Archive for the tag 'temples'

Aug 22 2012

Wat Plai Laem, Ko Samui

Published by under Sights & activities

Sitting pretty on a lotus flower.

Wat Plai Laem may not be the oldest temple on Ko Samui, but it’s probably the most spectacular, and a good place to take children for a bit of Thai culture and a break from the beaches. Although relatively new – it was built in 2004 – it’s constructed in traditional style and methods, so … read the full post

May 04 2012

Review: Bangkok’s Wat Saket and the Golden Mount

One of Thailand’s most treasured temples, the Golden Mount of Wat Saket glistens above Bangkok’s historic Banglamphu area as imposingly today as it did more than 200 years ago. Wat Saket’s living history, peaceful atmosphere and panoramic views of Bangkok have made it one of my favourite major sites in the city, and when a … read the full post

Mar 29 2012

Wat Arun: The temple of DIY

Wat Pho may be the larger-than-life stunner on the Bangkok temple circuit, but Wat Arun is still a fine lookin’ piece of sacred real estate waiting across the river.  If you are like me and equate the old with the stunning, the decrepit with the intriguing, then Wat Arun is worth a stop on your … read the full post

Mar 11 2012

Wat Pho: Larger-than-life beauty

Living in a city where skyscrapers sprout like dandelions and Starbucks open alongside wats, it is easy to forgo historical sites for more modern lures. But Bangkok’s absurd concurrence of the old with the new is the nub of its charm, and the ancient sites are as worthy of a visit as Chatuchak market or … read the full post

Dec 20 2011

Faux pas and proper etiquette in Bangkok

Published by under Culture

Bangkok can seem to be a world within itself; but although the British pubs and ice skating rinks may suggest otherwise, the capital city is, indeed, still in Thailand. Hoards of Westerners, known as “farang” in Thai, travel in and out of the city daily, and many have made Bangkok their permanent residence. Farangs are … read the full post

Dec 14 2011

Temple touring on Ko Samui

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Those in search of a spiritual experience on Ko Samui will not be disappointed, as the island offers many temples and religious sites to explore. Each temple offers a unique experience, but all have a sense of serenity. Here we’ve done the legwork for you, and rounded up the most impressive. Big Buddha (Wat Phra … read the full post

Nov 15 2011

Outdoor Samui for kids

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Besides the obvious choice of endless perfect beaches to visit on Ko Samui, the island offers a slew of daytime activities for families. Here’s a selection. Mini golf Although there is a mini golf course in Choeng Mon, the cost is quite pricey at about 400B per person. We discovered a bargain just around the … read the full post

Sep 13 2011

The best thing to do in Lamphun

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Well, more accurately what we enjoyed visiting most in Lamphun was Wat Chama Devi (or Thewi). Without meaning to be rude, and while being a pleasant-enough spot, the small, sleepy, provincial town of Lamphun isn’t exactly the tourist epicentre of northern Thailand. However in an earlier Mon, Dvaravati period incarnation as Haripunchai it was indeed … read the full post

Sep 08 2011

Bangkok in pictures

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Though the endless overpasses and grimy back alleys of Bangkok might initially make you think otherwise, there really is an endless stream of  photo ops and experiences to be had in this complex town. Soak it in, keep your eyes peeled and take a good look around, you never know when the city will do … read the full post

Sep 06 2011

A favourite north Thai temple: Wat Chedi Luang, Chiang Saen

Published by under Chiang Rai

Wat Chedi Luang translates as ‘royal stupa temple’; there are quite a few similarly named temples around but we’re referring to the old Chiang Saen one, so named since it’s thought to have been the principal temple of King Mengrai’s former capital. Located in the northwest of Chiang Rai province on the banks of the … read the full post

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