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‘Mementos For Father’s & New Year’s Gifts’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

This month’s topic of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม) market is ‘Mementos For Fathers & New Year’s Gifts’. The market is situated next to the Government House in Bangkok’s Old City and takes place from 1-24 December 2015, daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

‘Mementos For Father’s & New Year’s Gifts’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

‘Mementos For Father’s & New Year’s Gifts’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

Divided into two periods, the first one from 1-12 December 2015 focussed on the theme of ‘Gifts for Father’s Day’. The second period from 13-24 December 2015 is all about ‘New Year’s Gifts’. For every item you purchase for 300 Baht per shop, you have the chance of getting a prize from the lucky draw station. In addition, you can also get free gift wrapping.

Since H. M. King Bhumibol’s Birthday was on 5th December, the market invites you to show loyalty to the King by writing a salute. After registering at the zone, you receive a piece of paper to write down a salute and hang on the Bodhi tree.

Write down a salute for H.M. King Bhumibol

Write down a salute for H.M. King Bhumibol

Are you a flower and nature lover? Then I have some special items to present to you from this market festival. First, there are the adorable handmade ‘Real Flower Accessories’. Aren’t they amazing? The petals are dried and arranged, then coated with resin.

'Real Flower Accessories' at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market festival

‘Real Flower Accessories’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market festival

Colourful necklaces made with real flowers

Colourful necklaces made with real flowers

Maybe you are looking for a nice floral home decoration? Take a look at ‘Fah Artificial Flower’ from Supanburi Province. They offer a special price on their wonderful fabric flowers.

‘Fah Artificial Flower’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

‘Fah Artificial Flower’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Another wonderful item and New Year’s present is the ‘Gift Box’ which contains beautifully arranged artificial flowers.

A nice Gift Box with beautifully arranged artificial flowers

A nice Gift Box with beautifully arranged artificial flowers

What is more, the market presents numerous amazing and unique Thai handicraft products such as these exquisite articles by Sukkee. By the way, Sukkee is one of the OTOP exporters that were awarded by the Ministry of Commerce.

Exquisite articles by Sukkee

Exquisite articles by Sukkee

Thai handicraft products by Sukkee

Thai handicraft products by Sukkee

In fact, there are a variety of appealing products to satisfy shoppers such as these adorable handmade articles by ‘Thaisouvenir & Gift’. These turtles with crystals on their carapace are believed to symbolize and bring both longevity and prosperity to the owners.

‘Thaisouvenir & Gift’, turtles with crystals

‘Thaisouvenir & Gift’, turtles with crystals

Amazing Thai handicraft at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Amazing Thai handicraft at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, elephants with crystals

I also cherish the stunning Thai handicraft articles by “Jiam Sansajja Bronze Factory”.Take a look at these fine arts 🙂

Thai handicraft by “Jiam Sansajja Bronze Factory”

Thai handicraft by “Jiam Sansajja Bronze Factory”

“Jiam Sansajja Bronze Factory” at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

“Jiam Sansajja Bronze Factory” at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

There are many more exotic products like these beautiful articles made from Thai mango trees by “Creationwww”.

Articles made from Thai mango trees by “Creationwww”

Articles made from Thai mango trees by “Creationwww”

Thai mango tree products by “Creationwww”

Thai mango tree products by “Creationwww”

Last but not least, there are some very cute teddy bears from ‘Teddy Bear Thailand’ that offers a super special price only at this event. You can take pictures with a bunch of furry teddy bears and take one home.

'Teddy Bear Thailand' at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

‘Teddy Bear Thailand’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

For more information, please check out: facebook.com/khlongphadungkrungkasem. For tourists, I recommend that you print this map out and show it to a taxi driver, adding that the market is situated next to the Government House (ทำเนียบรัฐบาล).

Map & travel info

Map & travel info

Summing up, we can say that the market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is an innovative attraction in Bangkok appealing to both locals and to tourists with amazing articles and Thai wisdom products. This month, the market offers some unique New Year’s Gifts and Father’s Day gifts. There is simply something for everyone’s taste. Thus, don’t miss the event!

Yours, Sirinya




The Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand

Today I’d like to take you on a photographic journey to the Sanctuary of Truth (ปราสาทสัจธรรม) which is a temple construction in Pattaya, Thailand. The Sanctuary is also known as Wang Boran and Prasat Mai.

The Sanctuary of Truth

Entrance to the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand

Entrance to the Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya, Thailand*

The special characterisitc of this temple is that it is completely constructed from wood. Thus, it is a great example of the art of Thai woodcarving. The sanctuary harbours numerous wooden scupltures from Buddhist and Hindu mythology.

The Sanctuary of Truth is an amazing example of Thai woodcarving

The Sanctuary of Truth is an amazing example of Thai woodcarving*

However, in the top of the building, which is 105 meters high, there are also pieces of modern visionary art exhibited. In 1981, the temple complex was initiated by Lek Viriyaphant who is also the founder of the Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan. Actually, the Sanctuary of Truth is not completed yet and the year for its completion is supposed to be in 2050.

Wang Boran, the Sanctuary of Truth, hall with royal images

Wang Boran, the Sanctuary of Truth, hall with royal images*

The temple construction is a unique and fine example of Thai architecture and it is also reminiscent of ancient Khmer buildings. There are four monumental towers representing images from the Buddhist and Hindu religions and mythologies of Asian countries like Cambodia, China, India and Thailand. Hence, the Sanctuary honours the ancient civilizations of Southeast Asia and their accomplishments.

The construction of Wang Boran is reminiscent of Khmer architecture

The construction of Wang Boran is reminiscent of Khmer architecture*

Therefore, the Sanctuary of Truth also gives credit to the seven creators which are of vital importance to man because without them, he cannot exist. These creators are Heaven, Earth, Father, Mother, Moon, Sun and the Stars. Thus, the purpose of this temple complex is to use art and culture in order to reflect Eastern philosophy and the ancient knowledge and vision of Southeast Asia. Visitors are invited to take a glimpse at and experience ancient knowledge, the connectedness of all beings and the cycle of life.

Prasert Mai, Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya

Prasart Mai, Sanctuary of Truth in Pattaya*

The Sanctuary of Truth is divided into different halls. Hence, the 1st hall is about the origin and stands for the earth, the four elements and the universe. According to Hindu belief, Shiva is the God of Earth and Fire (beginning and end), Vishnu is the God of Water and thus the preserver of life, while Brahma is the God of the Wind and thus the creator. Trimurati is the God of the Universe and the universal aspect.

Wang Boran stands for stands for the earth, the four elements and the universe

Wang Boran stands for the earth, the four elements and the universe*

The 2dn hall represents the sun, moon and stars and thus symbolizes the created environment. The sun, moon and stars are also creators because without the sun there would neither be day nor night. The moon causes tideing and the stars are the reason for every cause. Hence, everything and even the creators are interconnected.

Sanctuary of Truth, everything is interconnected even the creators

Sanctuary of Truth, everything is interconnected even the creators*

The 3rd hall represents Parental Love which also stands for unconditional love, starting a family, tranquility and peace. In this way, the hall also represents father and mother who are givers. They do not ask anything in return for their love and the receivers, the children, are grateful and pay respect to their parents. The 4th hall stands for the world supporter and thus for the Bodhisattva who is the Buddha. His attributes are love, compassion, selflessness and service to others. What is more, this is also the basis for all religions.

Bodhisattva, his attributes are love, compassion, selflessness and service to others

Bodhisattva, his attributes are love, compassion, selflessness and service to others*

Finally, the Centre Hall stands for the four noble truths that the Buddha has preached to all men. It means that human beings can understand the wheel of life and overcome suffering in order to reach Nirvana.

Centre Hall stands for the four noble truths that the Buddha has preached to all men

The Centre Hall stands for the four noble truths that the Buddha has preached to all men*

Hence, the four spires on the top roof represent the four elements: there is a female celestial being holding a book representing the continuation of philosophy and morality. The other female celestial that holds a pidgeon in her hand stands for peace. The male celestial with a lotus flower represents the establishment and continuation of religion. Finally, the celestial holding the hand of a child and leading the elderly represents life.

The Sanctuary of Truth, the four spires on the top roof represent the four elements

The Sanctuary of Truth, the four spires on the top roof represent the four elements*

Summing up, we may say that the Sanctuary of Truth is an amazing temple construction and a stunning example of Thai woodcarving that captures the ancient vision of the earth. I really recommend a visit to this place 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

*all photos in this post by Amporn Konglapumnuay




‘OTOP TO AEC’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

This month’s topic of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม) market is about ‘OTOP TO AEC…Heritage of Thailand from Local to Global’. The market is situated next to the Government House in Bangkok’s Old City and takes place from 3-25 November 2015, daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

‘OTOP TO AEC’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

'OTOP TO AEC … Heritage of Thailand from Local to Global' at the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market

‘OTOP TO AEC … Heritage of Thailand from Local to Global’ at the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market

At this event you find many OTOP products from all over Thailand, for instance local OTOP food products but also exported OTOP goods which will rotate each week. The market offers something for everyone’s taste.

First let us take a look at some amazing food products – there are for example Riceberry and Sungyod brown rice. Riceberry is high in anti-oxidants and fiber. Thus, it helps lower cholesterol and has many other health benefits. Sungyod brown rice is very rare and considered to be a premium rice from the South. It is rich in protein and vitamins. You can get these products for a very special price at the market.

Riceberry and Sungyod brown rice

OTOP products: Riceberry and Sungyod brown rice

Many cheap and cheerful groceries are available at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, such as Instant noodles MAMA, fruit juice, detergents and much more

Many cheap and cheerful groceries are available at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem, such as Instant noodles MAMA, fruit juice, detergents and many more

In addition, the event offers numerous ready-to-eat delicacies such as Kalamare which is a delicious Thai dessert. Traditionally, it comes in black sticky form but nowadays it has various colors. Kalamare from auntie Tui is a famous one from Koh Samui.

Kalamare, Thai dessert from auntie Tui

Kalamare, Thai dessert from auntie Tui at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

If you are looking for something savoury, you may want to try Naam Prig Goong Siab. This is a Southern style dip with dried shrimp. Serve this dip with fresh vegetables, fermented egg, and steamed rice.

OTOP Product: Naam Prig Goong Siab, Southern style dip

OTOP Product: Naam Prig Goong Siab, Southern style dip

Another food speciality is Mo-Din Vermicelli with hot sauce from Baan Kradok, Nakonrachasima province

Another food speciality is Mo-Din Vermicelli with hot sauce from Baan Kradok, Nakonrachasima province

Fresh seafood from Paknam, Suratanee Province! There are fresh huge oysters, super-sized prawns and many more items

Fresh seafood from Paknam, Suratanee Province! There are fresh huge oysters, super-sized prawns and many more delicious foods at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Well, if you’re still hungry and looking for something pastry-like, try the herbal fluffy rice flour cake of Baan Morakot from Sakaew Province. The ingredients are all natural and it tastes fantastic.

Herbal fluffy rice flour cake of Baan Morakot

OTOP Product: Herbal fluffy rice flour cake of Baan Morakot

Another option is the BIG-sized ROTI from Satool Province. This Roti not only huge and crispy but also more delicious than common Roti.

Another option is the BIG-sized ROTI from Satool Province. This Roti is not only huge and crispy but also more delicious than common Roti. Only at this month’s ‘OTOP TO ACE’ festival.

However, the market also offers some crafts like unique Thai silk from different provinces in Thailand.

Unique Thai silk is an OTOP Product at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Unique Thai silk is an OTOP Product at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

There are also amazing artificial flowers from Chaiyaphum province. These flowers are very beautiful, exquisite and affordable. Good for home, office, and restaurant decorations.

There are also amazing artificial flowers from Chaiyaphum province. These flowers are very beautiful, exquisite and affordable. Good for home, office, and restaurant decorations.

Maybe you are looking for some effective health care products. I recommend you try the herbal hot packs which are relieving body pain and muscle sprains. The hot pack is easy to use, just put it into the microwave for about two minutes and press it right onto your painful spot.

Herbal hot packs are OTOP Products

Herbal hot packs are OTOP Products

Try one of the products with bergamot. This herb has many benefits such as making the hair soft and beautiful. It has also blood purifiying properties

Try one of the products with bergamot. This herb has many benefits such as making the hair soft and beautiful. It has also blood purifiying properties

An innovative product is the Thai stone aromatherapy. This innovation is made from powder, herbs, and food coloring. It is used for creating a refreshing atmosphere so that you can relax enjoying this new format.

Thai stone aromatherapy- an innovation at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Thai stone aromatherapy- an innovation at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Last but not least, my favourite product of this month’s event is a lamp made from coconut shell. This OTOP product appreciates the value of coconuts. The lamp is unique and very beautiful. The market offers various products designed with coconut shell.

Lamp made from coconut shell

Lamp made from coconut shell

For more information, please check out: facebook.com/khlongphadungkrungkasem. For tourists, I recommend that you print this map out and show it to a taxi driver, adding that the market is situated next to the Government House (ทำเนียบรัฐบาล).

Map & travel info

Map & travel info

In a nutshell, we can say that the market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is an innovative attraction in Bangkok appealing to both locals and to tourists with monthly changing topics and premium products. Thus, don’t miss the event!

Yours, Sirinya




‘Top SMEs Products from Thailand’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

This month’s topic of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม) market is about ‘Top SMEs Products from Thailand’ (สุดยอด SMEs ของดีทั่วไทย). The market is situated next to the Government House in Bangkok’s Old City and takes place from 2-25 October 2015, daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

'Top SMEs Product from Thailand' at the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

‘Top SMEs Products from Thailand’ at the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

At this event you find supreme but also alternative products from many shops. It is also an opportunity to meet and greet Thai superstars who own small and medium businesses. Like always, this awesome market offers something for everyone.

Here is something for all animal lovers – let’s meet the adorable sheeps and goats of Suriya Farm from Nakorn Ratchaseema. You are allowed to feed the goats and sheeps, play and take pictures with them. I guess many children would like to pet these cute beings 🙂 What is more, there are many selected products from Suriya Farm such as goat milk, cosmetic products and sheep dolls which you can purchase at the market.

Goats and sheeps of Suriya Farm from Nakorn Ratchaseema

Meet the adorable goats and sheeps of Suriya Farm from Nakorn Ratchaseema

I really love Coco Easy. This is an innovative way of consuming coconut and thus a must-have for me! Coco Easy truly makes eating coconut convenient. It tastes great with supreme export quality.

Coco Easy - makes coconut eating convenient

Coco Easy – makes coconut eating convenient

What would be the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market without some amazing cosmetic products! Do you know that the facial sunscreen spray “Fourface” contains starfish collagen extracts and mineral water? These ingredients help to moisturize your skin. Since the texture is not greasy, it is easily absorbed by the skin.  Ms. Four Sakonrat, the owner of this brand, offers a special price of 750 Baht exclusively for this event.

Facial sunscreen spray “Fourface”, get this product at a special prize at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

Facial sunscreen spray “Fourface”, get this product at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

Great products by ELE brand which you can purchase special price at the market

Great products by ELE brand like this Bubble Cleanser are available at a special price

However, you can also find useful basic foods like eggs and cooking oil at the market. The products are good and cheap – you can purchase 30 eggs for 85 Baht and 3 bottles of cooking oil for 100 Baht, for instance.

Purchase 30 eggs for 85 Baht, and 3 bottles of cooking oil for 100 Baht at the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

Purchase 30 eggs for 85 Baht, and 3 bottles of cooking oil for 100 Baht at the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

In addition, you can buy other basic ingredients for cooking like different kinds of sauces for a small price. They also offer ‘buy 1 get 1 free for every item’. This is a great offer!

Cooking ingredients and different sauces

‘Buy 1 Get 1 Free’ –  Cooking ingredients and different sauces

Last but not least, there is also something for the serious side of life: At the SME service center you can find a competent suite of consulting services. They provide credit checking, bookkeeping for your income and much more.

At the SME service center you can find a comprehensive suite of consulting services

At the SME service center you can find a competent suite of consulting services

For more information, please check out: facebook.com/khlongphadungkrungkasem. For tourists, I recommend that you print this map out and show it to a taxi driver, adding that the market is situated next to the Government House (ทำเนียบรัฐบาล).

Map & travel info

Map & travel info

Finally, we can say that the market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is an innovative attraction in Bangkok appealing to both locals and to tourists with monthly changing topics concerning Thainess and supreme products. I think Coco Easy is my top product this month 🙂

Yours, Sirinya




MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok

MOCA is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok. It is located in 499 Kamphaengphet 6 Rd., Ladyao, Chatuchak. This museum is a special, serene place and definitely worth a visit if you are in Bangkok. The MOCA is supposed to provide a solid platform in building “Art Society” in Thailand thus encouraging newcomer in various branches of arts. This is the museum’s vision.

MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art

MOCA - Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok*

At the MOCA – Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok*

This museum was established by Mr. Boonchai Bencharongkul in honour of Prof. Silpa Bhirasri (Corrado Feroci) who is considered the ‘Father of Thai Contemporary Arts’. What is more, the MOCA is also supposed to appreciate the great favour of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

An artist at work - preserving the essence of Thainess at MOCA*

An artist at work – preserving the essence of Thainess at MOCA*

The Italian-born Prof. Silpa Bhirasri (1892-1963) worked mainly in Thailand and was ground-breaking in establishing modern art in Thailand. In addition, he was instrumental in founding Silpakorn University. In accordance with Prof. Bhirasri’s vision, the MOCA wants to protect and maintain Thai art and culture in order to preseve the esscence of Thainess for future generations. In this way, the art collections should reflect the basis of Thai culture.

An artful sculpture of Ganesha (Phra Pikanet) a Hindu God in Thai culture*

An artful sculpture of Ganesha (Phra Pikanet) a Hindu God in Thai culture*

Hence, the museum’s mission is to give Thai people and foreigners the opportunity to admire and appreciate Thai art and artists. In particular, Thai people of the younger generation should be strengthened in their love for the uniqueness of Thai culture. Thus, they can learn a lot about the artists’ inspirations and methods of creation in the museum.

These sculptures remind me of Thai court dolls, preserving Thai culture*

These sculptures remind me of Thai court dolls, strengthening Thai people’s love for  Thai culture at the MOCA*

The MOCA has five sections displayed on five different floors. Hence, the 1st floor has two halls in which the works of Prof. Chalood Nimsamer and Paitun Muangsomboon are displayed respectively. Both are National Artists of Sculpture.

Unusual sculptures and works of art*

Unusual sculptures and works of art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Bangkok*

On the 2nd floor you find contemporary art of different themes and concepts such as social knowledge and Buddhism while on the 3rd floor there are creations displaying imagination in Thai contemporay art. For instance, there are works of the famous Thai National Artist Chakrabhand Posayakrit.

Displaying social knowledge and Buddhism in art, exhibition at MOCA*

Displaying social knowledge and Buddhism in art, exhibition at MOCA*

The 4th floor harbours works of one of my favourite Thai artists – Thawan Duchanee. He is also a famous and remarkable National Artist in Thailand and is considered a modern Buddhist artist. What is more, the highlights on this floor are three gigantic contemporary paintings called “The Three Kingdoms-Heaven, Middle Earth, and Hell” created by the artists Sompop Budtarad, Panya Wijinthanasan and Prateep Kochbua.

The works of Thawan Duchanee. modern Buddhist artist*

The works of Thawan Duchanee. modern Buddhist artist*

The Three Kingdoms-Heaven, Middle Earth, and Hell”*

The Three Kingdoms-Heaven, Middle Earth, and Hell at the MOCA*

Last but not least, the 5th floor is about international contemporary art and there are also paintings from the 19th century Romantic period of Queen Victoria.

International art at the MOCA*

International and Thai art at the MOCA attracts many foreign visitors*

Finally, we may say that the MOCA – Museum of Contemporay Art in Bangkok is a remarkable place created to preserve the display the essence of Thainess, Thai culture and art. Fore more information, I recommend you check out the museum’s website.

Yours, Sirinya

*all photos in this post, credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram@knack66




Talad Baan Mai: Nostalgic Market in Chachoengsao Province

The Baan Mai Riverside Market is located on Baan Mai Road next to the serene Bangkapong river in Chachoengsao province (จังหวัดฉะเชงเทรา) in central Thailand.  It is about an hour’s drive east of Bangkok.

At Talad Baan Mai

At Talad Baan Mai*

At Talad Baan Mai*

Talad Baan Mai (ตลาดบ้านใหม่) has been in this sleepy province for over 100 years and thus visitors can enjoy a glimpse of traditional town life there. The market is open on weekends and on public holidays.

A vintage market, selling all kinds of wares*

A vintage market, selling all kinds of wares, Talad Baan Mai in Chachoengsao province *

This market is mainly a vintage and nostalgic Thai streetfood market where you can find numerous Thai and Chinese delicacies and treats. There are also local dishes that you hardly find anywhere else.

A Thai streetfood market*

A Thai streetfood market, the Baan Mai Riverside Market*

The stalls sell mainly traditional Thai street food. The dishes range from aromatic curries to chilli pastes and fried and dried river fish.

Selling river fish*

Selling river fish at Talad Baan Mai*

Of course there are also plenty of Thai sweet snacks like coconut sticky rice in banana leaves and Thai crispy rice crackers with cane sugar drizzle on top (Khanom Nang Led), for instance.

Coconut sticky rice in banana leaves*

Selling coconut sticky rice in banana leaves*

Selling Thai crispy sweet rice crackers*

Selling Thai crispy sweet rice crackers (Khanom Nang Led)*

What is more, there are vendors selling all kinds of retro but also modern wares such as plenty of children’s plastic toys and souvenirs.

Plenty of children's plastic toys*

Plenty of children’s plastic toys*

All kinds of wares and souvenirs*

All kinds of wares and souvenirs at the Baan Mai Riverside Market*

The old wooden shop houses, which have been preserved from at least 50 years ago, contribute to the nostalgic flair of the market. They are reminiscent of how Thailand must have been six to eight decades ago.

A market with nostalgic flair*

A market with nostalgic flair and wooden shop houses*

Rustic market restaurant among wooden shophouses*

Rustic market restaurant among wooden shophouses*

There is also a stall that sells live fish to be released. Since many Thai Buddhists like to make merit by releasing live fish into the river, it comes in useful that Talad Baan Mai is situated next to the Bangpakong River. This river flows through Thailand’s eastern provinces of Chachoengsao and Prachin Buri. Hence, go right ahead bestowing the fishes their freedom and thereby making merit 🙂

Make merit by releasing live fish*

Make merit by releasing live fish*

Finally, I think that Talad Baan Mai is an authentic Thai street food market that offers numerous delicacies and treats. In addition, you find many retro wares there but also plenty of souvenirs.

Yours, Sirinya




‘Local Businesses & GI Products’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

This month’s topic of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม) market is about ‘Local Businesses and GI (Geographical Indication) Products’. The market is situated next to the Government House in Bangkok’s Old City and takes place from 1-27 September 2015, daily from 10 am to 7 pm.

The event features high-quality products from local creative businesses such as tea from Chiang Rai and products from the Baan Naka fabric Market, for instance. There you can also find Geographical Indication products from all regions of Thailand such as Doitung and Doichang coffee, Celadon products and many more. There are also special export and agricultural products from the Community Center or Farm Outlet products. In addition, the markets presents products from The SUPPORT Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand.

Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Local Businesses and GI (Geographical Indication) products at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

Local Businesses and GI (Geographical Indication) products at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

Thus, the first round of the event from 1-13 September features products from the North and the Northeastern region of Thailand. The second round of the event takes places from 14-27 September and is about products from Central, East, and South Thailand. For every 100 Baht purchase, you will receive a coupon for a sweepstakes prize such as airfare tickets, dining and many more prizes which are drawn every day at 6pm.

Thus, I’d like to present to you some of the amazing products you can purchase at the market. Let’s start with some marvellous handicrafts and ceramics. Do you know that Lampang province has the greatest ceramic industry in Thailand? Well, take a look at the ‘rooster bowl’ which is a symbol of Lampang. What is more, the white chicken that matches the pattern of the ‘rooster bowl’ is also symbolic of this province in Northern Thailand. However, this bowl originally came from China more than a 100 years ago.

Rooster bowl of Lampang province

Rooster bowl of Lampang province at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market

For all jewelry lovers, make sure you check out the charming and unique ornaments created by Pasu Jewerly, an award-winning designer.

Women ornaments designed by Pasu Jewelry

Ornaments for women designed by Pasu Jewelry

The Nan province is also well-known for creating unique silver handicraft products. The special feature of Nan silver is the way it is produced, since several volumes of pure silver are layered so that the ornaments do not become too hard.

Unique silverware from Nan province

Unique silverware from Nan province is a GI (Geographical Indication) product

An art symbol of Nan province is the painting of ‘Pu Maan Ya Maan, Love whispering’. This is a famous mural painting in Phumin Temple, Nan province. What is more, it is a masterpiece of a Thailue hill tribe painter named Nhan Buaphan. The painting shows a man and a woman who are whispering. This piece of art is simply refined and outstanding.

Famous painting from Nan' Pu Maan Ya Maan , Love whispering' by a Thailue hill tribe painter Nhan Buaphan

Famous painting from Nan ‘Pu Maan Ya Maan , Love whispering’ by the Thailue hill tribe painter Nhan Buaphan

The market also offers handicraft products made from palm leaves such as baskets, fans, tissue holder and other household articles. These products from Lampang province are dyed or painted with natural colours.

Products made from palm leaves, Lampang province

Products made from palm leaves, Lampang province

There are also amazing cotton cloths dyed with natural indigo from Baan Kud Haeng. This kind of cotton is thick and makes soft, breathable fabric when woven. The price is about 200-300 Bath per meter.

Indigo dyed cloth from Baan Kud Haeng

Indigo dyed cloth from Baan Kud Haeng at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

However, the market not only offers crafts but also plants like cactus, fruits like the Lhong Lub Lae Durian and other food products like coconut flower syrup, for example.

Cactus are popular since they are durable and inexpensive. They also absorb radiation from the PC

Cactus are popular since they are durable and inexpensive. They also absorb radiation from the PC

Lhong Lub Lae Durian. The story began when a lady named Lhong U-para from Lab Lae district took an unknown kind of Durian seed to plant and reap the fruit. She sent the fruit to a Durian Contest and also won the first place of Uttaradit Agricultural extension and development center in 1967 and later registered the line.

Lhong Lub Lae Durian. The story began when a lady named Lhong U-para from Lab Lae district took an unknown kind of Durian seed to plant and reap the fruit. She sent the fruit to a Durian Contest and won the first place of the Uttaradit Agricultural extension and development center in 1967 and later registered the line. It is a small kind of durian with dark yellow flesh and a chewy and mild texture.

Coconut flower syrup is nectar from pollen extract, rich in nutrients and minerals that are beneficial to your body, and refreshing

Coconut flower syrup is nectar from pollen extract, rich in nutrients and minerals that are beneficial to your body, and refreshing.

If you are a rice eater, check out the five kinds of healthy and delicious organic brown rice from Baan Um-saeng Community Rice Center from Srisaket province.

Organic brown rice at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Organic brown rice at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem

Do you know that in Northern Thailand you find many kinds of rice crackers as snacks? For instance, there are rice crackers made of dried white and black sticky rice deep fried and topped with sugar cane syrup. For generation, the recipe has been improved and developed. Thus, it is super tasty 🙂

Thai rice crackers are a local snack and thus a GI product from the North

Thai rice crackers are a local snack and thus a GI product from the North

Last but not least, there is the healty mulberry which is grown in the Northeast. Mulberry is rich in anti-oxidants which help to prevent cancer, eliminates toxins from the body, and also slows down the aging process.

Mulberry is a fruit originally from the Northeast.

Mulberry is a fruit originally from the Northeast of Thailand. Here you see mulberry drinks/juices.

For more information, please check out: facebook.com/khlongphadungkrungkasem. For tourists, I recommend that you print this map out and show it to a taxi driver, adding that the market is situated next to the Government House (ทำเนียบรัฐบาล).

Map & travel info

Map & travel info

Finally, we can say that the market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is an innovative attraction in Bangkok appealing to both locals and to tourists with monthly changing topics concerning Thainess and regional specialities.

Yours, Sirinya




Mueang Boran – The Ancient City

Mueang Boran (เมืองโบราณ) means literally translated ‘Ancient City’ and is accordingly referred to as ‘Ancient Siam’. It is a park and probably the world’s largest outdoor museum created by Khun Lek Viriyaphant (1914-2000) who also constructed the Erawan Museum in Samut Prakan. Visiting Mueang Boran can be compared to a Thailand-round journey within a day!

The Ancient City

At the Ancient City, Samut Prakan**

At the Ancient City, Samut Prakan**

Mueang Boran, created in the early 1970s, is also located near Samut Prakan in close proximity to the Crocodile farm, about 30 km south-east of central Bangkok, near the coast to the Gulf of Thailand.

At one of the 'Salas' in Mueang Boran*

Amazing architecture at one of the ‘Salas’ in Mueang Boran*

This museum park has the shape of Thailand and spreads over 200 acres. What is more, it features 116 miniature structures of Thailand’s famous monuments and architectural attractions of various provinces such as Prasat Hin Phanom Rung, Wat Mahathat Sukhothai, Phraphuttabat Saraburi, Phrathat Mueang Nakhon, Phrathat Chaiya and many more.

A historical Thai building**

A historical Thai building at Mueang Boran**

Apart from replicas of historical buildings, you may also encounter stunning mythical beings from Thai culture like the Naga which is the mythical snake.

The Naga-Makara - Mythical Snake and Crocodile Composite'

The Naga-Makara – Mythical Snake and Crocodile Composite*

Hence, historical structures are saved in this way and the park can be regarded as an educational area preserving Thai culture and historic building techniques. A dedicated team of local artisans work alongside experts from the National Museum of Thailand. Hence, you also find woodcarvers and other craftsmen at work there.

A woodcarver at work in Mueng Boran**

A woodcarver at work in Mueng Boran**

A craftsman at work**

A craftsman at work, Samut Prakan, Ancient Siam**

However, not all buildings are miniature, there are also some full-size replicas of existing or former sites.

Monuments from Thai history at the Ancient City*

Monuments from Thai history at the Ancient City*

The facsimiles have been created with the help and assistance of experts from the National Museum in order to ensure historical accuracy. The most outstanding structure of the Ancient City is the Grand Palace of Ayutthaya which was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. Further extraordinary replicas are the Phimai Sanctuary in Nakhon Ratchasima, and Wat Khao Phra Viharn located on the border to Cambodia.

Replicas at Mueang Boran*

Chinese style replicas at Mueang Boran*

In the museum park, there are artificial watercourses and mountains. Sometimes you can also spot some shy red-deers that browse the green areas. Apart from the 116 monuments, there are many statues which represent famous incidents in Thai history or literature. For instance, the following picture shows the Dvaravati Buddha at the Stupa of Phra Maha That, Chaiya, Surat Thani.

I think this is the Dvaravati Buddha statue*

I think this is the Buddha Image of the Dvaravati Period, Ancient City*

The Buddha's face*

The Buddha’s face, Dvaravati Period*

Generally, the museum presents different periods of Siamese craftsmenship ranging from prehistorical times, Dvaravati, Srivichaya, Khmer to Lanna, Lan Chang, Hariphunchai and Sukhothai. The following periods called Authong, Ayutthaya, Thonburi and Rattanakosin are also represented there.

A re-creation at the Ancient City**

A re-creation at the Ancient City**

The landmarks are all in geographical order. Visitors of the museum receive a map in which all monuments are listed and numbered consecutively. Apart from the replicas there are also rare traditional folk arts and cultures. However, sustenance is also provided there – check out the restaurants, food and drink outlets and the Floating Market 🙂

A waterway at Mueang Boran**

A waterway at Mueang Boran**

If you wonder how to move around the large park area, you may hire a golf cart or a bicycle. In addition, private vehicles are also allowed at a fee.

Amazing sight at the Ancient City**

Amazing sight at the Ancient City**

Finally, we may claim that the Ancient City is an extraordinary outdoor museum that brings Thailand’s history under one roof. Hence, this park also helps to preserve Thailand’s rich cultural heritage.

Yours, Sirinya

(photo credit: *Amporn Konglapumnuay, ** Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram @knack66)




‘Creative Industry, Gift for MOM’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

This month’s topic of the Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem (คลองผดุงกรุงเกษม) market is all about presents and gifts for moms since H.M. Queen Sirikit’s birthday and Thai Mother’s Day is on 12th August. The market is situated next to the Government House in Bangkok’s Old City.

This canal market festival will take place until the end of this year featuring a different theme each month. In the previous months, the market featured topics like ‘Fruits & Vegetables’, “Plants, Flowers and Fish” and different ‘Thai Herbs, Massage & Remedies’. The main focus is on the preservation and presentation of Thai culture and ‘Thainess’.

Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem Market

Creative Industy, Gift for MOM at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market

‘Creative Industy, Gift for MOM’ at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market

The event ‘Creative Industry, Gift for MOM’ takes place from 3-23 August 2015, daily from 10 am to 7 pm. The market offers something for everyone: There you can find various selections of inexpensive factory products but also fine handicrafts, jewellery and many Thai wisdom products. In addition, you may get a free haircut and free gift wrapping for a purchasing of 300-500 Bath.

Purchase 30 eggs for 60 Baht ( 4 times a day: 12.30pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm) at this event “Creative Industry, Gift for MOM” at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem market

Buy 30 eggs for 60 Baht (4 times a day: 12.30pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm) at the event “Creative Industry, Gift for MOM”

The market offers a variety of useful basic foods and foodstuffs like fresh eggs, palm oil and sugar. Eggs are basic foods because they are rich in protein, help prevent macular degeneration, prevent cataracts and are rich in nine species of amino acid. Similarly, sugar is also essential for the function of body organs and tissues since they all require energy from sugar.

Purchase sugar for only 19 baht / kilo at “Creative Industry, Gift for MOM”

Purchase sugar for only 19 Baht/ kilo at “Creative Industry, Gift for MOM”

What is more, you also find a variety of processed foods at the market. Hence, there are the well-known Pantai Norasing Products such as Suki sauce, Plum sauce, Oyster sauce, Sweet sauce, Chili sauce & paste and many more condiments.

Pantai Norasing Products

Pantai Norasing Products

A special treat is Kanom KO. This is a snack made of glutinous rice flour and roasted wheat flour mixed with water and sugar. Kanom KO may also be prepared with some other ingredients like minced mung beans, minced sesame or some flavours mixed with the flour. Thus, the snack can either be prepared plain or filled with many flavours. This interesting snack can be pressed in a variety of shapes such as squares, circles and ovals.

Taste this interesting snack: Kanom KO

Try this interesting Thai snack: Kanom KO

However, you may also treat yourself to some fine food like steamed shrimp dumplings which are Chinese dumplings served with chili sauce, sweet soy sauce mixed with chili. So delicious 🙂

Steamed shrimp dumplings

Steamed shrimp dumplings

Well, what are the special gifts for moms? For instance, the market offers quality ‘health’ shoes for comfortable walking, quality lingerie by the brand Wacoal and Pueraria soap with 100% natural herbal ingredients. This special soap is very beneficial to the skin and is suitable for all skin types. It is also good for sensitive skin. What is more, this soap helps to firm the breast and makes the skin smooth and radiant.

Health shoes of many different types to choose from several affordable prices, soft and comfortable, ideal to buy as a gift

Comfy shoes of many different types and several affordable prices. ‘Health’ shoes are soft and comfortable, ideal to buy as a gift

Quality lingerie by Wacoal

Quality lingerie by Wacoal

Pueraria soap with 100% natural herbal ingredients. ueraria Extract helps reduce shine, acne, freckles, removing pimples on the nose, dark circles Spots and scars caused by acne.

Pueraria soap with 100% natural herbal ingredients. Pueraria extract helps to reduce shine, acne, freckles, removes pimples on the nose, dark circles, spots and scars caused by acne.

In addition, you also find amazing Thai handicraft products at the market. For example, there is a very unique hand-woven Thai silk called ‘Preawa Silk’. This fabric is produced by the Phutai tribal group. Well indeed, it took six people and eleven months of work to create this perfect silk fabric. It has a value of 270,000 Baht.

Precious Preawa Silk hand-woven fabric of the Phutai tribal group.

Precious Preawa Silk hand-woven fabric of the Phutai tribal group.

There is also something for the children, thus learn more about the making and the art of Thai court dolls. The event features demonstrations and workshops by the Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts Center to learn molding these dolls that should reflect Siamese life in the past.

Thai court dolls made from clay

Thai court dolls made from clay

Last but not least, if you decide to get a new style, free haircuts are offered to everyone at the market festival. This is a campaign by the Beauty Association in order to celebrate and honour Queen Sirikit’s 83th anniversary.

Free haircuts at the event “Creative Industry, Gift for MOM”

Free haircuts at the event “Creative Industry, Gift for MOM”

For more information, please check out: facebook.com/khlongphadungkrungkasem. For tourists, I recommend that you print this map out and show it to a taxi driver, adding that the market is situated next to the Government House (ทำเนียบรัฐบาล).

Map & travel info

Map & travel info

Finally, we can say that the new market at Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem is an innovative attraction in Bangkok appealing to both locals and to tourists with monthly changing topics concerning Thainess. Indeed, the fair always offers something for everyone, ranging from specific Mother’s Day gifts to Thai handicrafts, basic foods and free haircuts 🙂

Yours, Sirinya




Chanthaburi Old Town & Waterfront

Chanthaburi (จันทบุรี), nicknamed ‘Muang Chan’ (moon city), is about 245km south east of Bangkok. It is the capital of the same-named province in Eastern Thailand. The old name of Chanthaburi is Chanthaboon. Thus, the old riverside community of Chanthaboon has a charming, tranquil and laid-back atmosphere. This community was founded during the reign of King Narai (r. 1665-1688).

Chanthaburi Old Town

In Chanthaburi, old town*

In Chanthaburi, Old Town*

Historic houses in Chanthaboon Community*

Historic houses in Chanthaboon Community*

Hence, not only Thai people lived in this district but also Chinese who came from the region that today belongs to Vietnam. The Chinese and Vietnamese were traders and merchants whereas the Thais were predominantly farmers. The location next to the Chanthaburi River was a great advantage to the community’s trade. Thus, until today, the community is well-known for its gem and jewellery trading market.

Classic motor bike in Chanthaboon Community*

Classic motor bike in Chanthaboon Community*

In fact, Chanthaboon has a lot to offer. There are amazing beaches, abundant natural resources, waterfalls and mountain tops…

On the beach*

On the beach*

Amazing sea scape & oyster farm*

Amazing sea scape & oyster farm*

What is more, the Old Town amazes the visitor with its historic shop houses built in a Chinese or a colonial style. In addition, the place is also famous for its local cuisine and the fact that there are Buddhist temples next to Chinese shrines. In addition, there is even a Catholic church.

Local cuisine, street restaurant*

Local Chanthaboon cuisine, street restaurant*

A piece of art in Chanthaboon community*

A piece of art in Chanthaboon Community*

The significant minority of Chanthaburi citizens are Vietnamese and most of them are Catholics. Thus, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, build in 1711, is an important local landmark. This church was expanded several times whereby the Neo-Gothic structure dates from 1905. The church has amazing stained glass windows and murals. In addition, the church has been the seat of a Roman Catholic bishop since 1944.

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception*

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception*

Inside the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception*

Inside the Cathedral, notice the stained glass windows*

Indeed, this place is rich in history. For instance, there is the 150-year-old heritage home of Luang Rajamaitri which has been renovated as a Boutique Hotel. Thus, today it is called the Baan Luang Rajamaitri Historic Inn.

Baan Luang Rajamaitri Historic Inn*

Baan Luang Rajamaitri Historic Inn*

It is situated on the first street of Chanthaburi. Luang Rajamaitri was a benefactor of the community and the second son of Luang Pramanrajsab (Jeenjampa) Noble of Gold Department, Rattan Factory. Luang Rajamaitri supported the education of children by offering them free accommodation and tuition fee.

Old typewriter in the Historic Inn*

Old typewriter at the Baan Luang Rajamaitri Historic Inn*

Well, indeed walking along the narrow lanes along the riverfront feels like taking a time journey. Most of the buildings are over 100 years old and are in a run-down state. Nevertheless, the site is charming and stands for slow-paced and relaxed life as opposed to the busy life in capital Bangkok.

Lazy cat on a truck in Chanthaboon Community*

A lazy cat on a truck in Chanthaboon Community*

In a nutshell, we may say that Chanthaburi Old Town is definitely worth a visit. If you like the charm of a nostalgic community, this is definitely the place for you 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(*photo credit: Siwaphong Pakdeetawan, Instagram@knack66)