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  • Bang Pa-In summer Palace Ayutt Bang Pa-In summer Palace Ayutthaya Thailand

    • From: mango
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      The devine seat of personal freedom in Bang Pa-In summer palace Ayutthaya Thailand.

    • 4 years ago
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  • Wat Mahatat Ayutthaya Thailand Wat Mahatat Ayutthaya Thailand

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      Wat Mahatat at tree that grew over a Buddha head in Ayutthaya Historical Park Ayutthaya in Thailland.

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  • Ayutthaya_Buddhas Ayutthaya_Buddhas

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  • Ayutthaya_Head Ayutthaya_Head

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  • Ayutthaya Ayutthaya

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    • 5 years ago
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  • Wat Yai Chai Mongkol,outside A Wat Yai Chai Mongkol,outside Ayutthaya, Thailand

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  • Ayutthaya: Thailands Old Capit Ayutthaya: Thailands Old Capital

    • From: LisaS
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      After expressing our joy of being in Thailands old capital by cartwheeling across the grass, we were even more impressed with this view of Ayutthaya behind a Plumeria Tree.

    • 5 years ago
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  • Serene Buddha Serene Buddha

    • From: MattMur
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      A classic Buddha from the golden ages of Thailand's past empire. This Buddha sits in the ruins of a wat, or temple, in the ancient Thai capital of Autthaya.

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  • Sunset Stroll Sunset Stroll

    • From: Team LionHeart
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      A monk paces the perimeter of a temple at sunset. Ayutthaya, Thailand.

    • 5 years ago
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  • Ayutthaya Ruins Ayutthaya Ruins

    • From: lauraruble
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      A statue of Buddha in the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya barely keeps its head. The adjacent one isn't so lucky.

    • 5 years ago
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  • Thailand: The Land of Smiles Thailand: The Land of Smiles

    • From: patrickmurphy
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      THAILAND

      I am very fortunate to have been able to visit Thailand three times in the past two-and-a-half years to visit my friend, Jake, who has been working/living over there during that time. This time, I enjoyed three separate 30-day stints between February and July, as Thailand served as my "base" in exploring SE Asia. So, where to start with describing Thailand? I could very easily dive right in about the mouth-watering and spicy food, the great islands/beaches in the south, the ancient temples/wats spread throughout the country, the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the April Songkran festival, or enjoyment of a $6/hour traditional Thai massage. However, I don't think one can begin to talk about Thailand without first talking about its amazing people.

      THE PEOPLE

      Never has a country been dubbed with a more appropriate title than Thailand, "The Land of Smiles." From the first moment you are greeted by a Thai person with a smile that can simply light up a room, coupled with a wai (a prayer-like gesture where hands are placed in front of the nose followed with a small bow of the head), they have won you over. And it doesn't stop there. Thais are soft-spoken, respectful, and polite people. In my travels to many countries on this trip and previous trips, I can state there are no finer people than the Thais. Thai life is centered around their respect for Buddha, their respect for the King (oldest reigning monarchy in the world), and commitment to their families. They tend to live for the moment and like to enjoy life to its fullest.

      THE FOOD

      My mouth is watering while I'm thinking about this. Thai food is something special in my book. From the myriad of choices available (noodles, rice dishes, bowls of soup, tasty meats, etc.) each dish includes a mind-boggling combination of, spices, herbs and sauces which typically includes four main seasonings/tastes: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy which usually leaves me with beads of sweat dripping from my forehead. The food is so good that you will always see locals (as well as foreigners, such as myself) eating all throughout the day. It is a rarity, however, to see an overweight Thai person. To help offset the sweat experienced by the food, there's always a cold beverage close at hand...from a cold Singha, Chang, and Leo beer, to the ever-popular Thai rum (Sangsom). One of the highlights of each of my visits to Bangkok is a trip with friends to our local Thai friend's outdoor family restaurant in a part of the city that sees very little foreigners (farang). Each time we visit we are greeted with smiles, hugs, great food, lively music, wonderful service, and a great Thai experience.

      BANGKOK

      Thailand's capital, Bangkok (pop. 9 million) can be quite intimidating at first, as it fits the bill of an urban jungle. Yes, there are some incredible traffic jams with cars vs. tuk-tuks vs. motorbikes and it's a city known for "anything goes". In the end, though, it is chaos that works. The vibrant city really does have it it all, from fantastic history and culture, to fine food, to great entertainment. It is also very safe, clean, and comfortable. Staying at my friend's apartment overlooking the skyline of Bangkok served as my "Club-Med" stop of my world journey. Along with the great view, my "home away from home" included a rooftop swimming pool, exercise room, and sauna. It is also centrally located to be either walking distance or a short motorbike taxi ride to the BTS (elevated rail) or MRT (subway), restaurants/bars (including wonderful sidewalk food stands), massage shops, fruit vendors, bookshops, music venues, and all sorts of shopping. I was also very lucky to have my stay overlap with the vacations of some other friends from California. It was great to see so many familiar faces. Many, many laughs were had. One of my favorite day trips in Bangkok is to head down to the Chao Phraya River and hop on a water taxi (long boat) which makes stops at various temples, the Grand Palace, and other interesting sights. It's a great way to see life on the river and to people watch.

      I was also in Bangkok for the annual Songkran Festival held each April (my second year in a row) which is the celebration of the Thai New Year, which is a time for cleaning and renewal. Locals may go to a wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and give food to monks. Buddha images are also cleansed by pouring water and fragrance over them to bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year. Thais also wash away all of the "bad" with water and bring good luck by putting powder (or a white paste) on peoples faces. Fairly recently, this celebration has also become the world's largest waterfight. All across the country, for three days, no street is safe between mid-morning and about 6 p.m....everyone is "fairgame" when it comes to getting doused with water. It is an all-out war with water canons, hoses, buckets of water (including ice water) coming from kids and adults on the street, shopkeepers in their doorways or on sidewalks, or from bar staff and patrons. In a time where it seems like every fun festival or event gets ruined or canceled from unruley behavior or a crackdown from police, Songkran is a freshing experience. It shows that people can have a great time without altercations of any kind and is a testimony to the goodness of the Thai people.

      NORTHERN THAILAND

      I took a train north from Bangkok to explore northern Thailand. Chiang Rai, at the northernmost portion of Thailand is a relaxed town with fantastic restaurants and, like all Thai cities, has some very interesting temples to explore. The area is known for some great treking and exploring some hillside villages, however, it was sweltering hot when I was there in April, so I passed on jungle treks and just explored enjoyed the city. A few hours to the south, Chiang Mai is the north's largest city and is surrounded by a ring of mountains. The city is home to over 300 temples dating as far back as the 13th century. Between many of the city's main streets are a network of small alleys with fantastic little neighborhood restaurants, bars, shops, markets, and hostels to explore. One of my more interesting afternoons was spent talking with a couple of monks for a few hours at a temple where they provided me with a great overview of their structured daily life, the teachings of Buddha, and life in Thailand overall. They had many questions about the U.S. economy and the upcoming presidential election. I spent the second hour helping them with their English reading and pronounciation as part of their afternoon study session. West of Chiang Mai is the small hillside town of Pai, which is reached via a very curvey road. It's a very laid-back town popular with backpackers and artist-types. It's a nice place to just relax in a bungalow along the Pai River and also a great place to rent a bike and explore the nearby villages.

      CENTRAL THAILAND

      Sukhothai and Kampaeng Phet in central Thailand contain some great ancient temples and both have been designatd world heritage sites by UNESCO. The ancient ruins are just as impressive as those found in Ayutthaya (visited last year). For my visit to Sukhothai, I stayed in nearby Phitsanuolok which is a very comfortable city on the Nan River which also contains some nice temples and restaurants. One of the highlights was getting a Thai massage right in the nice park next to the river for only 100 Baht an hour (3 dollars!). Kampaeng Phet is located southwest of Sukhothai and is a bit further off the normal tourist path. The small town itself is definately a Thai town, as there are very few signs in English. Kanchanaburi is a few hours west of Bangkok in the mountains fairly close to the border with Myanmar. Another nice town, it is located on the bank of the River Kwai with a number of interesting sites both in town and in the vicinity. In town, there are a couple of war memorials and cemetaries for foreign soldiers who died during work on the Death Railway during World War II while imprisioned by the Japanese. The railroad includes the famous Bridge over the River Kwai (as in the famous book and movie). An hour or so outside of town is Erawan National Park, which includes Erawan Falls, a seven-tiered waterfall surrounded by jungle which is simply gorgeous. At the base of many of the falls are small swimming lagoons, some of which also include natural rock slides. Lopburi, located about four hours north of Bangkok, is a city beseiged by monkeys. They are absolutely everywhere....on the sides and tops of buildings, on telephone lines, on the sidewalks and streets (even crossing busy intersections), underneath fire trucks in the fire station, and at two of the ancient temples in the middle of town.

      SOUTHERN THAILAND

      The area south of Bangkok between the Andaman Sea and the Bay of Thailand is blessed with beautiful green mountains,jungle, and fine beaches. Hua Hin is lively city on Bay of Thailand about three hours from Bangkok. It has long golden beaches and is a good place to break up journey between Bangkok and Krabi. Krabi, Phang Nga, and Ao Nang are located on, or close to, the Andaman Sea. The area around Ao Nang is stunningly beautiful with great beaches and limestone peaks that drop straight down into the water and right onto the beaches. I took a great boat ride over to some nearby beach resorts (Railay Beach). One of my excursions from Krabi brought me to the Tiger Cave temple. To get to the temple at the top of the mountain requires a trek up 1,237 steps....which I had to climb in the hot/humid sun. Along the trail, monkeys are everywhere. I then made my way back over the Bay of Thailand to the island of Ko Samui which has different areas for different folks. The north end of island at Maenam Beach looks across at Ko Pha Ngan island and is more serene with few people and long white beaches lined with nice beach cottages/bungalows. On the east side of the island are the more developed tourist towns of Chaweng and Lamai, both of which have fine beaches and turquoise colored waters.

      As always, Thailand was an incredible experience...it is a real special place. The Thai experience is best summarized by the folks at Lonely Planet, who definately "get it" when they state in their SE Asia guidebook that "...the Thai experience enters the sole. The hardest part of the trip is working out how much longer you can extend your stay and how long it will be before you return." It is so true. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.

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  • Golden Scarf Golden Scarf

    • From: cspaid
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      Picture is taken at the old capitol of Ayutthaya in Thailand. Someone had made an offering of a gold scarf.
    • 6 years ago
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