Thailand, 2001 (map)


Chao Praya River

Wat Arun in the background

Bangkok temples

Close to the Royal palace in Bangkok, the present dynasty goes back 200 years.

Devotees

Incense burning area, an emerald Buddha resides in the temple on the left.

Chinese Buddha

The corpulent laughing Buddha in the Chinese style

Pagodas

Ornate pagodas

Reclining Buddha

Reclining indoors

Guards at the gate

Guards at the gate

Playing ball

A basketball court near the complex monastery

Cemetery

Members of the royal family are buried here

Sumptuous facades 

Literally dazzling

Shrine

A Hindu style shrine under a tree

Floating Market

Customers need to be in boats too

Canal shopping

Congested market

Vegetables

Floating vegetable shop

Hot food

Seafood frying on board

For 10 Bhat only!

It's a steal!

Boatman

Service with a smile

Goodies for sale

Comfortably ensconced

Floating shop

Slow day on the canal

Nice hat

What's out there?

Bodhisattvas

Around a temple in Ayuthaya

Tranquil spot

Nice spot for a little meditation

Ayuthaya ruin

Skeletal remains of a once glorious temple

Relaxing outside

With the usual modesty wrap

Ayuthaya temple

A temple complex in ruins

Sprawling ruins

Lots of Buddha statues on site

Five centuries old

Ayuthaya has 300 Buddhist temples in various stages of decay

Dust to dust

Faded glory

Sinhalese Buddha

Statue brought from Sri Lanka long ago

Complex entrance

Five centuries old remains of an Ayuthaya temple

Monumental pagoda

Apparently the tallest Buddhist monument in the world.

Tall & slim Buddha

Devotees before a tall statue of the Buddha

Bridge on the River Kwai

Story portrayed in the movie 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'

Railway track

150 miles or so from Bangkok, near the border with Burma

Built during WWII

The goal was to link Rangoon and Singapore

WWII cemetery

20,000 POWs and South Asian laborers died under the Japanese occupation of Thailand

Chillin' out

Reclining indoors

Lopburi temple complex

Over 500 years

Roadside shrine

At the site of a ruined temple, Wat Indra

King Narai's palace

Phra Narai Rachanivej built c. 1665. Built by a father Thomas, an Italian priest who was an expert in building forts and citadels before entering priesthood.

 



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