Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thailand's Spirit Houses

In Thailand, a spirit house is a shrine placed to  protect the spirit of a house or business, and is traditionally placed in an prominent spot, such as the front corner of a property. The spirit house is in the form of a miniature house or temple, and is elevated on a pillar, about chest high.

The purpose of the spirit house is to provide a shelter for spirits so they won't cause problems for the occupants of the building. The shrines often include images of people and animals. People will often leave food, water and other gifts for the spirits to ensure the spirits remain happy.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thailand Monks Chanting

Thailand Monks
Thailand Monks

The sound of chanting of Monks can be magical as you pass a Thailand temple. The chants are in the ancient Pali language. Here is a brief sample of Monks chanting that I encountered on my travels. 

Ten Thousand Thailand Photos!

Thailand Photo Blog on Flickr has over 10,000 photos and videos of Amazing Thailand for you to explore... I have every photo organized into albums which are sorted into collections to make your exploration of Thailand easier.  come and enjoy!

Thailand Photo Blog

Here is a sample of my most interesting photos from my photo blog:

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Thailand Explorer also maintains a YouTube Channel: Thailand Travel Explorer

Thai beach dogs

I am taking a few days off work to relax on Koh Samet Island (you will be seeing my photos from this trip). While relaxing, I came to an epiphany... In my next life I want to be an island dog here in Thailand! The dogs here are friendly and well cared for. They hang out on the beach all day enjoy the sun and the beach visitors. 

While I know I don't get a choice, I will let Buddha know on my next visit to a Thailand Temple and work hard to to earn my way to the Thailand beaches

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Update on Trains in Thailand

I thought I would give my readers an update of the commuter trains in Bangkok.  First of all, they are still working well...  There are three main routes, the MRT (Bangkok subway), BTS (Skytrain) and the Airport Link. The map above shows they are well connected to each other allowing access to a big part of the city.

The MRT and BTS are currently being expanded to the west.  The MRT will underlie the Chinatown area and actually extend under the Chao Praya River,  The BTS continues to add stations to the west.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Siam Ocean World Video Tour

Siam Ocean World Siam Ocean World is a vast aquarium underlying one of the most popular malls in center city Bangkok Siam Paragon.  I wanted to give you a taste of the aquarium here in my blog through one of my video tours.  The aquarium offers an assortment of entertainment and learning options during your visit.  These include:

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  1. Ocean walking which a special helmet is worn allowing you to walk the bottom of the large shark tank.
  2. Glass bottom boat tour of the biggest of tanks.
  3. Back house tour, where you are given a private tour of the inner workings of the aquarium.
  4. Diving with the sharks where you are allowed to don your SCUBA eauipment and swim with the Sharks.   
I have created two videos.  The first is a video tour of the Aquarium and the second is a condensed video look at the sea life of the aquarium.

Hope you enjoy!

Thailand Dragonfly Video

Thailand Dragonfly

Sharing an interesting photo and video of a dragonfly here in Thailand.  Hope you enjoy!  

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wat Pho Bang Khla - Temple of the Bat

Wat Pho Bang Khla - Temple of the Bat
Wat Pho Bang Khla - Temple of the Bat
Wat Pho Bang Khla (Wat Pho) can be found about 23km from the town of Chachoengsao approximately 100km from Bangkok). Believed to have been built during the reign of King Taksin the Great (1767 - 1782), using decorative styles from both the Ayutthaya and Rattanakosin eras, the hall enshrines a statue of a reclining Buddha. Throughout the temple compound there is an array of extremely beautiful Buddha images.

What makes Wat Pho extra special is something that you will probably hear before you see. Within the grounds that surround the temple compound, hundreds of fruit bats (flying foxes) roost in the trees and their high pitched squawking is sure to be the first thing to grab your attention.  Fruit bats are the world's largest species of bats. They have fox-like features with large eyes, reddish brown fur and black wings. They have a wingspan of about 3ft and can fly as far and as fast as a bird.

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During the day, the bats hang upside down roosting in the trees. They clean and jostle each other and sometimes reposition themselves, which will involve swooping over your head. But at dusk things really start to happen, as the bats fly off to feed. The bats favorite food are the fruits and leaves from mango, tamarind and even the temple's sacred Bodhi trees.

Getting there - From Bangkok take highway 304 (Chachoengsao - Kabin Buri) for around 17km and then take a left on to highway 3121. Drive through the town of Bang Khla for around 6km, past the shrine and the monument of King Taksin the Great, the temple is about 500m on the left. Alternatively, you can take a cruise along the Bang Pakong River, disembarking at the temple's pier.

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