Thailand


Long Tail


Thailand is the fulfillment of dreams of far off places, full of vibrant cities, culture, history, relaxing  beaches, and exotic jungles.  It's difficult to see a country that is so beautiful in so little time so we were only able to visit three places. We went first to Bangkok, and on the last day there we went on a trip to Ayutthaya Historical Park, the ruins of the former capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Then we went to Cambodia to visit Angkor Wat  Our post about Angkor Wat.  And lastly we stayed in Railay Beach and Koh Yao Noi in Phang Nga Bay.

- Thai Long Tail Boat - Krabi, Thailand -





Bangkok

Bangkok is a modern, vibrant city, and is a traveler's delight.


Buddha Toes

Buddha Toes
Bangkok, Thailand




Sit. . . . . Good Boy

Sit.....Good Boy
Bangkok, Thailand




Bangkok Clouds

Bangkok Clouds
Bangkok, Thailand




Bangkok Night

Bangkok Night
Bangkok, Thailand




Salty Fish

Salty Fish
Bangkok, Thailand

Although this market didn't smell the best, Thai food IS fantastic.




Phang Nga Bay

Railay Beach is a small peninsula in Krabi. It is accessible only by boat due to the high limestone cliffs cutting off mainland access. The cliffs not only attract rock climbers from all over the world, but is also popular because of its beautiful beaches.

Tree In The Light

Tree In The Light
Railay Beach, Thailand





Railay Rocks

Railay Rocks
Railay Beach, Thailand

(Our hotel is over where the tiny people are.)




Green Lights

Green Lights
Railay Beach, Thailand




Railay Clouds

Railay Clouds
Railay Beach, Thailand




Railay East

Railay East
Krabi, Thailand




Above Railay

Above Railay
Krabi, Thailand




Rubber Collection

Rubber Collection
Koh Yao, Thailand 

Thailand is the world's largest producer of natural rubber.




Ayutthaya

"Historic City of Ayutthaya Founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendour."
(From unesco.org)

Face of Ayutthaya

Face of Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya, Thailand




Ayutthaya Towers 

Ayutthaya Towers
Ayutthaya, Thailand




Inside Ayutthaya 

Inside Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya, Thailand

"Ayutthaya flourished from the 14th to the 18th centuries.

The city was ideally situated at the head of the Gulf of Siam, equi-distant between India and China and well upstream to be protected from Arab and European powers who were expanding their influence in the region even as Ayutthaya was itself consolidating and extending its own power to fill the vacuum left by the fall of Angkor. As a result, Ayutthaya became a center of economics and trade at the regional and global levels, and an important connecting point between the East and the West.

The Royal Court of Ayutthaya exchanged ambassadors far and wide, including with the French Court at Versailles and the Mughal Court in Delhi, as well as with imperial courts of Japan and China. Foreigners served in the employ of the government and also lived in the city as private individuals.

Downstream from the Ayutthaya Royal Palace there were enclaves of foreign traders and missionaries, each building in their own architectural style. Foreign influences were many in the city and can still be seen in the surviving art and in the architectural ruins."

(unesco.org)




Ayutthaya Sky

Ayutthaya Sky
Ayutthaya, Thailand




Buddha Door

Buddha Door
Ayutthaya, Thailand





Thailand

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