(there are more images of Thailand on my website)
After several semesters of being in school and not traveling, I was able to visit Bangkok and its surroundings. Being my first trip and not having done much to prepare myself, I let the city wash over me, at least the heat did. 90°+ and it was early January. Must be crazy hot in June. I loved the intensity of the city. So many things to look at. So many scams to avoid. I loved all the amazing temples, all the glamma, the night life, and the contrasts. It was kinda incredible to be in a country that truly love their king and queen after coming from the U.S. where 1/4 of the country openly loathes the President, or at least that’s how it seems during the election year. Well I’ve rambled on enough, let’s get to some photos.
Here’s one of the night markets in Silom and off to the right is the go-go bars that cater to the tourists who are looking for love in all the wrong places. The signs lays it all out, no doubt about that, but I’d rather get the t-shirt advertising Chang beer!
A more genteel excursion was to the Grand Palace where their were hoards of tourists but the place is so immense that everyone fit in the series of palaces and temples without it seeming too crowded. This photo is of only one of the several rows of golden buddhas found in one part of the Palace grounds.
After a few days in Bangkok, we took the bus to Pataya, which Maurice visited a dozen years ago. Unfortunately this place was rather more intense when it came to international liaisons than Bangkok. Fortunately we caught the boat over to Ko Lan, a nearby island with beautiful beaches and a much more relaxed pace. Here a picture of the beach where we spent a lovely afternoon just chilling out.
We stayed the night on the island after most of the day trippers had left. As we were going around the island on a motorcycle, we came across this amazing older temple as the sun went down. Not too far away there was a soccer game being played by a group of kids and being watched by many people in the village.
After we got back to Bangkok we went on another excursion outside the metropolis. We tried to float along the floating market which inspite of myself found it to be quite visually rich.
But my favorite excursion was to Ayutthaya, a historic city with palaces and many temples and religious sites. This pictures shows one of the older sites, that just amazed me. Next time I go back to Thailand, I want to visit and stay longer in Ayutthaya.
The last image that I’m showing is a that of the reflection of a temple as mirrored in some mosaic tiles. It captures the whirl of activity and color that my first visit to Bangkok included.