Photo of the Week: Prayer

IMG_5642Sukhothai, Thailand

Sukhothai was the capital on the once mighty Kingdom of Siam, which flourished in the 13th and 14th centuries. This prosperous period is considered the golden age of Thai civilization.  Today, all that remains of the kingdom is the 45 sq km historical park that contains the ruins of ancient sites. 

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Photo of the Week: Chedi

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Ayutthaya, Thailand

Ayutthaya, located about 80 km north of Bangkok used to be a bustling Siamese capital.  After it was attacked and destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century, it was never rebuilt.  Nowadays, the sleepy market town stands as an archeological site with many ruined temples and palaces that give visitors an idea of its past splendor.

Walking around the courtyards, we encountered many headless figures of Buddha adorned in orange silk, sitting serenely under the shade.  The heads were lopped off by looters after the city was destroyed and left defenseless and sold to private collectors.  At Wat Phra Si Sanphet remain the three grand chedis that are believed to contain the relics and ashes of Ayutthaya’s greatest rulers. This photo was taken at the top of the steps of one of the temples.

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Photo of the Week: Hill Tribes

IMG_2283Mae Hong Son, Thailand

This photo was taken on our trip around Thailand.  We visited the northern hill tribes near the northern city of Chiang Rai.  These indigenous people live the simple lives in remote villages where their livelihood revolves around farming and livestock. The tribes have been welcoming and hospitable to visitors, giving us the unique opportunity to see the ways of life which have been forgotten in the Western world. The tribes women are selling handmade crafts to help supplement their earning. This very happy lady was showing us her colorful bead work and insisted that I try on the traditional hat.

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Photo of the Week: Bedazzled

IMG_1169Bangkok, Thailand

For the last few weeks my sister has been traveling around Thailand, which makes me nostalgic for this great country.  I miss the friendly people, the cheap food, and of course the $2 foot massage.  

I went through my old photos and found this one taken at the dazzling Grand Palace in Bangkok. The palace is made up of numerous buildings, halls, and pavilions set around gardens and courtyards.  This was the royal residence for over 150 years.  These intricate golden Garuda and Naga grace the outside of the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

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Photo of the Week: Offering

IMG_3039Chiang Mai, Thailand

A visit to the ancient city of Chiang Mai is not complete without a stop to one of its 300 temples. The wats come in all different shapes and sizes, some are conspicuous with their glittering gold statues while others are crumbling and receded back into history.  Each one is filled with wafting incense smoke as people came to make their offerings and pay their respects to Buddha. 

This gold bowl with beautiful mums, reminiscent of the orange robes worn by the monks caught my attention.  I love the pop of colors against the whitewashed walls. 

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Photo of the Week: The Beach

IMG_6508Koh Phi Phi, Thailand

Koh Phi Phi island was made famous in the movie and the book, “The Beach.” The story talks of a pristine island in the Gulf of Thailand, uninhabited and forbidden; on which there lies a beautiful hidden beach and lagoon – walled in by cliffs and untouched by the tourist industry. As we landed on the island, we were disappointed to see that the once pristine beach is over-run by tourists and the clear water glistens with oil slicks from the motor boats that truck people in and out every day. 

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Photo of the Week: Beach Day

IMG_6625Koh Khai, Thailand

It’s really hot here in New York, which makes me wish I was at the beach.  So today’s picture of the week will hopefully transport me and you to the beautiful Koh Khai island, Thailand.  This tiny piece of paradise is where the blue sky meets the soft sand and crystal clear water.  In fact, the water was so transparent, you can see the school of fish mingling with people that wade in the water.  On the beach, colorful umbrellas and chairs were set up for tourists to visit for the day.  

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