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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Cha Am September 2018

We spent a night in Nakhon Pathom on the way to Cha Am

Diary Home restaurant in Pak Chong near Khao Yai National Park

Pad Thai Tortilla and Steak

Vanilla Sky restaurant in Nakhon Pathom. They had a huge selection of craft beer in cans and bottles. This is Mirror Pond Pale Ale on tap.

Nice to have a hotel that understands our charging needs.

Campus of Silpakorn University in Nakhon Pathom

Tom N Tom's Coffee at Silpakorn University

Construction of the Baba Beach Hotel high rise at Thew Talay Estate in Cha Am

Construction of Shell station at Thew Talay Estate

Abandoned project on Cha Am side soi

Cha Am Little Shop and Resort

Waiting for the tide to come in

Sunrise from the Sky Lounge, Aquamarine, Thew Talay Estate

After a brief shower. Thew Talay Estate

My webcam also caught the rainbow

Wat Cha Am Kiri

I did my longish bicycle ride to Wat Cha Am Kiri and then on into the foothills above Cha Am

Steps up to the grotto at Wat Cha Am

View toward the sea. The big roof is the new ordination hall at Wat Cha Am

Grotto at Wat Cha Am

Many of these odd things on the wall outside the grotto

Statue of an ascetic (Phra Rusi)

Buddha image inside the grotto

Reclining Buddha further inside the grotto

Buddha image inside the grotto

Buddha image inside the grotto

Giant gong at the top of the steps up to the grotto

Passage through to the chedi cave

Chedi inside another cave

From Wat Cha Am I Headed to the Si Sattaya Priest's Camp Site

Main worship hall. Everything was in Chinese and I wasn't allowed to take photos inside.

Another building with lots of interesting stuff.

Sukhothai style Buddha Image

More stuff. Is that Jimi Hendrix in the framed photo?

This is Guan Im, which is what the Thais call the Buddhist bodhisattva of compassion

I told Mam I was on the way home, but hadn't yet decided on a route. She kindly sent me this Thai-style map showing the way.

This was at Wat Hup Kapong on the way home. Is it a Buddha image, Moai, or what?

Burial chedi at Wat Hup Kapong.

Lunch at Jit Pochana near Thew Talay Estate. This is chicken baked in pandanus leaves.

A compilation of almost all of my bicycle rides in and around Cha Am

Low Season at Cha Am Beach

Our breakfast spot on our last day.

Friday, August 16, 2019

Cha Am August 2019

Strange weather this month with a combination of sunny skies, overcast and the occasional heavy rain.

Water feature at Amazon Cafe, PTT filling station, Wang Noi

Huge clean restroom at the Porto Go, Tha Chin rest stop in Samut Sakhon

BaBa Beach Club high rise hotel building. So happy to see that it will not block the view from the Aquamarine Sky Lounge

Busy breakfast on the beach in Cha Am.

Shell Station under construction at the entrance of Thew Talay Estate. There will be a railroad themed restaurant.

Canopy being built over the fuel pump area.

Lao food at the Bluport Mall in Hua Hin.

Jit Pochana restaurant very close to Thew Talay.

Sometimes you need a burger.

Every trip to Cha Am deserves at lease one Sunrise photo.

Cycling To Wat Na Kwang Cave

Balast piled up for Thailand's dual track project.

"Please Don't Feed The Monkeys"

This, and other such warning signs, are routinely ignored. Just as I passed a band of Macaques someone threw a bunch of watermelon rind out of a car. Quickly devoured.

Up To The Na Kwang Reclining Buddha Cave

Inside the cave. The reclining Buddha is in front of the entrance to the rest of the cave complex. 

Statues of revered monks.

This image is of a ฤาษี (Rishi), a Vedic (old Sanskrit) term referring to an enlightened person or sage.

The reclining Buddha is in the U Thong style and probably dates from the 13th-15th century. 

Another view of the reclining Buddha

View of the cave from the reclining Buddha platform

I think this Buddha image is in the ปางปาลิไลยก์ (Retreat to LiLai Forest) gesture. Unfortunately, the bottom part of the image is either missing or wasn't made. This is the Buddha gesture for people born Wednesday evening. (Wednesday is the only day with two different Buddha gestures.)

The front of the cave is now blocked by this ugly fence and gate. Fortunately, it was unlocked when I was there and no one was around.

Buddha image just outside the cave.

On the way back I stopped at this deteriorating structure is called "Tham Khao Nang Nuan Dharma Practice Place" on Google maps. It is overrun with dogs and Macaques. A fortune teller works inside. He has a sling shot which he uses to fend off the monkeys.

Looks like it was once an interesting spot. Just a mess now.

I also stopped at Wat Nikhom Wachiraram to have a look at the old Chinese cemetery. I visit several years ago and the place was a mess with empty sarcophagus lying around and junk everywhere. It has now been cleaned up. 

Old brick tomb or chedi. Most are concrete. No idea how old this is.

Grave marker. Most Chinese are buried in tombs. No idea about this.

Chinese tomb that seems to have been stripped of all its decoration.

Most Chinese tombs look like this.

These chedi probably hold the ashes of non-Chinese Thais.

Cha Am South Beach - Low Tide, Low Season

A band of Macaques has taken up residence at the Cha Am Little Shop Resort and Restaurant

Cha Am Little Shop - Low Season