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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Ayutthaya - October

A quick overnight trip to Ayutthaya. For work. Really.


 Lunch stop in Khao Yai at Dairy Home

Wat Chai Wattanaram








A recent Thai historical drama featured this wat. It has become popular for Thais to dress up in traditional attire (available for rent) in which to have their photos taken.


Plaster wall decoration



Cycling Back to the Hotel


Wat Suan Luang Sopsawan

Unknown Restored Ruins

Baan Tye Wang


This is a wonderful little guest house in a beautiful restored wooden home (with a modern addition for the rooms).


Happy Hour in the Garden

Dining Area

Wooden House Window

The second floor of the wooden house contains a number of antiques and artifacts






Upstairs door

Wat Phra Ram


Wat Phra Ram

Wat Thammikarat


This wat has a currently active monastery and still serves the local community. This monk was kind enough to answer my questions

The Buddha image is probably several hundred years old as is the ubosot in which it is house.



Reclining Buddha - about 800 years old



Wat Ratburana




Corbeled Arch - The Siamese, like the Khmer, never developed the true arch and instead used a Corbeled Arch


 Wall paintings in crypt (กรุ - underground hiding place) where several tiny Buddha relics were found

Ceiling of crypt








Friday, September 28, 2018

Diving at Losin in Pattani

Losin is a marvelous dive site which is located in Pattani province about eight hours by boat (at 7 knots) due east of Songkhla.


Evening at Songkhla harbor

Songkhla harbor sunset

Losin dive site map
The light is on the northwest pinnacle

Losin light on a dreary day
Amazing that the light actually works

Losin sunrise

Losin

Tapana Catamaran dive deck with Losin light

Dive deck chaos

Chef Bom prepares sushi

Mam contemplating mango and sticky rice

Barbecue night with Chef Bom

Losin sunset

Losin sunrise

Losin sunrise

Losin sunrise

Songkhla harbor in the early morning

Dive boat crew

Songkhla harbor

Songkhla harbor

Tapana Catamaran boat crew hero

Dive group
Far, Michael, Mam, Michael, Link and Ing

Happy diver

Dive Computer Near Disaster


After one dive the strap on my Suunto D4i began to disintegrate. I tried to hold it together with a cable tie and some dental floss.

After the next dive it completely fell apart.

I devised this great high tech solution in order to continue diving.