Adieu

 

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My Ayuthaya Tour in Photos, part 1

I’ve been meaning to visit the old capital of Thailand, Ayuthaya but only the past week that I had a decent time to enact the plan.
The city is called Phra Nakhon Si Ayuttha or Ayudhaya. It’s actually the second capital of Thailand after Sukhothai. I’m not very familiar of Thailand history but that was what I heard from the tour guide. Though I’ve watched the movie Sukhothai and King Naresuan, I vaguely understood the entire story of Thai ancient times.

At the Ayuthaya historical Park
The only photo of me that I like when I was there 😀
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Chedi
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More Buddhas wrapped in yellow-orange cloth
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another picture of me. i thought of using this as entry for photo challenge contrast but changed my mind 🙂
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I love these tall pillars covered with bricks…
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especially this scene where a statue of a Buddha is put in the center among these pillars
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local tourists take a leisure time before or after their visit and incense offering in the nearest temple too
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It was really hot that day but it did not stop me from strolling and discovering the ancient city
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This head/ face of a statue lay for a very long time that a tree had all its time to cover it with roots
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Actually this area shows statues of bodies headless or armless… More photos about them in my next post.
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Chedi, soon totally brick-less 🙂
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I think they call this ‘prang’. All made and surrounded with bricks and beautifully built.
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Another ‘prang’ with different design…still with bricks.
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close up side of one of the ‘prangs’
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Monkey faces on the wall, who’s the scariest of all?
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These bells create a melodic sound when struck skillfully. I saw a monk stopped by before I get here and he played a tune, so brief that he’s already gone when I reach to take a video or photo
Sister try to imitate the monk…

I enjoyed the trip in Ayuthaya as well as the food we had. The city is generally peaceful and people are friendly. I only complained about the humidity on the day we went there. It was terribly hot! I guess the heat abate my enthusiasm. 😦 But looking at my photos made me think that the trip was worth the heat and beat after all! At first I really expect something more like waterfalls, more floating markets and vast gardens but the tour guide only get us to series of temple stops until we get tired and decide to go home. I sound discontented but not really. The temples we visited depict the true history and ancient culture of Siam which was the most important thing to experience and see in person.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second

For this week’s challenge, we want you to become a documentary photographer and attempt to capture a candid moment of a person, place, or thing. Put your National Geographic hat on and tell a story by documenting a moment in time through a single image. Capture the thrill of a skate park, or the calmness of a café patio. Let your imagination inspire and guide you!

A second to winning

 

My first time to watch a rugby game so I took a lot photos. This one is my favourite when the player chased by two others are in just few inches to home base and only few seconds to touch the ground…

Suan Rot Fai Park, Bangkok

DSC_1730I had the chance to visit my favorite park again last December holidays, the Suan Rot Fai Park. I wanted to visit downtown Bangkok but the threats of rallies and protests of red shirts party prevent me from pursuing my plans so I decided to take a second stroll at Suan Rot Fai Park or the Wachira Benthat Park. I’ve been there once but I vowed to see it again because I was literally amazed of this massive park. The last time I was there was unexpected and I wasn’t able to tour around well.

This time I was with two friends and it looked amazing than before. It has children’s playground, butterfly garden, fitness center, lake and ponds, fields of roses, cosmos, lotuses and other flowers. This park is great for picnic and relaxation. Anyone can bring the family at this leisure park and bring food that can be from your own kitchen or from the vendors at the entrance area.

The only way to get a full tour around the serene recreational area is to rent a bike at the entrance. You can use the bike the whole time you spend inside and return it before going home.

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The first stop we took inside the park was the Bangkok Butterfly Garden. There’s no entrance fee so anyone can get in, take photos and check at the butterflies. We saw a lot of butterflies though it looked they’re of one kind only. I expect to see a variety. 🙂 However, we’re glad to see how they preserve and maintain the place.

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We spent almost the whole day biking around the park. But there’s an area where bikes are not allowed so we had to walk. We didn’t feel the 37°c heat of the sun until we finished the walk 2 hours later.


The reason why I really wanted to go back is to see the flower beds and lotuses closely. Unfortunately, the lotuses are not in bloom this time. But still I enjoyed our tour and got to see the beautiful sights of Suan Rot Fai Park again! 🙂

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Caught in Quotes: Character

“A fair reputation is a plant, delicate in its nature, and by no means rapid in its growth. It will not shoot up in a night like the gourd of the prophet; but, like that gourd, it may perish in a night.”

Jeremy Taylor

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