BANGKOK continued

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.

Cruise Boat

Cruise Boat

modern bridge

King Rama bridge over the Chao Praya

REALLY LOW!

REALLY LOW BRIDGE!

low bridge -- everyone down

“low bridge — everyone down”

Shrines along the way

Shrines along the way

Nice houses along the river

Nice houses along the river

Barge

A transport barge?  A home?  Both!

SINGHA Brewery

SINGHA Brewery

The Summer Palace Bang Pa In

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 to look for white Elephants

Tower built to look for the famous Thai White Elephants

No "White Elephants" but many green ones

No “White Elephants” here, but many green ones.

Kitchen built by King Rama IV   who loved to cook for the commoners.

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 by the Chinese.

An ornate Chinese style palace,
‘Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun’, was presented to the King of Siam (Thailand) by the Chinese in 1889

Inside the palace

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.

Wat Prasrisanphet

‘Wat Prasrisanphet’

Lots of fun climbing steps!

Lots of fun climbing steps!

Wat Mahathat -- the Buddha 's head was cut off from the body and then dropped on the ground where the tree grew around it.

‘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 Prasrisanphet

‘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"

More of the “Sunset Temple”

This statue is used a lot in shops to invite customers in

This statue is used a lot in shops to invite customers in to . . . . “buy, Buy, BUY!”

Buddha

Buddha…..who else  🙂

Cambodian style

Cambodian/Khmer temple style: under restoration

Cute boys visiting Wat from Bangkok.  Notice the 4-yr old playing on a cell phone.  We have found parents everywhere we have been use their phones to keep kids entertained.

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.

The women are making peanut crackers in a pot of hot oil.  These are Yummy!

These women are making peanut crackers in a pot of hot oil. These things are addictive.  Eat ’em hot….Yummy!

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2 Responses to BANGKOK continued

  1. Pat says:

    Fantastic pictures and so good to see Gary smiling and looking good!!! You are two amazing people and look like your enjoying this “bucket list” adventure…

  2. kimandtracy says:

    I absolutely LOVE the photo of you at Wat Mahathat! You look like a couple of happy newlyweds! ❤

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