Bangkok

To continue the story of our escapades through Thailand….

View of Bangkok from one of its many canals

While Bangkok is a huge metropolitan city (population around 12 million), it has a unique blend of downtown skyscrapers and wooden family homes hugging the banks of the canals.

Houses along the canal

And, of course, temples

Fishing boat

As we were floating along the canals in a long-tailed boat, we came upon a gorgeous orchid farm…

… if you don’t already know, I love photographing flowers…

Unripened dragonfruit

Butterfly windchimes

Longboat captain

Flags of the king, religion and country

Chinese Buddha

This temple was beautifully adorned in pieces of painted pottery

These boundary stones are placed as a barrier between royal religious sites and the rest of the world

An appropriate posture refers to not pointing the soles of your feet towards the Buddha

 

Buddha's feet inlaid with mother of pearl

We then visited the royal summer palace; a surreal jump onto a European boulevard.

Tiled floor inside a Chinese pagoda at the palace

Another day trip from Bangkok was visiting Ayutthaya Province, a former capital of Thailand (from 1350 – 1767 when it was destroyed by the Burmese).

People ceremoniously cover the Buddha with blankets

When the Burmese invaded in 1767 they removed the heads from all of the Buddha statues; the statues were covered in gold and the Burmese were trying to determine if they were solid gold. The Burmese melted the outer shells and removed them so now only the concrete and brick is exposed.

And then there are always the markets…. 🙂

Green mango; sour, so they dip it in a mixture of sugar and chili

That night we had the exceptional experience of going to the sky bar overlooking all of Bangkok (an extremely luxurious, high end place that was a really fun one night outing!). Unfortunately it was difficult to get very good shots.

Of course we had to take a ride in a bright pink taxi 🙂

Dinner after the sky bar

This solid gold Buddha (and apparently the world's largest solid gold statue) remained intact after the Burmese invasion in the 1700s because it was encased in concrete; it wasn't discovered until 1955 when a chip of the concrete fell from the nose as the statue was being moved, exposing the solid gold Buddha underneath.

The Buddha is depicted slightly differently in Thailand than in Cambodia

This type of outside food stall is commonly seen throughout Cambodia and Thailand; popular for lunch

If you can believe it there was a 7/11 literally on every street corner in Bangkok; I have yet to see any in Cambodia

Statue of a beggar at Wat Phra Kaeo, the most sacred Buddhist temple in Thailand. This temple houses Bangkok's emerald Buddha

Mural on the inside walls of the royal palace in Bangkok

Fascinating

And suddenly, like the summer palace, you step into the inner section of the royal palace and you confuse your surroundings with a European vacation

With a bit of Asian flair

Royal guards and all

And finally.... I didn't know whether to cry or bring her home 🙂

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