Who Put the Bang in Bangkok?

Bangkok, Thailand

April 28, 2008

Who put the bang in Bangkok?

Not the “entertainers” in Patpong, certainly. I even skipped that entirely. I turned in early instead for a day of temple-hopping. And was I glad I did!

The Look of Nirvana: The Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho

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Stupendous Stupa

Bangkok, Thailand

April 28, 2008

Some looked like they were flipping the bird. Others were like bells with their pointy handles jutting out. Some were dome-shaped, others cylindrical and needle-like. Some were merely a few meters taller than I, others towering landmarks in the city. All were 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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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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