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Travel Photo Thursday — July 28, 2011- Monks Chanting, Wat Bupparam, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Posted by on Jul 28, 2011 in Thailand Sandbox, Travel Photo Thursday, Uncategorized | 20 comments

Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. I’m here in Chiang Mai, my home away from home, where despite it being the rainy season the weather is amazing. Hot enough to enjoy the pool everyday, but not too hot.

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Early last evening as I was heading out for a bite to eat, and to pick up a few things for my Dad’s “Chiang Mai goodie box”, I walked by Wat Bupparam on Thapae Gate Road just as the monks were beginning an evening chant. Buddhist Lent, one of the most important seasons for Buddhists, started about a week ago, so there are lots of opportunities to hear the beautiful chanting. I sat on a bench that looked directly into the temple, and quietly listened for a while. Getting lost in the chanting is magical for me. Then I took a few photos through the temple door. Anyone taking shots of these events needs to use their common sense. This is a ceremony, and photographers should never intrude. I took all my shots from the bottom of the steps, and the side window. Had I gone to the top step I would have been standing directly over a monk. Not a good think to do in the middle of a ceremony (or anytime for that matter). I was still able to get some special shots, like this one.

One more unexpected, free, special moment for this budget traveler on her journey.

Monks Chanting, Wat Bupparam

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Through the Sandbox Lens, #30, Buddhism Meets Technology in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Thailand Sandbox, Through the Sandbox Lens, Uncategorized | 10 comments

I took this shot last winter at a temple in Chiang Mai. This young monk was so intent on whatever was happening on his cell phone I’m sure he had no idea that I took this photo. These days its quire common to see Monks walking around with the latest gadgets. I wonder what the Buddha would say about monks using all the latest technology; a long way from the traditional “begging” bowl.

Buddhism Meets Technology

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Bush and Bin Laden Traveling Together — Can it Be?

Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Thailand Sandbox, Uncategorized | 8 comments

Just on the outskirts of Chiang Rai, Thailand’s northern most city, is Wat Rong Khun (or the White Temple). This is Thailand’s newest temple, and definitely like no other temple in the Kingdom. When you walk into the main hall you are greeted by painted scenes referencing the 911 tragedy. While photos are not permitted, postcards are available. My favorite….

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Through the Sandbox Lens #23 — Wat Rong Khun

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Thailand Sandbox, Through the Sandbox Lens, Uncategorized | 10 comments

I spent this past weekend seeing the sights in and around Chiang Rai, which is Thailand’s most northern city. This trip is worthy of several blog posts, and they will happen. However, I wanted to post this shot of Wat Rong Khun, or as it is more commonly known “The White Temple.” This temple is the work and vision of Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat. He has dedicated his life to building this temple. However, it will not be completed in his life time To describe this temple and the vision behind it is no easy task.

In the words of the artist….

“Money and possessions are insignificant. They are not mine, but are only make-beliefs. Merits belong to me; therefore, money is of no value to me. Money is valuable only as a way to make merit for further journey of the soul.”

Budget travelers will be happy to know that there is no admission charge. The temple closes promptly at 5pm, and has the cleanest bathrooms I have ever seen in Thailand!

(To see a large version of this shot click on the photo……(you won’t be disappointed!)

Wat Rong Khun

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Travel Photo Thursday, January 20, 2011 — A Tuk-Tuk Gone Wild!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in Thailand Sandbox, Travel Photo Thursday, Uncategorized | 7 comments

Thursday has arrived in sunny Bangkok, and it’s time for TRAVEL PHOTO THURSDAY. To join in the fun simply post a photo on your blog. Return here and place your link in the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this post. Please remember to leave a comment after you link. Finally, if you have a few moments, visit the others who have linked. Perhaps you can give them a tweet, a stumble, or a comment on their TRAVEL PHOTO THURSDAY.

If you do tweet a shot, please use the hashtag #tpThursday.

Bangkok and the tuk-tuk go together like apple pie and ice cream; impossible to think of one without the other. The “stretch” tuk-tuk gives a whole new meaning to the limousine and brings it in to the world of the budget traveler!

A Limo for the Times? >

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Beat Those Cold Weather Blues ……………..

Posted by on Nov 29, 2010 in Indonesia, Sandbox Photography, Thailand Sandbox, Uncategorized | 16 comments

Ten beach shots to warm you…………………………………………………….

Mowan Beach, Lombok is definitely off the beaten track To sink you toes into its powdery white sand you’ll need your own transportation. I hired a driver for a day, and spent most of the afternoon at this stunning, deserted beach. A popular surfing beach with the locals, the surf was tame that day. There is no shortage of locals who will offer their driving services. Ask the hotel for a recommendation; especially if you’re female. Let them know when you do go out touring, and an idea of when you’ll return.

(Click on each photo to see a larger version.)

Mawun Beach, South Lombok

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Mowan Beach, Lombok, Indonesia

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Gili Meno is the second largest of the Gili Islands. The cheapest way to get there from Lombok is a five dollar boat from the local dock. The entire island is a sandy beach; a sun worshipers paradise. You’ll also find good snorkeling, with equipment for rent at prices that won’t break the budget.

Picture Perfect Day -- Gilli Meno

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Koh Wai, Thailand is a little piece of paradise off of the coast of Koh Chang. Most of the snorkeling trips stop here for an hour or two of fun in the sun.

Koh Wai, Thailand

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Located in Krabi, Southern Thailand, this beach is also a popular stop for snorkeling tours leaving from Koh Lanta. A beautiful spot to spend an hour or two just laying in the water and basking in the sun. I don’t think the beach even has a name!

Southern Thailand

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“Maya Beach”, Krabi Thailand; where  “The Beach” was filmed. I took this shot on my first trip to Thailand. I was there during the low season, so as you can see there were no crowds. Several years later I stopped there again (another snorkeling trip), and the beach was packed. Some enterprising person was also charging 200 baht (about $6.00), if you wanted to actually walk on the beach. I recommend you visit during low season; few people, and probably no cover charge. Deserted or overflowing with people, it is an awesome beach. Most snorkeling trips leaving Ao Nang beach will stop here.

Maya-Beach, Southern Thailand

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Mabul Island, off of the coast of Sempora, Malaysia, is a divers and snorkelers paradise. When you want a rest from being below the water take the time to explore and catch some sun on the pristine white sand beaches.

Bliss

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Ko Kradon, off the Trang coast, is famous for its underwater weddings. There is one resort on the island, and it definitely does not cater to the budget traveler. However, the powder white sand beach is public, with free access.

Thailand Paradise

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Two hours outside of Bangkok is the sea side town of Hua Hin. This is where Thai’s royal family has their summer residence. The beach is fantastic for beach walking from early morning to night. You can rent a chair for a couple of dollars for a siesta in the sun. Horses are available. There are a number of  sea view restaurants with good food at reasonable prices. Hotels range from budget to five star. There’s  also a great  downtown night market, if you want to do some shopping.

HuaHin Thailand

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White Sands Beach, Koh Lanta………………This is an awesome beach for swimming, walking, and lounging.

On the Beach, Koh Lanta, Thailand

These are my ten favorite beaches in Asia. Do you have a favorite?

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