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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Bangkok - feeding fishes for good merit

Thailand is predominantly a Buddhist nation, temples can be found everywhere. Practicing Buddhists in Thailand frequently donate food, and other offerings, to the monks who roam the housing estates and streets of Thailand early every morning to accept these generous gifts.
This act of giving to the monks, is one way for a Thai person to make merit, and is instantly rewarded by a feeling of well being for the giver, as well as a prayer from the monk receiving the gift. Another way of making merit, is to visit the Wat, or temple, and make donations and offerings there.

FEEDING or releasing fishes in the chao praya river for merits and well being.
visit the temples along waterways located in the chao praya river. 

Each temple that is located on the river, will normally have a fish feeding station, where you can buy pellets that cost just 20 Baht for a small bucket to 100 Baht for a larger bucket, or a whole loaf of bread for 20 Baht. Once the fish food has been bought, it is time to get the camera ready and start feeding the fish!.   Most of the fish you will see are catfish, and they can grow to quite massive size.

my favorite temple for feeding fishes is wat yannawa beside saphan taksin pier (this is the pier you get to Asiatique Shopping Malls.Wat Yannawa

walk to the end of the temple, you will see below signboard pointing to the place to feed the fishes

fish foods can be purchased from the stall beside the river

a big load of bread at 20 baht (about 80 cents singapore) or small pail fish foods at 20 baht,  big pail fish foods 100 baht (about $4 singapore ).  note:  the vendor selling fish foods closed at 7pm

there are alot of pigeons.  just ignore them and feed the fishes

How to get there:
note the vendor selling fish foods closed at 7pm

Charoen Krung Rd, next to Saphan Taksin BTS station and Sathorn express boat pier
Opening Hours: Daily 09:00 to 17:30
How to get there: To get here from Saphan Taksin BTS station, take exit 4 at the east side of the station, walk straight to Charoen Krung Road, take a right and the temple is a short walk away on the right.

you need about an hour to feed the fishes and a must-visit unique temple:  Wat Yannawa

The glittering rooftop spires of Wat Yannawa are difficult to miss when approaching Saphan Taksin BTS station or Sathorn express boat pier along the Chao Phraya river. With its elaborate hall of relics and unique wiharn that looks like an old Chinese trading junk, we can’t find any reason not to include Wat Yannawa on a sightseeing tour.   Wat Yannawa is a chinese and thai temple.

Wat Yannawa is an old Buddhist temple dating back to the Ayutthaya period, located in the Sathon district of Bangkok on Charoen Krung Road, Bangkok, Thailand. It has a unique junk shaped chedi and viharn built by King Rama III.

Excellent acupuncture in Bangkok for treating twisted ankle

If you need acupuncture in Bangkok go to the Wat Yannawa temple (Thai: วัดยานนาวา) for the Promwachirayan Center Clinic of Thai and Chinese Traditional Medicines. It is an excellent Chinese-Thai wellness center where you can receive acupuncture, aromatherapy and massage. It is clean, professional, reasonable prices, fast service and easy to find with very helpful staff with tolerance to understand my English given that, unfortunately, I do not speak Thai or Chinese.

My ankle was so badly swollen and black and blue despite icing it the night before. Dr. Panidsakpatana’s treatment was acupuncture with electrical stimulation. She also provided Chinese anti-inflammatory herbal tablets. I was in and out of the clinic in one hour! The total cost was 850 baht. 

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