The Magnificence of Chao Phraya River – The Lifeblood of Thailand

The Chao Phraya was dubbed the ‘River of Kings’ by King Rama and before the network of highways appeared, various settlements throughout the nation relied on the river as their only link.

Present Status

More than 50,000 people still utilise the river as part of their commute, and its significance has only waned slightly as the times have passed. You’ll still find many wooden shacks floating over the river as well.

Man-Made Modifications

During the Ayuthaya period, the river underwent a series of modifications. Many canals were built that provided shortcuts to bypass the various loops and bends of the river. These range from 2km to ones that are longer than 10km.

Boats and Ferries

There are many options at your disposal to explore the Chao Phraya River. You can opt for a normal express ferry, or if you’re hoping for something a bit more luxurious, you can always go on a luxurious Bangkok cruise tour conducted by entities such as Anantara Cruises.

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Image Credit: Anantara Cruises

Fish

The Chao Phraya Basin is home to more than 280 species of fish, so you can actually witness a bounty of marine life by exploring the river. Due to human influence, many kinds of species have become extinct.

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Lumpini Park: A Paradise in the City – Bangkok’s Finest Green Space

Anyone who has experienced the metropolitan madness of Thailand for some time will be truly thankful for the presence of Lumpini Park, which is the green lung of Bangkok.

Background

The park was named after Lumbini, Lord Buddha’s birthplace, which is found in Nepal. It was built by King Rama IV during the 1920s, on what was then royal property.

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A Multi-Purpose Haven

On a visit to the park, you will find all kinds of people indulging in a bounty of activities. There will be fitness enthusiasts going on their jogs, tai-chi classes being conducted by experts, and couples seated on benches enjoying each other’s company.

Bird Watching

Since Lumpini Park is rich in terms flora, you can find a wide variety of birds throughout the park. Despite being an urban park, more than 30 species of birds can be found here.

Music Festival

There are weekly music events that take place at the park, with major ones being arranged every now and then from world-renowned acts. If you’re staying at one of many places of accommodation situated nearby, such as Anantara Baan Raajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites, one of many providers of serviced suites in Bangkok, be sure to keep an eye out for events at the park.

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A Day at the Kings Cup Elephant Polo Tournament – A Day-by-Day Breakdown of a Unique Sporting Event

The King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament is one of the most iconic sports events in the world and is unique to Thailand. Here is a breakdown of what took place on each day of the event.

Thursday 8th of March

The first day kicked off with a ceremony conducted by Buddhist monks, followed by a traditional Thai dance performance and a buffet to feed the elephants. Tournament matches took place from 12 pm to 5 pm and the day concluded with a gala dinner at Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel.

Friday 9th of March

The tournament’s Thai food village was in business from 12 pm onwards with the matches starting from 2 pm till 5 pm. The Riverside festival with musical performances and various entertainments took place from 7 pm until midnight.

Saturday 10th March

Saturday was specifically geared towards the ladies, and in addition to the Thai food village and the tournament matches, there were fashion shows, best-dressed awards and another entertaining riverside festival to conclude the day.

Sunday 11th March

The grand finale started off quite early, with a morning yoga session at 6:45 am by the riverside. This epic day would’ve attracted many people vacationing at many a Siam hotel in Bangkok because everything from the food village to the festivities lasted the whole day, from 8 am all the way till 6 pm.

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