日本での一年間

August 28, 2011

Getting around Bangkok: River Ferries

Take the BTS skytrain to Saphan Taksin station and you can walk to the pier to hop on the Chao Phraya Express Boat. From there, several boats go up the river. Every 30 minutes, a tourist boat runs. It costs a little bit more, but it has announcements in English telling you where to get off to get to certain places.

Living on the river

Prow of the Chao Phraya Express Boat.

The pier. Tires prevent the boat and pier from colliding.

Another river boat

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June 1, 2011

Cheung Chau (Part 3)

Yesterday and the day before, I posted pictures of Cheung Chau island in Hong Kong and today I have a few more pictures to share from Cheung Chau.

I visited Cheung Chau a couple weeks before their biggest event of the year, the bun festival. During the bun festival, a big wooden structure is built and covered with buns. Then people start to climb up the mountain and grab as many buns as they can. Sounds like fun!

Bao (steamed bun) Moutian, a wooden structure used in the Cheung Chau Bao Festival.

Temples, beaches, and boats still to come! (more…)

March 21, 2011

Another Ride on the Horikawa Pleasure Boats

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Back in November, I wrote a post about the Horikawa pleasure boats. I went back again last month, but I didn’t want to post similar pictures again, so here are some new pictures from the moat boat tour. If you want a general idea what the boat tour is like, please look at my previous post about the Horikawa Boats.

Trees reflected in the river.

River

The shopkeeper was surprised to find me taking her picture through the window, but she gave me a nice smile.

One of the tunnels that the boat tour goes through.

Getting out of the boat. Can you see the table covered by a blanket in the empty boat? That's a kotatsu. It has an electric heater in it. Many people in Japan practically live underneath their kotatsu during the winter. Without the Kotatsu, the boat ride might be a bit uncomfortable.

Learn more about kotatsu here.

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