Perth Busport area, etc) now. Having dim sum for lunch is one of the best things to do in Perth as many Chinese restaurants in the city offer great and delicious dim sum (definitely better than Malaysia ones).

I went to the WA Art Gallery after the lunch to visit the Heath Ledger Exhibition (Life in Pictures). It is free and is held in the art gallery for few months before concluding at the end of January next year. Heath Ledger is one of the actors that I admire due to his acting talent and dedication. He is Perth born and is famous for portraying the Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’ film. His amazing performance in that film won him Best Supporting Actor (posthumously) in major film awards including the Academy Award. Unfortunately, he passed away not long after filming that movie due to accidental intoxication from prescription drugs at the age of only 28. What a huge loss to the movie industry. He is no doubt the most famous Hollywood actor that comes from Perth. There is even a state theatre in Perth that is named after him.

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The exhibition displayed his photographs, the movie sets that he has used before including the famous Joker costumes and shirts from the movie ‘Brokeback Mountain’, his major award trophies (Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, etc), his research journal on some acting roles, his film performances, etc. This exhibition is a simple yet great platform for visitors to get to know more about this extraordinary actor.

I also visited some of the other exhibitions held in the art gallery although I do spent only a short period of time there as I’m not the person who knew how to appreciate or understand arts. I walked around in the city and at the Elizabeth Quay to enjoy the view of the city and the Swan River before heading back home. What a pleasant day…

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First time to the Premium Outlet in Genting Highlands.

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2017 by vincentloy

The Genting Highlands Premium Outlet has opened its door for a month and yesterday is the first time I paid a visit to the outlet. With only about a month staying in Malaysia before flying back to Australia, I pick last weekend as the time for me to go up to Genting for at least once. I treat it as a short getaway to catch the colder air on the resort up on the hills.

The last time I went to Genting was in the past January. That was just 6 months ago. When I went up this time, I’m lost in direction. The whole First World Plaza is now closed and is replaced with the new Sky Avenue Mall. The mall is partially open when I visit in the last January. Some areas in the mall now are still empty and unfinished. The former casino in the First World Hotel’s building has also moved to a much more grand setting in the Sky Avenue Mall. It is now re-branded as ‘Sky Casino’.

That is the place where I lost RM500 on the roulette game on last Saturday’s evening. That was after a not-so-good meal in Madam Kwan’s Restaurant. The food served there are too sweet (the chef love to pour a lot of sugar into the dishes), the quantity are small and the price are unreasonable. Me and my parents moved to the other casino in the Genting Hotel on midnight to try our luck but we lost again. Another RM300 gone from my wallet. Hmm…I will take it as a charity donation to Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay to further develop the resort. View from the hotel room below:

So, we ended up not going into the casino anymore on Sunday on fear of losing more money. We instead had an awesome lunch at Din Tai Fung Restaurant. The food is delicious, the service is excellent, the price is reasonable, and the quality of every aspects are magnificent. Everything is great. Highly recommended place to have a nice meal. After the lunch, we took the new Awana Skyway (RM8 for a person) cable car ride down to the Premium Outlet as mentioned earlier. From there, we get to see some amazing views of the surrounding (the resort, the Chin Swee Temple, Awana Resorts, Gohtong Jaya, the Premium Outlet, and the hills).

From the ride, we also noticed that the construction of the 20th Century Fox World Outdoor Theme Park is super slow. There are still a lot to be done and I think it is highly likely that the opening for the theme park will be delayed again to possibly end of 2018.  Okay…back to the premium outlet. It is the second outlet of its kind in Malaysia (first one is in Johor). It is just an outdoor mall with famous branded stores selling slightly cheaper stuff. There are a lot of people there because it is still new. I won’t go there often if I have been there once.

On our way back home, we stopped by at the Chin Swee Temple for a short visit. The last time I visited the temple was way back many years ago when I was still a teenager. There are many new stuff (new plaza with Genting founder Tan Sri Lim Goh Tong’s statue, new sculptures depicting Chinese legends or beliefs, new vegetarian restaurant and observation tower building, etc) or things to visit and discover in the temple complex now. It also manages to attract a lot of foreign tourists. I’m tired during the visit and so I didn’t climb the pagoda tower. I always climb the tower every time I visit the temple in the past. Not this time.

That’s the end of our short trip up at Genting. Very ‘costly’ (due to gambling…haha) but rewarding in other sense that I got to visit new places this time. In the past, it is always the same for every corners in this mountain resort that has been here for like 50 years. It’s good news that the resort is now evolving to stay relevant and to continuously attract more visitors.

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5 days 4 nights trip to Bangkok & Hua Hin, Thailand for the Raya 2017 holiday

Posted in Wonders and Places with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2017 by vincentloy

I’m back. I have just returned to Malaysia last night from Thailand with my parents. Good time passed very quickly. My 5 days 4 nights vacation to Bangkok and Hua Hin in Thailand ended, and the Raya holiday as well (except for school children that gets to enjoy one-week long break and adults who took annual leave). It was a great experience and fun in this trip, especially in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand. It was also very tiring at the same time as we need to walk a lot and the extremely scorching sun made it worst. We followed guided tour (in a tour group) and the tight schedule (like approximately only an hour for every destinations, up to 6 or 7 destinations a day) really made us (especially the elders) very exhausting.

24th June 2017 (Saturday)

We took a 2-hours morning flight to Don Mueung Airport, the old airport in Bangkok. Once there, we wasted a lot of time in the airport to complete the immigration and waiting for the others in our group to get ready. Also wasted a lot of time on the road to the hotel for checking in due to the unusual traffic congestion (well, Bangkok is famous for traffic jams). Hence, we don’t have much time to walk around on our own in the afternoon. We just walked to the streets near the hotel (Eastin Makkasan Hotel, 4-stars). We had a nice dinner in Chocolate Ville (don’t be confused by the name, there isn’t any chocolate here), a huge themed restaurant built to imitate the romantic Western streets and environment with Western-styled traditional buildings, bridges, lake, gazebo, lighthouse, etc. The atmosphere is beautiful with the lighting at night.

At night, we went to the Erawan Shrine, a Hindu shrine of Lord Brahma. The place becomes famous after the bombing incident in 2015 near the shrine that killed 20 people.

25th June 2017 (Sunday)

We went to Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) in the morning. It is a Budhhist temple with its spires as distinctive feature (and colorful porcelain of its main spire/tower). It is one of the most famous landmarks in Bangkok and it is situated on the side of Chao Phraya River. The on-going renovation works to the main tower prevented us to take nice clean pictures of the temple.

Next, we went to Maeklong Railways Market. Not long ago, I have seen a video getting viral on social sites showing a market with stalls lining up along a railway and has to retract their stalls when the train passes. That is the place. Now, I’m there to witness it in my own eyes and it was unique and amazing. A lot of tourists crowded the place not to shop at the market but to check out this quick event.

Then, we leave Bangkok and go to Hua Hin. Our first destination there is Santorini Park, a themed attraction with an open mall concept that resembles the famous Santorini Island in Greece with its white buildings and brightly one-coloured windows (mostly blue). There are retail shops, and some activities or rides inside such as Haunted House, Ferris Wheel, Water Slide, Merry-Go-Round, etc.

After that, we went to Swiss Sheep Farm. I noticed that Hua Hin likes to create tourist destinations with foreign places as their themes. The town lacks its own identity in terms of its tourist destinations. This Swiss Sheep Farm is a farm (of course) for us to have the opportunity to feed the sheep (I skipped that) and to take pictures of the many decorations in that place such as a huge old windmill, some 3D painting, several miniatures of popular characters such as Transformers and the Avengers, etc.

In the evening, we head to the Hua Hin Night Market. Stalls selling local delicacies, souvenirs, bags, accessories, clothing, food, and offering Thai massage lined up the street. Then, we depart to Novotel for a two-nights stay in Hua Hin. It is a seaside resort with of course the amazing sea view.

26th June 2017 (Monday)

Hua Hin Royal Palace is the first destination of the day. It is a royal residence that serves as a seaside retreat for the past kings of Thailand. It is quite a modest complex with elevated timber structures. The lushness of its surrounding almost overwhelms the palace. Major parts of the complex is also currently under renovation and we are barred from entering those parts. Hence, we only stayed a short while here.

Then, we went to Hua Hin Railway Station, not to take any train but to view the beautiful train station (iconic for the structures with red and cream colours’ assembly) and an old steam locomotive for a short while.

Our next destination of the day is Pleanwarn Eco Vintage Village. It is Thailand’s first eco vintage village and is built to recapture the old classic charm of Hua Hin. It is an open lawn area with two-storeys buildings of retails and restaurants around. They are constructed of recycled or used items including its wonderful entrance of a void surrounded with huge cladding of reused wood and profiled metal sheets.

We then went to Wat Huay Mongkol. It is a Buddhist temple unique for a large statue of a legendary Thai monk on top of a huge podium.

Then, we went to theHua Hin Safari and Adventure Park. This is a place not recommended for anyone. The staff there are annoying and keep pushing us to purchase their packages (tiger show, cobra show, elephant ride, photos, etc). The prices are extremely high and it is just a small ordinary safari. We went there just to see their elephant show. The show is not bad (elephants performing like painting, playing some sports, etc) but I sympathized the suffering that those elephants have to endure to entertain us.

The last destination of the day before taking a dinner on a seaside restaurant is FN Outlet. It is a modern elevated mall with a forest containing pond, bridges and Dinosaurs sculptures on the ground level.

 

27th June 2017 (Tuesday)

Today, we went back to Bangkok (the original name for the city and still called by the Thais is Krung Thep). We visited the famous Damnersaduak Floating Market. The name is self-explanatory. There is a small river crowded with boats carrying tourists and boats with people selling stuff. We took a boat ride and view the lifestyle of the traditional floating houses on our way to the Floating Market. Once there, we just walked on the side of the market where there is also a huge place crowded with stalls selling the same things again. To buy from there or from any markets in Bangkok, you have to bargain up to 70% of the original price the sellers show to you.

Then, we were back to the city region and proceed to the Art in Paradise (3D Art Museum) in Esplanade Mall. There are a lot of cool arts inside that allow visitors to interact and take pictures with to get the realistic 3D feel. Even the elders in our tour group joined in the fun including my father. That was very unusual.

Next, we went to the Honey World, a place that promotes and sells honey products to the tourists. When you are going for a trip in a guided travel group, visiting these places is a norm. We are fortunate that we only get to visit one in this trip. The honey products on sale are being promoted with all the healthy benefits they offered, but in the end, my family end up buying nothing. We usually don’t get interested.

Our last destination of the day is Asiatique Riverfront. It is a new complex by the side of the Chao Phraya River. It’s a huge open-air mall with retails, restaurants, waterfront walk and rides. It is a very happening and vibrant area. Amazing atmosphere with clean environment. Thailand is exceptional in creating this kind of tourist attractions. It’s a huge success.

28th June 2017 (Wednesday)

There is no programme offered by our tour agency today and so we have free time in the morning before our flight back to Kuala Lumpur in late afternoon. We then go to the Grand Palace. It is considered to be the No.1 attraction in Bangkok and I couldn’t believe our tour agency didn’t cover it in their itinerary. Hence, we have to visit it on our own in the remaining time before flying back. It is a huge complex of palace that serves as the main official residence of the King of Thailand.

 

The former King. King Bhumibol who reigned for about 69 years and is very beloved by all Thais had passed away last year’s October. The country then observes one year of mourning for the late king and he will be cremated in this coming October. Many roads around the palace is blocked and heavy security is observed. Until now, there are still a lot of Thais dressed in full black visiting the palace to mourn for him. Their loyalty and love to the late king is unquestionable. Some areas in the palace are also blocked off from visitors due to the same reason but that doesn’t lower my excitement of seeing the palace. It was breathtaking with its towering structures and intricate details on the columns, walls, railings, ceilings and roofs. This place is certainly a must-see in Bangkok eventhough the entrance ticket is quite costly (500 Baht for a person). You also have to dress very decently to visit the palace (also applies to all temples and other palaces in Thailand).

Then, we walked to the nearby Wat Pho. It is a Budhhist temple known for a huge reclining Buddha’s sculpture and houses the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand. The temple is quite huge with many areas within. If not for the hot weather, I would have spend a much longer time in both the Grand Palace and in Wat Pho.

And then, our trip ends. We went back to Don Mueung Airport to catch our flight back to Kuala Lumpur. It’s almost midnight by the time we arrived home. I bought a pair of shoes, some shirts and a short and a fridge magnet. We must buy a fridge magnet every time we visit a new place. It has becomes our family tradition. We had tom yam in almost every meals during the tour. I find that the food are very heavy in taste in Thailand (either too sweet, too spicy, or too sour). Generally, the trip is awesome and I had great time during the vacation. I particularly enjoy the days in Bangkok. Hua Hin is rather boring to me eventhough that place is more relaxing and has lesser tourists. On the other hand, I felt that the newer tourist attractions in Bangkok and Hua Hin (maybe applies to whole Thailand too) are too ‘artificial’. Most of them are constructed just to imitate foreign elements. I would rather visit the real places rather than see the imitations.

Bangkok’s city skyline pictures below. The tallest on the first picture below is Baiyoke Tower which is formerly the tallest building in Bangkok. The title is now taken by the new Mahanakhon Tower shown in the second picture.

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