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    #61
    Oh, lord... a bridge galore!

    So wonderful to see Bangkok again - I will be returning soon to, I guess that bucket list thing has gotten stuck on a few places that I keep returning to, and I still want to return to. Hong Kong is one, and Thailand (in general) is another one. There is more than enough to see, despite having lived for decades in one of those places.

    The age of the overhead wires in Bangkok are luckily about to end. Sukhumwit Road is one of the first streets to have these underground - a mammoth task for a city like BKK if you ask me, but also a completely necessary things to have done.
    With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

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      #62
      I'd spotted another brown board and headed for it, crossing the road from the temple to the canal side and before taking a photo of Wisukam Narueman Bridge. The board explained that the bridge, opened in 1901, had been ordered by King Rama V, and was initially an iron structure with a wooden pavement and cast iron blustrade. It was restored and reconstructed in reinforced concrete in in 1967. Certainly an essential improvent for today's traffic!







      Continuing energetically along a straight stretch of canal, I approach the next major road bridge. To the left of of the photo, the bridge takes the traffic along Samsun Road, and on the corner I spotted a suitable place to sit a while and enjoy a snack and drink.




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        #63


        Resuming my walk, Wat Noranartsoontarikaram stretches some length the along the side of Krung Kasem Road, while the canal side is open space that appears to have been recently cleared. Looking at Google Street View it is lined with low buildings and market stalls. One can't 100% believe some of the dates Google gives, but in this instance May 2017, six months earlier than my visit, may well be likely. Farther along near the next bridge, street view actually shows some demolished rubble.







        Looking back and zooming in from the next bridge, this photo shows the cleared space on one side of the canal. The wall of the temple is glimpsed on the extreme right of this photo.

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          #64


          Looking down at the other side of the bridge, the last on the canal, is a landing stage for boats




          Ahead are the locks and the Chao Phraya river. I was fortunate to see a boat exiting the lock - I later realised they had been clearing vegetation along the riverbank.



          A glimpse of the market across the bridge. Another time it would be interesting to linger here...

          ...and find the way to the temple whose glorious spire I'd glimpsed through the foliage.




          Indeed such explorations would bring me to the Dusit area. The canal I'd spent the day walking along is actually quite close at one point to a favourite temple, Wat Benchamabophit, which I've always approached in the other direction from the Skytrain.

          Gradually with each visit, the jigsaw pieces of ‘My Bangkok’ are fitting together into a bigger picture.

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            #65
            But for now it was time to continue along 'my side' of the canal to reach Thews Pier from where I could go along the river by boat back to where I was staying at the Hilton Millenium Hotel.






            A last look at the end of the canal at the locks shows the vegetation that they had been keeping keeping under control...



            ...and finally I’'ll end this walk with a view of the impressive cable stay bridge across the Chao Phraya river - the Rama VIII Bridge.

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              #66
              Ahhhh.... Bangkok, a city that will forever stay in my heart and a city where I have so many, many, many memories - good and bad!

              Once Bangkok gets under your skin, you'll never be able to leave. I agree! Each time I see a photo of places I have seen, so many memories comes back to mind.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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