Safari World Bangkok

About the only sightseeing place that I wanted to go to in Bangkok was the Safari World having seen pictures of it in some travel sites. And I was not disappointed. or maybe I was. 
There was a mini safari course where we could see some animals, actually a lot like the giraffe, rhino, camel, zebra and all sort of African birds and deers up close. Even lion, tigers and bears. The way they do it, any vehicle including coaches can drive in. In our case, our cab driver drove in all the way. That was the interesting part.

The not so interesting portion was the “River Cruise” which was just a ride amusement park style. And to make it worse, there were no animals – only fake animals and figurines! Definitely something to pass over.
Some poor imitation of an African dwelling
The other sad part about the place was that apart from the open safari ground (which I think is a bit overcrowded), was the enclosure for the other animals. Being used to Singapore Zoo open concept, it is a bit disturbing to see the animals confined in cages. Certainly the cages are now bigger, better landscaped than some other zoos I seen but still it looks very cramped to me. And of course the wire made it difficult to take photographs although I did managed to pull off a few nice one:

The biggest highlight must be the Giraffe where one can get up close and personal to the giraffes and touch and feed them. This alone is to be worth the price of the admission ticket!
More pictures here

Bangkok Street Food

The last time I went Bangkok was in 2006. This time round we went for a short trip over the weekend to celebrate our 22nd anniversary. We stayed in the Pratunam area. The old Pratunam wholesale centre is still there but there is also the new Platinum Mall. MBK, Siam Paragon, Central etc all gigantic and packed. Looks like the Thai are doing well despite all the political problems.
We didn’t visit the temples. Instead we went to the Safari World, a very beautiful place and yet a very miserable place. More of that in a later post.
But in addition to the shopping and massage, we went gaga over the street foods. Just look at them:
All sort of barbecue and roast meat
Different colour of corn
Salt covered barbecue fish. This one die die must try
Beef Ball Noodles
Beautiful Mung Bean kueh in the shape of fruits
Cuttlefish
Mini crab
Crabmeat
Kueh!
More mini crab
Prawn
Glutinous Rice
Braised duck
Duck Noodle
Some sort of sponge cake
Waffle with corn filling
Tom Yum noodle 
Phai Thai
Grilled banana
Satay
Dumplings
Water chestnut kueh
Some kueh
Fried curry century egg
Glutinous rice