Monday, March 30, 2015

Sun Cooked Sea Bass - Thai Style

An interesting meal can be had at the Rue Lae Lay Restuarant in Ban Laem District, Phetchaburi, where they cook fish using the sun focused with a parabolic mirror.  The photo above is the delicious cooked sea bass and the photos below are of the mirror ant the restaurant.  As you can see, the restaurant looks like a ship in Ban Laem Bay.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Cha-am Beach

Cha-am Beach is mostly a beach for Thais or "local beach". As I described before in my post "East and West at the beach", Thais avoid the sun as much as possible keeping them away from the beach and the mid day sun. But Thais still love the beach as much as anyone else. The photos in this post were taken at 9 in the morning at the Cha-am Beach and as you can see the beach is full. The area adjacent to water is stacked with beach umbrellas creating something of a cave offering shelter from the sun for those either not interested in swimming or taking a break from the water fun.

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.

Cha-am International Kite Festival 2015

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

New Bangkok Night Market!

There is a new night market to enjoy in Bangkok, Train Night Market or Talad Rot Fai. The market is located behind the Esplanade Mall on Ratchadapisek Road, easily accessed from the MRT at the Thailand Cultural Center Station. The market is open Thursday through Sunday nights from 5 pm to 1 am. The market has great food and an amazing aray of shops to buy gifts for everyone.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Prasat Phanom Wan Historical Park

Just southwest of Phimai in Northeast Thailand, you will find the small park of Prasat Phanom Wan. The park is home to an ancient Hindu temple, which was constructed during the 13th and 14th centuries on top of another brick structure that is said to date back to the 10th century. The older structure is likely to have been built during the height of the Khmer Empire, along with other ancient Hindu temples found in the region.

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.

Prasat Phanom Rung Historic Park

Perched on the rim of an extinct volcano, Prasat Phanom Rung Historic Park is a jewel in the crown of Northeast Thailand. The fact that the park is situated on top of a volcano may be missed by all except the occasional geologist vacationer; however, at 1,320 feet above sea level, no one will fail to miss the park's magnificent views.

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.

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