Stupendous Stupa

Bangkok, Thailand

April 28, 2008

Some look like they’re flipping the bird. Others are like bells with their pointy handles jutting out. Some are dome-shaped, others are cylindrical and needle-like. Some are merely a few meters taller than you, others are towering landmarks in the city. All ornate in colorful designs yet with a common distinct architecture. I had not seen so many of them until I got to Bangkok.

Welcome to Stupa Land: Wat Pho, Bangkok

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A River of Religions

Bangkok, Thailand

April 28, 2008

A trip to Bangkok would not be complete without taking to a river. Bangkok is, after all, the “Venice of the East.” Due to limited time, I reluctantly skipped the Floating Market in Ratchaburi. But I took time for Chao Phraya River, the aorta at the heart of Bangkok.

Wat Arun Panorama

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Thai Me Up, Thai Me Down

Bangkok, Thailand

April 26 – 29, 2008

Portrait of King Bhumibol

After about 12 hours on the road (from Siem Reap, Cambodia) and a serious case of backpacking burn-out, we finally arrived at our last stop, Bangkok. Sawasdee! Road-weary, sleep deprived, and with Cambodian dust press-powdered on our faces, we just hoped for some downtime from roughing it out for almost a week in two countries. Thailand did cut us some slack, but our short stay had its ups and downs.

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