May 05, 2013

Thailand photo diary - Part 2

Check out Part 1 here!

Next on our trip to Thailand, we visited the Bang Pa-In Summer Palace, which was beautiful. But It's definitely a contrast from what you see on the other side of the palace walls, which is how the locals live. This was the residence for previous Kings, but today it is only occasionally used for receptions and banquets.

Another amazing place - the temple of the reclining Buddha, and Wat Yai Chai Mongkol. They were both in the of city of Ayutthaya, the former capital of Thailand. We got to climb the stairs of the temple, and the view from up there was gorgeous. 
We also went to a few elephant villages and spent some time playing, patting and feeding them, which was a lot of fun. They were so friendly!
These were taken at Wat Mahathat, in the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya. It was overrun by the Burmese in 1767 and the conflict left temples and structures destroyed. There was also a Buddha's head wrapped around the roots of a Bunyan tree!
 This was at a wood-carving factory. All the artworks and figures were hand-calved out of 1 solid piece of wood. The amount of detail each piece had was amazing - just look at those huge elephants!
 The last stop before we headed home was the famous Damnoen Saduak floating markets. It was crowded, loud and so much fun! Boats were literally lined up from one side of the canal to the other. We took a long tail boat and floated around the entire market, and there were quite a few traffic jams along the way! We even did a bit of shopping - the tropical fruits were delicious!

That concludes all the pics from my holiday to Thailand. It was hard choosing only a few from around 1,500 photos! If you missed Part 1, you check it out here.

I know this isn't the usual fashion-related post I'd normally write, but I really wanted to share this experience and I hope you enjoyed seeing the sights and culture of Thailand. If you're thinking of travelling there, I'd highly recommend it! It was an absolute blast!