Thursday Travel: The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace was the first sightseeing tour we had in Bangkok.

The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782. The king, his court, and his royal government were based on the grounds of the palace until 1925.

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The palace complex has a combined area of 218,400 square metres (2,351,000 sq ft), is situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and surrounded by four walls. It is made up of numerous buildings, halls, pavilions set around open lawns, gardens and courtyards.

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The architecture and colors are beautiful and details of each building are just remarkable.

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The peak tourist season in BKK begins in November and ends at the end of January. This year the peak time lasted until the first week of February due to the heavy tourists from China for Chinese New Year holidays.

Most group or private tours during this time of the year start as early as 7 am to avoid the city traffic and the afternoon heat. The Grand Palace certainly is the most popular place in BKK.

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Thank you for visiting!

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 28 – Happy

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I took these photos from a distance with my iPhone, I couldn’t see this young boy’s facial expressions from the distance, but thought his eye glasses was so cool.

I’m guess he was playing an online game and was thrilled about the score he got. What a happy moment!

Submitting to 52 weeks photo challenge week 28.

Thank you for visiting. 🙂

Looking Down

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These photos were taken from the airplane window when the plane was slowly descending for landing the Los Angeles International Airport.

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For Cee’s Fun Foto: Looking Down on Something

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Why does an airliner’s descent take so much longer than it’s ascent?

“… first it descends from cruising 36000 feet to 11000 and maintains it for 15 miles, then it further descends to say 6000 feet, makes 90 degree turn flies another few miles then descends to 2000 feet, makes another 60 degrees turn and flies until it reaches with the runway extended centerline, finally it turns another 20 degrees to align with the runway and then maintains 2000 feet another couple miles until specific point from which 3 degree glideslope will bring him right onto runway edge.” ~  Andrew Novikov

Happy Tuesday! 🙂

B&W Photo Challenges (Buddha Statues in Ayuttaya)

Cee’s B&W Challenge: Perspective

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Dozens of Buddha statues are placed on one side of the path of an old temple in Ayuttaya (the ancient city of Thailand). These statues are facing the temple; and each statue has its own expression.

For Cee’s Black and White: Perspective and Sally’s Mobile Photo Challenge.

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Have a wonderful week!

Against the Odds: Lean On Me

Against all odds, drought, soil condition, unpredictable weather… at the Tent Rocks, these trees not only have survived but are standing tall.

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Here, a trunk of a tree grows down to the ground then up (below); the survivability of nature is amazing.

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This dying tree is leaning on another tree.

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Lean on me when you’re not strong
I’ll be your friend, I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need somebody to lean on…

~ Bill Withers

WPC: Against the Odds

Related post: Tent Rocks, New Mexico

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Have a wonderful Sunday!

Buddha’s Head In Bodhi Tree Roots

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The head was one part of a sandstone Buddha image (at around the mid of 1600s) which fell off the main body onto the ground. Against the odds, it was gradually trapped into the roots of a constantly growing Bodhi tree.

WPC: Against the Odds

 

Thursday Travel: Joys Of Travel (Eating in BKK)

Eating in Bangkok (BKK) is an experience, a daily event. Every shopping mall has endless choices, including local food, street food, fast food, fine restaurants, and great international food selections.

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The international fast food section has a line of choices:

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Decisions, decisions… One day, we had a hard time to decide, so hubby and I ate in two restaurants for lunch. After eating, we had to go back to our hotel for a nap. 🙂

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Below is the famous Chinese restaurant, Din Tai Fu. There are three DTF in BKK.

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Here is a Thai restaurant:

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Many fine Japanese restaurants.

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This restaurant uses shelves decorated with bottles as dividers:

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Here is an eating area by the window with a view:

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Ice cream place is decorated nicely:

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A cool place to enjoy various chocolate!

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Everywhere is clean, beautiful, and pleasant.

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Normally the mall is crowded after 4 pm and very busy during the weekend. Major malls in BKK downtown are connected with the sky walk and rail, which was completed a year or so ago.

Happy Thursday!

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