The streets of Bangkok are very congested with traffic which probably explains why there are no police car chases in the city. At the same time, there are also some very narrow lanes that are not suitable for cars or even motorcycles. This is where the Police Bike Patrol become useful. These guys are from Chana Police Station near Khao San Road. There are about twenty of them and they are made up of volunteers and fulltime policemen. They patrol the tourist areas on their bicycles.
The photograph shows a group of novice monks eating their last meal of the day. Many children become novices for a few weeks during the summer holidays. It’s not easy for them as they can only eat twice a day. Breakfast and lunch. They cannot eat again after noon. However, they can have drinks like soy milk. For forest monks, they only eat once a day.
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Loei Province in the winter months is the Poinsettia Garden. This can be found at the entrance to the Phu Rua National Park. The leaves of the poinsettia plant turn from green to red under special circumstances and are often used for Christmas displays. This flower garden is very popular with Thai tourists during the cooler weather in Northern Thailand from the end of November until the end of January. People travel far to take pictures here.
There has been a regular Children’s Day in Thailand since 1955. It is held on the second Saturday of January every year. On this day, many places open their doors to children for free or at a reduced rate. For example, zoos, theme parks and museums. Other places that don’t normally open to the public will open on this day. Such as Parliament, Government House and military bases. It is the latter which seems to be very popular with many kids and their parents. The children get to handle guns and climb up and over tanks and helicopters.
Most tourists who visit Phuket spend most of their time on the beach. In doing so, they are missing out on the beautiful Sino-Portuguese buildings in Phuket Town. These colourful buildings date back to the start of the 20th Century. In 1994, Phuket Municipality designated the old section of Phuket Town on Rassada, Phang Nga, Yaowarat, Krabi, Deebuk, Thalang and Thepkasattri roads as a conservation area and prohibited buildings of more than 12 metres high. In addition, many roads in this area have had their power and telephone wires buried underground.