Monday, March 30, 2015
Saturday, March 28, 2015
The beach will clear out as the mid day sun warms the area, especially now that it is summer here in Thailand. That is when the locals enjoy the seafood bountiful from the Thai Gulf.
The Cha-am International Kite Festival was this weekend (March 28th and 29th) and I don't think anyone was disappointed. The Festival was right on the Cha-am Beach and the weather was perfect for the kites as well as the many people attending. The vibrant colors of the kites against the deep blue sky and the clean white sands of Cha-am made for some awesome viewing of the International kiting participants.
Hope you enjoy the photos and videos of the festival.
Friday, March 27, 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
The Hindu temple was later converted by the Thais into a Buddhist temple. Throughout the site you will find many Buddha images as well as an impression of the Buddha's Footprint. The Buddha's Footprint is a common icon found in many Buddhist temples. Originating in India, the original footprint was copied and transported to Buddhist sites throughout Asia, for the faithful to worship.
The park is part of the ancient Khmer Empire's reach into Thailand. The temple complex contains the largest and best restored Khmer architecture outside of Cambodia. It took seventeen years for the restoration work to be complete, but now the beautiful Hindu temple can be viewed and admired as it was originally intended.
Throughout the site, each bridge to the temple area is adorned with images of the multi-headed mythical snake "naga". The bridge is said to be a link between our earthly realm and heaven. The naga stand guard on the bridge, thus protecting the gods from any unwanted earthly visitors. The Khmer people lived in Thailand almost one thousand years ago; the architecture of the temple area is testimony to their skill and ingenuity.