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Favorite Buddha Statues from Across Asia

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Myanmar, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 45 comments

Welcome to week 238 (07/23/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. When I think of Asia I almost always  think of Buddha statues, and the many that I have gazed at over the years. I don’t think I’ve ever been in an Asian country where I haven’t admired (and sometimes fallen in love with) one. This Travel Photo Thursday I am sharing with you some of my favorite Buddha statues from across Asia. 

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The sitting Buddha at Korea’s Mt. Seoraksan’s Shinhungsa Temple is huge. I think the second shots puts the statue’s height into perfect perspective.

 

Sitting Buddha, Shinhungsa Temple, Mt. Seorakson, Korea

 

This is one BIG Buddha!

 

Sitting Buddha, Shinhungsa Temple, Mt. Seorakson

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Elephant Nature Park, Chiang Mai

Posted by on May 27, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Featured, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 38 comments

Elephant Nature Park

Welcome to week 229 ( 05/28/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. This week I am taking you back in time (before this blog) to share my magical adventure at the Elephant Nature Park just outside of Chiang Mai. I spent two days and one night, and am still in awe that I got to feed, bath, and walk with elephants in the jungle. One of these days I will visit again. I think what holds me back is I wonder if the adventure will be as magical the second time around. I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed the experience.

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The day begins early, and the first stop is to pick up food for our big friends. One of the first things that I learned is that elephants LOVE to eat! Believe it or not, they can devour between 200 and 600 pounds of food in a single day!

 

Elephant Nature Park

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Beach Fantasies For This Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Destinations, Malaysia, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 16 comments

Welcome to week 222 (09/04/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Last week I had readers lusting over Korea’s beautiful spring flowers. Well the flowers are still around, but we are now into that fickle time of the year where the temps go up and down. Right now they are down, way down. Of course there is a remedy for that …let’s go to the beach. Here are some of my favorite Asian beaches, and all with lovely toe warming sand and bathing suit temps!

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Langkawi’s Cenang Beach…

Believe it or not I ended up getting a flight from either Bangkok or KL on Air Asia for a penny! I’m not sure if Air Asia still offers their penny specials, but back in 2009 and 2010 I managed to snag a couple. If Cenang Beach was a person, I would say it has multiple personality disorder. Go to the left and you are on the side with all the normal, everyday holiday folks. The right side of the beach definitely has a well worn feeling. At least I thought so back in 2009. Take a wander to the right and it’s ritzville all the way. There were lots of expensive hotels, and comfy beach chairs stretching for a half mile or so, and not a person in sight. The shot below was on what I dubbed the ritzy side. I love this strange looking tree right smack dab in the middle of the pristine white sand. I was also extremely tempted to hijack one of the comfy beach chairs, but I was too chicken! One of the prettiest Asian beaches I’ve had the pleasure to visit.

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Thailand: Ten Must-Try Thai Dishes and Foods

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Destinations, Featured, Food, Thailand, Thailand | 25 comments

 

The number of Thai dishes and food is mind boggling, but if you have an idea of what you’re looking for you will leave Thailand with some fantastic culinary experiences to talk about, and maybe even a dish or two that you can make at home to impress friends and family. When you’re in the Land of Smiles I highly recommend that you try each of these awesome dishes at least once.

1. Phad (sometimes spelled phat) Thai. This dish is a favorite among foreign visitors and when you taste it for the first time you’ll immediately understand why! Invented by a Chinese-Thai chef back in the 1930’s, you’ll find this in any Thai restaurant, but the best is almost always found in a street food stall or a small ‘hole in the wall’ restaurant that stakes their reputation on ‘their’ version. Usually available with a choice of chicken, pork, shrimp/prawn, or vegetarian. I don’t think I have ever seen it offered with beef.

Pad Thai, Chiang Mai Worm's Prison Restuarant

 

Sometimes it even comes with an egg wrapping (like this one).  I had  this egg-wrapped shrimp phad thai (above) at the women’s prison restaurant in Chiang Mai. Well worth a visit if you’re in the city looking for a good, inexpensive lunch. The outdoor food court at Chiang Mai Gate (right on the moat) is also home to a vendor that makes the best seafood Phad Thai I have ever eaten. I don’t have a photo of the stall, but it’s on the outer edge, and it says something like “Seafood Phad Thai” on the sign. However, here’s a photo of the dish. I loved the fact that they served it on a glass plate with ‘real’ cutlery. The tablecloth was a nice touch too. I think this one sold for about 40Baht a plate.

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Bangkok: Cooking with Poo for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Bangkok, Destinations, Food, Thailand, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 30 comments

Welcome to week 220 of Travel Photo Thursday. I spent this past Christmas in Bangkok doing one of my favorite things…cooking school! You may have done a double take at the title, but yes the name of the cooking school is Cooking with Poo, and the lovely owner and brilliant cook is Poo (short for “Chompoo” or rose apple). Poo takes any teasing about her name in good stride, and is always quick with a joke or a funny comment. Enjoy today’s tour of her cooking school and the delicious food that was made (some of it by me) last Christmas Day.

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Poo and her assistant waiting for the final students to arrive. We all met in the same place, so that kept any confusion to a minimum.

 

Poo Waiting for Students

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Chiang Mai: Delicious Ruam Mit for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Featured, Food, Thailand, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 38 comments

Welcome to week 219 (03/19/2015) of Travel Photo Thursday. Thais love their Khanom Wan Thai (dessert). This week I want to introduce you to one of my favorite Thai desserts, Ruam Mit. In fact, it could be my favorite! Sold from a family run stall in Chiang Mai’s Chinatown Wararot Market, I always make my way here every couple of weeks when I’m in Chiang Mai.

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Ruam Mit is a (delicious) mixture of a variety of different sweets, and (YES) vegetables. Floating in this delicious concoction, which has a faint flowery aroma, you will find tapioca balls (boba), corn, red beans, chunks of sweet potato, strips of shredded coconut, and (very sweet) gelatin strips. The mother and daughter team who run the stall, which is located just outside the entrance to Tom Lam Yai Market make huge stainless steel bowls of ruam mit everyday. I have never seen the stall empty of customers. I am sure it must be one of the most popular food stalls in the entire market, and rightly so!

Ton  Lam Yai Market

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