(Hotels and dinner cruises)
2010. The year where I used to hang out by the river at the backdoor of Khaosan Road (Phra Arthit Park), I remember how the King Rama IX bridge, the cruises, barges and the other historical buildings near the river were lit up at night. I used to get frustrated how my old digital camera could not even take a proper photo on night scene, I wanted to take the images of Bangkok’s nightlife, it’s beauty that glows after the sun.
(The Grand Palace, river cruise view)
Now that I have a better camera, I think I have captured some of the Bangkok’s nightlife and the glowing beauty of the city to share it with you. Last night, I had the opportunity to do that as I went to a dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River, it was an amazing dinner cruise with Chris before we leave to Southern Thailand to teach first week of November.
(Holy Rosary Church)
The cruise went for two hour worth of amazing view of Bangkok’s nightlife along the river. From the different elegant hotels, cruises, Wat Arun, Holy Rosary Church, Grand Palace, King Rama VIII Bridge, Phra Arthit Park (at the back of Khaosan Road), and Chee Chin Khor Pagoda(I didn’t get a clear nice shot of this). There were other great looking edifices along the river that could not be captured from my camera while the boat moves.
(King Rama VIII Bridge)
(Phra Arthit Park)
As a starter, it is difficult to get a good night shot from a moving base. The Grand Palace for example was hard to capture since it was dimly lighted, plus the fact that it was the very first photo opportunity from the dock, it took me a bit of time to get the hang of taking it in speed and lighting, but a little less perfect shot (or two) will be published.
(English inspired hotel)
(Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn)
I guess the Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) was my best shot from the cruise along the river, followed by the King Rama VIII Bridge shot, the others were fine, and the rest were either okay or not. Still, the intention of sharing the beauty of glowing Bangkok’s nightlife is there and I hope you enjoyed them.
Tips for Backpackers for Photo Ops
The cruise is not something of a backpacking budget, but if you wish to visit those interesting sites, the express river boat is one good way to do it. It is very convenient from Khaosan Road’s backdoor (Phra Arthit Park station) for a fare of 10 THB to 32 THB depending on the distance. Keep in mind that the operation time is from 6am-7pm only. Which makes you getting good night shots at 6-7pm, so don’t waste your hour chance to take photos. By the way, just set your camera on burst as the boat is quite fast for a good shot along the river.