Wednesday, May 25, 2016


Sweet memories of Felix & Nan wedding in Chonburi, Thailand. The bride's family is from Thailand and recommended for us to stay in Bangsaen Heritage Hotel. The hotel grounds were filled with sprawling gardens and our Villa 5215 was right in the middle of the vast grounds (I think).  Spotted Oliver-winged bulbuls gulping down berry fruit whilst perched on a wire below.
Olive-winged bulbul positioning berry fruit for final gulp below.
Olive-winged bulbul post-breakfast pose below:) 
Varied selection of berries for the bulbul to pick from in this fruiting tree within gardens of the hotel.
Female Koel spotted hopping around the branches of a tree below, nearby Villa 5215. Male Koel was seen alongside it throughout. This pair of Koel was very vocal, particularly in the mornings and evenings.
An unidentified bulbul species below. It was foraging for fruits in same tree as the Olive-winged bulbul.
Olive-winged bulbul below stretching its neck to inspect its surroundings. This bulbul sings in rich bubbly notes. Very different from the yellow-vented bulbul (final picture below - perching in red tulip tree which was just in front of our Villa).
Pied fantail looking very regal below.
An unidentified sunbird perched high on a branch. Heat from the hot morning - wondering if it was one of the factors that caused the image to be blurry. Must admit that I am still a beginner when it comes to taking photographs of birds. Birdwatching in the gardens of the hotel was an added bonus. It was already bright by 6am in Bangsaen, Chonburi, Thailand and I had to stop birdwatching by 7.30am. We had to be at the hotel lobby before 9am. Wedding tea ceremony that Sat morning to attend. 

The bride's house was nearby the coast and wetlands. Saw a cormorant perched outside her house (shucks - didn't bring my camera along for the morning tea ceremony). A black-winged stilt flew overhead as we had our al-fresco lunch outside her house that Saturday. Pad thai fried with duck eggs and seafood was served straight out of the huge wok in front of the bride's house. The best pad thai noodles I have ever tasted. Wonderful memories indeed from that weekend trip to Thailand, attending my second cousin's wedding. The warmth and hospitality of the Thais especially bride's family were legendary.     


  1. Villa at your hotel in Chonburi, Thailand looks nice. Lovely gardens in hotel.

  2. Thai laksa was very delicious too. Generous portions of fish in the laksa sauce.

  3. 7-eleven in Thailand are very well-stocked and are open for breakfast, lunch and dinners. It was the only grocery store within walking distance to Bangsaen Heritage Hotel.


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