We started our trip up the Chao Praya, the River of Kings, to ‘Ayutthaya’ (the ancient capital ) aboard the Grand Pearl Cruise boat. We travelled past ‘Wat Arun’, the Grand Palace, princesses’ and prince’s residences, many temples, and Singha brewery (which Gary says is as every bit a national monument!).
The population of the Bangkok metropolitan area is around 15 million. Our cruise on the river was very enjoyable, even with a jazz saxophone player, who when he started to play the theme from “Titanic!” we all looked up river for any impending disasters. Great feast for lunch, and stunning scenery all along the river.
King Rama bridge over the Chao Praya
REALLY LOW BRIDGE!
“low bridge — everyone down”
Shrines along the way
Nice houses along the river
A transport barge? A home? Both!
The Summer Palace ‘Bang Pa In’
A visit to the summer palace at ‘Bang Pa In’ was a treat, away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, city with spectacular grounds and buildings.
Tower built to look for the famous Thai White Elephants
No “White Elephants” here, but many green ones.
Kitchen built by King Rama IV who loved to cook for his commoner friends. Would NEVER do to entertain them in the palace itself.
An ornate Chinese style palace,
‘Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun’, was presented to the King of Siam (Thailand) by the Chinese in 1889
Everything inside the palace was from China — Exquisite from floor to ceiling
We visited four different Wat sites in the Ayutthaya area. All different; all very unique.
Lots of fun climbing steps!
‘Wat Mahathat’ — the Buddha ‘s head was separated from its body and dropped to the ground, where where legend has it the tree grew around it to protect it.
‘Wat Chai Wattanaram’ — considered the Sunset Temple. And it was a beautiful one this fine evening that we were here.
More of the “Sunset Temple”
This statue is used a lot in shops to invite customers in to . . . . “buy, Buy, BUY!”
Buddha…..who else 🙂
Cambodian/Khmer temple style: under restoration
Cute boys from Bangkok visiting the Wat. Notice the 4-yr old playing on a cell phone. We see parents everywhere use their phones to keep kids entertained.
These women are making peanut crackers in a pot of hot oil. These things are addictive. Eat ’em hot….Yummy!