Travel Photo Thursday

Chiang Mai: Wat Ket Karam for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 10 comments

Did you know that there are over 300 temples in Chiang Mai? I have not made it my life mission to visit everyone, but I do enjoy a quiet wander through those that cross my path. This Travel Photo Thursday (our 211th) come with me to Chiang Mai’s Wat Ket Karam. Located across the Ping River, it’s a little off the beaten path, but not by much. In reality it’s only a short walk once you cross either of the downtown bridges.

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Wat Ket Karam in photos…

Entering the quiet grounds it’s hard to believe that the temple boasts a history of almost 600 years. Both the buildings and the grounds have been lovingly restored and maintained over the years.

 

Wat Ket Karam

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Chiang Rai: The Golden Triangle for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Chiang Rai, Destinations, Featured, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 23 comments

This past weekend I went on a meditation retreat in the very north of Thailand, close to the Thai city of Chiang Rai (The retreat deserves a post of its own.). Between the chanting and the meditation we did have time to do a bit of sightseeing, and we were treated to some awesome views of the South East Asia’s Golden Triangle. For this Travel Photo Thursday (#210/January, 15, 2015) here are some of the shots that I took that day from one of the viewpoints overlooking the Golden Triangle from the Thailand side.

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The Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is where the borders of Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand meet, and the Mekong River meets the Ruak. The official Thai name is  Saam Liam Thong Kham. However, to the locals it is simply known as Sop Ruak. Historically the area is known as being on of the largest producers of opium in the world. However, these days, about the only thing that is being cultivated (at least officially) is the tourist trade, and the casinos. Although gambling is illegal in Thailand, the Thais flock to the casinos; one in Myanmar and one in Laos. Small boats ferry the passengers to the casino of their choice.

Looking at the Myanmar border. The red roof marks the casino complex.

 

The Golden Triangle

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Bangkok: Taste of Thailand Food Tours for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Bangkok, Destinations, Food, Thailand, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 19 comments

Wherever travelers wander in Bangkok they’re surrounded by amazing food and local culture. However, the two aren’t always that easy to bring together, especially if you only have a few days in this fascinating city. Don’t despair, Taste of Thailand Food Tours are experts at uniting real food, real people, and a real community. You’ll be amazed at how much food, culture, community, and fun can be packed into four short hours. In this week’s Travel Photo Thursday (our 209th) photo essay I share my food tour experiences as we navigated Bangkok’s historic Bang Rak neighborhood; “The Village of Love”. On a side note: In case you’ve ever thought of getting married in Thailand, Bangrak is the most popular neighborhood for issuing marriage licenses, which peaks annually on Valentine’s Day :)

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Booking and paying for your tour is easy with Taste of Thailand’s online booking system. All tours begin at Saphan Taksin BTS Station (Exit 2). Tee, our guide for the morning, was ready to start promptly at 10am. After a few quick pointers, our group of 10 was eager to savor our first tasty morsels.

Curry puffs were the first item on our tasting menu, and we didn’t have far to go. Six flavors are on offer, and we each chose two. Decisions, decisions! I ended up sampling a mushroom and a coconut. Both were mouthwatering good, surrounded by melt-in- your- mouth homemade puff pastry that rivals your mama’s and grandmama’s.

Curry Puff Vendor/ Open 7am-12pm/ Saphin Tasksin/ BTS – Exit 3

Curry Puff Vendor, Bangrak, Bangkok,Thailand

Making the Curry Puffs, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand

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Happy New Year from Chiang Mai for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in Chiang Mai, Destinations, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 21 comments

Welcome to our 208th week of Travel Photo Thursday, and Happy New Year! Since arriving in Thailand I have literally not stopped. I have loved every minute of the last 2 weeks, and now I’m looking forward to a couple of days of relative solitude. I took this shot earlier today at the Chiang Mai moat, while walking home from a New Year’s Day lunch. This is my first shot of Chiang Mai in the new year, and my first shot of 2015.

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Late afternoon at the moat in Chiang Mai…

 

Chiang Mai Moat

 

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Bangkok’s Amulet Market for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 25, 2014 in Bangkok, Destinations, Featured, Thailand, Travel Photo Thursday | 22 comments

Few tourists leave “The City of Angels” (aka Bangkok) without wiling away at least a few hours in the “Old City”. If you’re checking out a map you may not find “Old City”. Instead, look for  the area called Rattanakosin located close to the Chayo Phraya River.  Here you’ll find the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (famous for its Emerald Buddha, numerous other temples, and a few museums. I’ve visited this area several times over the years, and have taken in the sights. This week I visited again with a different destination in mind, and that was the Amulet Market. Although, the market lies only steps away from the Grand Palace and Wat Pho many visitors never give it a second glance. Join me this Travel Photo Thursday  (week 207) as we enjoy the Amulet Market and all that it has to offer.

 

You’ll see evidence of the market as soon as you turn onto Maharat Road. The easiest way to get to here is to take the BTS to Saphan Taksin, then head to the Central Pier (2 minute walk and loads of signs). Hop a boat to Tha Chang Pier, and, once there, head through the outdoor market. If you’re like me, you might have to stop for fried bananas for some added energy! Turn left at the first street (Maharat Road), and you’ll immediately see evidence of the market on the sidewalk. On the left hand side of the road are the amulet sellers. On the right hand side you’ll find a plethora of traditional medicines on offer.

 

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Bangkok’s Amulet Market…

The stalls are basic with a table or two, and some stools. Some merchants even display their wares from ground level.

 

Amulet Market, Bangkok

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Daejeon’s Expo Bridge for Travel Photo Thursday

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Destinations, Featured, Korea, Travel Photo Thursday | 17 comments

I had to go out twice yesterday, and came back blue with cold. It was definitely the coldest day of the year here in Daejeon, so far. To confirm, I checked my weather app and it was -10c, and very windy! Needless to say, I am fast forwarding to Sunday when I will be arriving in balmy Bangkok. However, first, for this week’s Travel Photo Thursday (#206) I want to introduce you to Daejeon’s Expo Bridge. Trust me, these photos were taken when it was much, much warmer!

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I’m a morning person. Five o’clock on the dot (sometimes earlier) my feet hit the floor. While I might not be Chatty Cathy in the early morning, it is my favorite time of the day. I have always been lucky enough to live within a ten minute walk of Daejeon’s Gapcheon River, and I spend a lot of time there in the wee hours of the morning. A focal point of the river is the Expo Bridge, built in 1993 when Daejeon was host to the World Expo. The bridge sees only foot traffic, and connects to Expo Park (which is in the process of being torn down). Thankfully the bridge will remain.

 Expo Bridge early morning views…

What’s not to love about the glow of the early morning…

 

Expo Bridge, Daejeon, Korea

 

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A little later in the morning when the sun has fully risen…

This shot was taken in September, which is one of the best times of the year to visit. The brilliant blue skies are common this time of the year, and the summer humidity is pretty much a memory.

The tower in the background is the Hanbit Tower (often called “The Needle”). I’ve just realized that I’ve never visited the observatory at the top. Apparently, like the Expo Bridge, it will be incorporated into the building project that is underway. I must make a point of getting to the top one of these days!

 

Expo Bridge, Daejeon, Korea

 

One last view from above the river walkway…

 

Expo Bridge, Daejeon,Korea

 

The peace and serenity of this final shot is why I will always be an early riser (at least when it’s not -10c!)

 

Herons on the Gapcheon River, Daejeon, Korea

 

 

Travelers Tip 

While Daejeon is not a tourist mecca, there is certainly enough to do here to keep you happily entertained for a day or two. With a population of  (ONLY) 1.5 million the city will feel like a village after rubbing elbows with some of the ten million Seoulites for a few days. The KTX train can whisk you here in a mere 50 minutes, or if you prefer there is a two hour slow train or bus. If you want to experience early morning on the river, I recommend that you overnight.

Is Korea a destination that’s on your travel list?

 

This is the 206th edition of Travel Photo Thursday. You can browse the archives here.

 

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