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Thailand - Moon Rise over Bangkok Night Skyline - View from 84th floor of Baiyoke Sky Hotel | by © Lucie Debelkova /
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Thailand - Moon Rise over Bangkok Night Skyline - View from 84th floor of Baiyoke Sky Hotel

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Bangkok is the capital, largest urban area and primary city of Thailand. Known in Thai as Krung Thep Mahanakhon (Thai: กรุงเทพมหานคร) or กรุงเทพฯ Krung Thep meaning "City of the Deity") for short, it was a small trading post at the mouth of the Chao Phraya River during the Ayutthaya Kingdom. It came to the forefront of Siam when it was given the status as the capital city in 1768 after the burning of Ayutthaya.


This photo was taken from centrally located 88-storey Baiyoke Sky Hotel in the heart of downtown Bangkok, which also the tallest Thailand's hotel. I have actually stayed in this hotel for one night last year as I wanted to capture the city from its highest view point. Unfortunately I was very disappointed with this rather dirty and very used hotel. On top of that I came too late and left too early to find out that there is an open (unfortunately rotating) terrace. Plan to shoot that particular evening when I took this shot was originally in Siroco bar, which should be really posh place. Luckily just before heading there, I checked some reviews online and found out that you have to be dressed really well and no flip flops are accepted. I was not prepared for this and had only 15 min to possibly find a nice new shoes or new location. I thought that I might give a try to the Baiyoke Sky Hotel and try to find some clean spot on the windows so I can capture the sunset and blue hour. When I got to the hotel I was nicely surprised that there was an open terrace - great, but rotating one - really bad - that meant all my shots will have to be hand held. Luckily 5D II can perform great in high ISO...


Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens’s focal length: 17.00 - 40.00 mm; Focal length: 23.00 mm; Aperture: 4.0, Exposure time: 1/15 s, ISO: 2500


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Taken on February 28, 2010