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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Thailand)

The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha a.k.a Wat Phra Kaeo (Thailand)



Here is an essay in photos we got after trekking the vast area of the Grand Palace in Thailand from here up to there despite the heat of the Sun. Not captured were the important artifacts in the museum, like the king's robe made of gold thread. The antiquity of the Emerald Buddha (dressed in summer, rainy and winter season) is awesome. The grandeur of the Grand Palace is beyond words.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

TIME'S 25 Authentic Asian Experiences

25 Authentic Asian Experiences

From taking in the towering mountain ranges flanking the Karakoram Highway to a tall, pink glass of air bandung, here are 25 places to go, people to see and things to try across Asia
 
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Worship the Moon at Loy Krathong

THAILAND

After local tourism authorities get their hands on them, Asian festivals can quickly veer into twee territory. But Loy Krathong, the full-moon festival in the 12th month of the Thai calendar, remains magical. After nightfall, locals send candlelit and flower-strewn floats made of banana leaves down rivers to represent relinquishing one's negative emotions for the upcoming year. Otherworldly schools of lantern balloons are also dispatched into the sky. In big cities, firework displays complete the show. Next Loy Krathong: November 2010.
— By Hannah Beech

Find Your Own Beach in Boracay

PHILIPPINES

The outside world discovered the Philippine island of Boracay back in the 1970s, but this tiny isle less than an hour's flight south of Manila (followed by a quick ferry ride) has managed to retain an air of Crusoe-esque seclusion. To get away from the small but growing crowd, stay at one of the resorts at either end of White Beach, where rooms open right onto open stretches of luxurious white sand. And if that isn't quite isolated enough, rent a bike and cycle for 20 minutes to the amazingly quiet Pukka Beach on the north end of the island, where you'll almost certainly be the only person splashing around in the azure sea. As other Asian beach destinations reach saturation point, Boracay's popularity is rising steadily; an international airport for the nearest mainland town has already been tabled. So suit up and get to Boracay before the hordes do.
— By Chengcheng Jiang

Saturday, May 15, 2010

One beach day in Pattaya City, Thailand

L-R Happy Bads arriving at the Coral island, Steven (with his Songkran watergun) and Bads enjoying a night walk back at the city, Bads made to pose by your truly under the mushrooming umbrellas, and the author posing at the entrance of Ceasar's Palace Hotel. Here's a link to my Facebook Album for more photos...
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One beach day in Pattaya City, Thailand

        An array of sights in the beach of Pattaya City. Coral Island is off from the city of Pattaya and can be reached via a 30 minute boat ride, punctuated by a quick para sailing experience which costs 350 baht only and mind you, my friend says it was worth a try. 



      Pattaya is a busy tourist area that is why there are many foreigners enjoying the water guns for the Songkran Festival and the shore is lined with umbrellas, open in the morning and folded by sunset. Lining the city were series of stores, restos of all cuisines, malls, and bars divided by streets identified by the number of the road or soi. We ate Pad Thai to die for there for only 60 baht a plate which serves two.



Here are some samples of Pattaya Beach Scenes and some seaside establishments...

                             
Some beach wears at the array of market stalls.
At Coral Island...She just accomplished her parasailing... She glows with happiness. We had Pad Thai here.

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Along Chaophraya River of Thailand

Chaophraya River is already outside Bangkok but it is very accessible as it is a major tourist destination. Along the river, one can see various temples, hotels, hospitals and other awesome buildings. Get a sampling of the photos I captured during our trip...

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This where we gathered to wait for the tour boat. Along the river, we saw some longtail boat, a fast and big vessel with lots of river commuters as well as solo travellers. Since we have a tour group, we were in a small boat called boat taxi...and we coursed through the river slowly...



This is the Wat Arun or The Temple of Dawn.
We climbed up the steep stairs and it feels like
we are going to the top of the hill to see heaven.
The skyline is beautiful and breathtaking! It pays to
climb when you get there...really a fascinating try.
This the Royal Museum Barge. This is where the state functions are sometime held. It also houses some important artifacts of the royal family. We passed by it along the way...
This is one of the facades of the Wat Arun. It is cambodian-inspired architecture. The details are so intricate and very interesting with lots of porcelain that appears to me to be designs of broken plates. The images are consistent all throughout from first up to third floor, if i may call it that way.

 
One temple we saw along the river.

Friday, May 14, 2010

At Sampheng Market

At Sampheng Market

Sampheng Market is located at the China Town area of Bangkok, Thailand and it is just a walking distance from our hotel, Grande Ville. Walking along the alleys of the market is one of the good means of observing Thai's ways of life. There are colorful dried fruits and nuts, sumptuous noodles we were hesitant to try then, lots of fruits and fruit juices, and many small stuffs to bring home. Here are the samplings of our photos:

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This is the commonly seen vendor on the street. They sell fruits and remarkably, the broiled, not boiled, eggs with sticks on them, so that they look like lollipops.



The Thai lady is packing her various biscuits for retail sale. The longer I stayed in the market, I can say that Thais are very resourceful and have efficient ways of doing things from peeling of pineapples, making fresh fruit juices and like this lady packing her biscuits








The not-so-ripe mangoes abound. Thais love to dip the green mango flesh to the pink mixture consisting of refined sugar with sliced red chillis.





 
The Thai woman (left) arranges her crackers, rice cakes and rice puddings colored with green, pink or yellow-orange. This the "kakanin" counterpart for Filipinos.
Another Thai woman systematically peeling samely sized pineapples. After removing the eyes, the woman will pierce it with a barbecue stick to make it into a fresh pine lollipop.



A Thai man displaying his freshly squeezed citrus and lemonade... It's so tempting especially that the sun is nearly sweltering hot!