Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Things to See and Do at Night

Cape+Kantary is a magazine that you will find in all the Cape and Kantary Properties.In every edition there is always an article that we like to share. In this Issue 15 - (Pages 29-35) one writer (Trevor Ranges) wrote about things to see and do at night.

“Perhaps you’re travelling with your family or you’re not into the party scene. Well, there are more than a few different things to do around Thailand at night, and, no, it’s not all about shopping; though it certainly can be, if you want it to be.

1)     Star Gazing – try the remote location and if it’s a beach spread out a blanket and gaze.

2)     Night scuba Diving – you need special equipment to do this so do your homework before you go.

3)     Walk on Pattaya’s wild side – the carnival-esque atmosphere of their Walking Streets, might be what you are looking for…

4)     Hong by Starlight Paddling Trip with John Gray Sea Canoe – the ultimate way to avoid the crowds and is such a beautiful experience.

5)     Hit some balls – golf illuminated at night?

6)     Fresh fruit and flower market at Bangkok’s Pak Khlong Talad – open 24 hours a day and a bustling place.

7)     JJ Green Vintage Night Market open on a variety of days - and next to Bangkok’s magnificent Chatuchak Market.

8)     A multitude of movies – the Thai cinemas offer a great deal.

9)     Night ride – take a bicycle out for a short spin, a unique way to see Bangkok – 

10)  Play some games, there several themed bars in Thailand that offer this…

For all the other ideas please visit http://www.capekantaryhotels.com/ckmagazine/Issue15/index.html  - (Pages 29-35) 

And then it is time for a good night’s sleep; there is always a Cape and Kantary Hotel nearby.


Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A robot in Bangok and more

Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 and today the article is about Dr Sumet Jumsaina Ayudhya สุเมธ ชุมสายอยุธยา and his creation of Bangkok’s most captivatingly peculiar buildings - https://www.bangkok101.com/bard-bizarre-architecture/ - original text by Jim Algie.

Here are just two of some of the buildings he was involved with

-      The Robot Building (1986) - https://goo.gl/maps/gHp3ktk1miy - a building shaped like a robot, simple, now the HQ of the United Overseas Bank
-      The Elephant Tower (1997) - https://goo.gl/maps/aSFc9Ts41Qr - explanation not necessary

If you want to read more bizarre Thailand stories by Jim Algie read Bizzare Thailand - here’s a map of some of the locations in the book - https://goo.gl/maps/f8unFaW4Td82.

If you visit #Bangkok stay with us at Cape House Hotel or Kantary House and here’s a map - http://bit.ly/2qiOvYm.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

10 best things to do in Chiang Mai

There are many reasons that you visit Chiang Mai. Here is a list of the 10 best things to do in Chiang Mai – that they think you should visit.

1)     Doi Suthep  

2)    Old City Temples – Chiang Mai Old City, they recommend to try Wat Chedi Luang, Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao 

3)    Chiang Mai Night Safari (Hang Dong) 

6)    Doi Inthanon National Park – also known as the roof of Thailand 

7)    Karen Long Neck Tribe & ChiangDao Cave – certainly somewhere which will be remembered.

8)    Do Pui Tribal Village and NationalPark – explore here and see another way of life.

9)    Bo Sang Handicraft Village – here you will find people making umbrellas and signs, artists and more shops.

10)  Lanna Folklife Museum – certainly worth a visit if you want to learn more about the history and culture of people in Chiang Mai. 

There are obviously more places to visit than what is listed here and we hope that you will stay with us at Kantary Hills

Friday, November 9, 2018

The uniques history of Loha Prasat

Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 -  and today the article we link to is about the unique history of Loha Prasat – the ‘Iron Temple’ OR the ‘Monastery of the Royal Niece’. Original words by Joe Cummings and CPS Media.

Wat Ratchanatdaram is a large area not always visited as much as the Golden Mountain Temple just over the river. Expect to make a visit and see no tourists.

The Loha Prasat - is known for its tier of 37 golden towers (they were originally black) and the number 37 represents the 37 factors of enlightenment cultivated by the bodhisattavas (Buddhist saints or Buddhists-to-be).

Make an entrance during the day and marvel at the beauty of this special building with seemingly endless corridors and spiral staircases. Reach the top and admire the view that you have – we are told that night time viewing was amazing but unfortunately they no longer open in the evening. 

The grounds behind the Loha Prasat but in the grounds of Wat Ratchanatdaram have vendors selling an interesting collection of occult objects – worth a visit if that interests you.

If you visit #Bangkok stay with us at Cape House Hotel or Kantary House - and here’s a map - http://bit.ly/2qiOvYm.


Saturday, November 3, 2018

'Roaming Amongst the Ruins' - Ayutthaya

Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 -  and today we choose to share with you - an article within a bigger one about Ayutthaya - 'Roaming Amongst the Ruins'. Original text by Bruce Scott.

Ayutthaya was the second capital of Thailand (when it was called Siam). But in 1767 the Burmese invaded and Ayutthaya was almost decimated and the royal line relocated to Bangkok. The Thai Fine Art Department began to restore Ayutthaya in 1969 and then UNESCO declared Ayutthaya a World Heritage Site.

For tourists to see them all in one day transport will be needed and for the famous sites there is a small entrance fee – most sites are open from 8am to 5pm. Here is a selection from the list that they make for you;

This was the most respected and holiest temple in Ayutthaya. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/yW4seYcy1nG2

This was one of the most important Wats here but most of the large Chedi have collapsed. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/BAjL2St4t772

The SacredBuddha Head (within Wat Phra Mahathat).
This is probably one of the most photographed ancient relics in Ayutthaya, getting there early helps you get a good photo.  

This was a Wat which was built by King Borom Ratchathirat II at the place where his brothers battled for the ascension to the throne and they killed each other. Here’s a video.  .

Wat Chaiwatthanaram
This is an impressive temple in the Khmer-style and used as a Royal Temple by King Prasat Thong and other members.  A place of great historical significance and certainly worth a visit, this is the location:https://goo.gl/maps/YjrmVP7BagB2, just across the river form the main square.

If you want to read the rest of the article this is the link - https://www.bangkok101.com/roaming-amongst-the-ruins/ - and if you do visit Ayutthaya, why not consider staying at Kantary Hotel?