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Monday, December 10, 2018

Bangkok December

Mam had an exam in Bangkok so we decided to make a weekend out of it. 

Buses lined up at the old Korat bus station

Construction of Motorway 6 at Lam Takhong Reservoir

Amazing machines

Chatuchak Market, Bangkok - I was looking for a new spirit house. No luck.

Glass balls at The EmQuartier, Bangkok

Erawan Shrine, Bangkok
These people are worshiping the Hindu creator God, Brahma

Central World

Mam at Central World

Us, Central World

Central World Panorama

Ratchaprasong Sky Walk

Gaysorn Village

Inside Gaysorn

Lakshmi shrine at Gaysorn

The EmQuartier

The EmQuartier Christmas Tree

Hair of the Dog Craft Beer Pub
I had their Liquid Lobotomy, brewed in Vietnam by Heart of Darkness

The Royal Oak Pub

Wonderful Ribeye Steak at The Royal Oak

Street food on Sukhumvit Soi 101

It's Breakfast!

Wat Dhammamongkol

Bang Nong Chin canal at Soi 101

Amazon Café at the Mor Chit Bus Terminal

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Ayutthaya November

Mam had work there, so we made two overnight trips to Ayutthaya

View of Lam Takhong Reservoir from Suan Muang Porn restaurant

Suan Muang Porn Restaurant

Highway Pak Chong PTT Petrol Station

Mam and Friend

Silp-pa Hotel, Ayutthaya

Silp-pa Hotel, Ayutthaya

Buddha Image Remains at Wat Ho Rakhang adjacent to Silp-pa Hotel

Mam at Silp-pa Hotel

Wat Phra Mahatat

Collection of headless Buddha images

Perhaps the most famous and most photographed Buddha image in Thailand

Wat Nok, just outside the grounds of Wat Mahatat

Ruined Bridge over Klong Tho Road, Ayutthaya

Chao Phraya River with sand barge and Wat Chai Wattanaram in the distance

Coffee Old City
Across From Wat Mahatat

Coffee Old City

Wat Phra Ram

What's left of a Buddha image in the "Defeating Mara" gesture

Main stupa.Two interesting plaster renderings of Buddha. Above the lintel is a reclining Buddha In the doorway a Buddha image in the "Pacifying the Relatives" gesture.

Wat Nok - Near Wat Mahatat

Coffee Old City
Across from Wat Mahatat

Brown Ale Pub Bar & Grill
Some craft beer and good food

Mam attacks my burger

Cafe Inn Factory
Pak Chong

Cafe Inn Factory

Cafe Inn Factory


This is a Corbel arch. All the bricks are horizontal. Neither the Thais nor the Khmer ever developed a tru arch. Both used the Corbel arch.

This true arch is at Wat Ho Rakhang. Thais began using the true arch after it was introduced by Europeans in the late Ayutthaya period.