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Not just another temple. Tham Phu Wa Temple is about 25 km outside of Kanchantaburi and situated in some hills to the west. When you first come to the temple you are greeted with manicured gardens. The next thing you see is a brown reclining Buddha and a large seated Buddha made from the same stone. The ordination hall and Wihan also have the brown stone with Cambodian styling to the buildings.

These buildings and statues are fairly recent additions to the temple. After admiring them for a little while the main attraction to the temple is behind the ordination hall in a very large cave. The cave was the original temple and was used for meditation by worshipers. It houses a 100 year old Buddha statue, many relics that have been brought into the area from Myanmar as well as interesting rock formations inside the cave.

The temple is a very nice place to visit, for Thais as well as tourists. The architecture and location make this something that should be on anyones list while in Kanchantaburi.

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We take a trip on the ordinary train from the old train station near the river in Thonburi which is on the other side of the river from Bangkok. We go from the Tonburi station to Kanchantaburi station which is near the famous bridge on the river Kwai. I show you what to expect on the train and pricing. The cost is very affordable and it’s easy to travel by train in Thailand.

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Wat Tong Pu is situated in the Lopburi province. The term Tong Pu means the place for soldiers to muster before battle. Wat Tong Pu is considered an ancient Maha Nikaya Mon temple in Lopburi.

It's unknown when it was built but it was restored in the reign of King Narai during the Ayuttaya period. Some characteristics of the Mon and the Laos people has apparently influenced the artistry such as the Cabinets for the Tripitaka in the temple hall and the gilded black lacquer door panels of the wihan.

This ancient temple is very significant as a religious site from the Ayutthaya period. The temple is still in good excellent and there are monks still in residence.

The base of the wihan is a lotus flower shaped pedestal for the Buddhist image where the statue of the Buddha is meditating in Khmer-Lopburi style. The stone boundary markers, the sermon hall has a curved base, lancet windows and curve roofing tiles. These are all architectural styles used during the reign of King Narai.

The stupa is similar to the stupa of Wat Manee Chonkant nearby in Lopburi. The laterite Buddha image with a Naga over his head enshrined inside the wihan and the principle Buddha image of the temple are of the Ayutthaya style sculptures.

Lopburi has many things to see and is a great part of Thailand. This temple is well maintained and a nice look into the history of the region.

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Due to its amazing 12 meter tall Guan Yin Bodhisattva statues carved in teak wood, this fairly recent temple quickly became the most famous Chinese temple in Kanchanaburi.

The covered courtyard which welcomes you does not suggest what you are going to discover inside: a hall with all the partitions and ceilings in carved teak wood. In the middle of which enthroned, back to back, are the 4 statues of the chinse goddess with 18 arms and a thousand smaller arms with a thousand eyes.

In the peripheral corridors, dozens of unique statues are also made of carved wood. Wat Mettatham Photiyan is set to expand to accommodate even more statues. Hundreds more are already stored to the right of the main hall and are waiting to be installed in the new temple buildings.

In addition to one of the most amazing wooden statues you will ever see the temple is currently building a 165 meter tall, with a base of 108 meter, Buddha Statue. It’s estimated to be completed in the next 4 years. This will be the tallest Buddhist statue in Thailand and among the tallest in the world.

Located 23 kilometers by road from Kanchanaburi it’s a little ways out of town but well worth the visit. The drive through the countryside is great and there are several other temples in the area that can be included into a day trip.

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In December the city of Kanchantaburi hosts a fair near the famous bridge over the River Kwai. The fair has countless types of Thai food, snacks and drinks.

I show you around the market and we get to see everything from insects to hand made deserts to roasted pigeons.

Night markets are part of Thai culture and it’s a great way for friends and family to meet up for dinner or snacks away from the heat of the day. This market is huge and runs from November 26 through December 5th.

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One of the most beautiful parts of Thailand and is relatively undiscovered by tourists. Starting on the beach in Khao Lak we work our way north along the western coast of Thailand. There are many beaches, temples, waterfalls and small villages to see. Traveling this road on your own allows you to see and experience the area at your own pace.

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Lopburi is a large province in Central Thailand. The provincial capital is also called Lopburi and is one of Thailand’s oldest cities.

Prehistoric artifacts have been discovered in the area; it was a major settlement during the Dvaravati era (between the 6th and 11th centuries), and it was also an important town during the Khmer period. It came under Thai rule in the late 13th century and served briefly as a Siamese capital.

Today, Lopburi has two distinct areas: the Old Town and New Town. Most places of interest to tourists can be found in the atmospheric Old Town. There are fascinating Ancient Ruins to explore, and part of the town is overrun with mischievous crab eating macaques.

Many people start around Wat Prang Sam Yod, an ancient Khmer period temple that is also known as the Monkey Temple. Although small, the ruins are interesting, with three prangs and a large stone Buddha statue. It’s also easy to see the Khmer influence in the architecture.

There are many small temple ruins to see as well as the former royal palace of King Narai. Other interesting things to see include the oldest building in the city, the city wall and so much more.

The best part about exploring places like this is you never know what you will see.

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One of the many Thai traditions that have survived from the Ayutthaya era, dating back about 600 years. The boat races started as a means to prepare and boost the morale of the kingdom’s soldiers, as a way to develop their courage and strength by rowing. In the days of the Ayutthaya kingdom every Thai man was considered vital to the country’s defense. At that stage of history aggressive neighbors could start a war at any time.

Boats used during the festival are carefully chosen and made from trees that reflect the beliefs of a particular area. The boats are also rowed by the best trained and most fit of rowing crews.

During the months where water levels are at their highest points many areas in Thailand will host long boat racing festivals. They can be found in all regions of Thailand from August through October.

In this video we get a chance to see the races in Bangkok by the Rama 8 bridge on the Chaophraya River. In addition to Thai teams there are other teams from countries in the region from India to the Philippines.

It’s a great event held in November 26th and 27th, 2022.

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Wat Rakhangkhositaram Woramahaviharn วัดระฆังโฆสิตาราม วรมหาวิหาร or usually shortened to Wat Rakhangkhositaram วัดระฆังโฆสิตาราม commonly known as Wat Rakhang (วัดระฆัง) is a second-class royal monastery in Bangkok, Thailand.

The temple, formerly named "Wat Bangwayai" วัดบางหว้าใหญ่ big black plum temple), was built in the Ayutthaya period. It was restored and appointed a royal temple by King Taksin of the Thonburi Kingdom, who sponsored the revision of the tripitaka scriptures at the temple.

During the reign of King Phutthayotfa Chulalok (Rama I), a melodious rakhang or bell was found in the temple compound. The king order it to be moved to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), and had five new bells sent back in exchange. The king then changed the temple's name to Wat Rakhangkositaram.

In the reign of King Mongkut (Rama IV) the name was to be changed again to "Wat Rajkanthiyaram" วัดราชคัณฑิยาราม, "kanthi" meaning bell. The local people don't accept this name and it is still called Wat Rakhang today.

The temple is very well maintained and an interesting place to spend an hour or two along the river.

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The festival is held every year on the last Sunday of November which was the 27 in 2022. Usually there are four banquets that day which take place at four different times; 10am, 12am, 2pm and 4pm after an official opening ceremony.

Lopburi is located about 150 kilometres north of Bangkok, and the buffet and its impressive fruit towers are located near the historical Khmer ruins and the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple.

The first Monkey Buffet Festival was organised in 1989 by a local Thai businessman to attract more tourists to the town. It worked, as the festival has grown into an important attraction for the local population, as well as Thai and international visitors.

The festival may not be for everyone since you are dealing with wild animals that have been known to bite or steal your belongings in search of food.

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From November 25th through the 28th the Bang Bon District is hosting a huge night market to promote local businesses and stimulate the economy. With over 165 vendors offering everything you could possibly want. If you are a Thai food lover this is a place you would want to visit.

The walking street market has street food, local products, music, and so much more. There is also a stage set up featuring performances by local artists as well as students competing for Miss Bang Bon 2022.

This market is away from the normal tourist areas and a great way to spend an evening with the locals.

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With the Similan Islands only open 6 months out of the year you have a limited window to be able to go. I planned out a trip for October with the hopes of having good weather. As the day approached the rain only increased. On the 15th the trip was set to take place. It was raining but the tour company still went ahead with the trip. We got out into the open ocean and was in the middle of a tropical storm. After getting tossed around like a toy in the storm for 2 hours the government closed the island chain, forcing us to turn around and go back to the pier. We never even got within sight of the islands and had to endure the boat ride back in the same rough water.

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The tour company was great and rescheduled the tour without issue and we were able to do the trip the following month. Here is the link the the video of when we were able to enjoy the islands.

Similan Islands หมู่เกาะสิมิลัน - Thailand’s Paradise - From Khao Lak
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The Similan Islands in Thailand are a world-famous archipelago consisting of 9 incredibly gorgeous islets. The beautiful archipelago, about 24 kilometers long, is located in the Andaman Sea, 70 kilometers from the mainland. The name comes from the Malaysian word “sembilan” meaning 9, but today these pearls are known as Similan Islands. Together with 2 other islands, this impressive natural jewel is protected by the Mu Ko Similan National Park. Thanks to the fascinating underwater world, the rich diving areas and the colorful soft corals, the sea around the Similan Islands has become a famous spot for diving but also for snorkeling.

The Similan Islands are among the most beautiful islands in Thailand and are for many a must see. Characteristic and really unique are the snow white powdery sand beaches and the crystal clear turquoise sea. Highlights are the imposing granite rocks, especially the famous Sailboat Rock, which make the beaches of the Similan Islands a photographer’s dream.

In this video I show you the whole day starting from the pier in Khao Lak. I include video of what to expect on the boat as well as the underwater world seen while snorkeling. I have wanted to visit here for a very long time and it was well worth the visit.

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Wat Ko Kaew Suthatham in Petchaburi is truly a hidden gem. Built during the reign of King Borommakot in 1734, the Wat Ko Kaew Suttharam temple, more commonly known as Wat Ko, has a relatively simple architecture. Its main attraction is the mural paintaings in the historic ubosot. These murals date back around 300 years and are probably the best preserved murals remaining from the Ayutthaya period. If in Phetchaburi they should be on your list of things to see.

On the north wall are represented the "Seven Great Places" where the Buddha stayed for seven weeks after his enlightenment except for the scene "under the Bodhi tree," which is the first of the seven places.

On the south wall are represented the "Eight Great Events" of Buddha's life, beginning with his birth. There are also paintings of the first Westerners who came to the Kingdom of Siam.

Phetchaburi is an underrated destination in terms of temple architecture. Considering its proximity to Bangkok, you'd expect it to be crawling with tourists but you can expect to be the only one there most of the time. The city has a fine collection of wats that are worth your time.

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Wat Kamphaeng Laeng 12th Century Khmer “sandstone wall temple”

The Wat Kamphaeng Laeng is a Khmer sanctuary in the town of Phetchaburi. It is the most Southern of the Khmer temples in Thailand and the oldest structure in Phetchaburi town. The sanctuary is fairly small and not as impressive as better known Khmer temples as Phimai or Phanom Rung in North East Thailand.

The temple, which name translates to “sandstone wall temple” was founded towards the end of the 12th century during the reign of King Jayavarman VII, one of Angkor’s greatest Kings, at the time when the Khmer empire stretched out as far West as Burma and as far South as the Malay peninsula. Wat Kamphaeng Laeng was constructed as a Hindu sanctuary and later converted into a Buddhist sanctuary.

Originally there were five laterite prangs. The largest prang standing at the center is surrounded by four smaller prangs at the corners. Today four remain, one of the prangs has collapsed.

It’s a small temple but the history of it makes it well worth a visit. It’s free to visit and open during the daylight hours.

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Bangsak Beach – Khao Lak’s quietest beach

Bangsak beach (Haad Bangsak) is at the far north of the Khao Lak area, north of both Nang Thong and Bang Niang beaches. Bang Niang is the nearest shopping area, 12 km to the south. If you want to get away from it all Bangsak is the perfect beach for you. The 5.5 km long beach is usually pretty deserted. There are several resorts in the area (The Merlin, Manathai, Bangsak Village, Hotel Royal Bangsak) but the beach is long enough that finding solitude is easy.

In high season (Nov to April) the sea is pretty flat and the water clear. You can swim easily here. In low season when monsoon winds come from the west you can expect waves and strong under currents. You can also expect some flotsam and jetsam washed up on the beach, there is no one around to clear it up.

Sun loungers or beach umbrellas are hard to find on Bangsak beach but there is plenty of shade under the Casuarina trees.

If you don’t want to eat in your resort you can find a few local restaurants selling seafood and a few bars serving drinks and cocktails on or near the beach.

The white sand and water is amazing. It’s a great place to relax and enjoy Khao Lak.

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The museum is located at the back side of Don Mueang International Airport, the first airport in Thailand back in the early 20th century. It is well designed to give visitors a comprehensive timeline of the Royal Thai Air Force from the modest beginning in 1910’s to a modern division of the army nowadays. It hosts a grand collection of aircraft. This museum is not a well known destination in Bangkok, but even if you're not an aviation enthusiast, it still worths a brief visit to gain some historical knowledge.

If you come to or leave Thailand by DMK Airport the museum is an easy stop for something to do for a few hours.

It's open to the public, and there's no entrance fee. Most of the buildings are well air conditioned, except the outside hangar displaying helicopters. It gets a bit hot during the daytime but not intolerable.

It’s free and easy to get to with a BTS stop on the light green line (the Sukumvit line) right in front. The station and the museum share the same name so easy to remember.

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While filming footage for a beach video in Khao Lak I made a mistake and hit a branch of a tree with my drone. The drone spun around, lost power and got stuck on a branch around 30 meters up. I was in a bad position because all of the footage as well as the drone were way out of reach.

After a few hours some local construction guys came over to help get it out of the tree. The first attempt failed and they told me to come back after they finished work at 5:00.

That evening one of the guys volunteered to climb up and get it down for 500 Baht. He had ropes and was prepared. It looked about as safe as it could be so I agreed. He made quick work out of the climb and got the drone down. I was lucky to catch it, preventing farther damage, enabling me to recover the footage.

The recovery is something you would only see in Thailand. It became a community event.

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Nang Thong Beach is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Khao Lak. The 2.5 kilometers long golden sandy beach captivates especially with its dreamlike ambience. This beach is a true postcard motif and the tropical trees together with the rock formations conjure up a particularly impressive backdrop.

Along the northern part of the coast of Nang Thong Beach you will find a variety of good hotels, restaurants and bars, which provide refreshments during an extended walk on the beach.

The atmosphere on this dream beach is always calm and serene, perfect for relaxing. Beautiful is also the view of the lighthouse, which you have while sunbathing and swimming from the beach.

It’s in the center of the group of villages that make up Khao Lak. There are also great beaches to the north and south that are worth checking out.

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WAT TUM (วัดตูม)

Wat Tum is located off the city island in the northeastern area. The monastery is situated on the south bank of Khlong Wat Tum, a canal which had its mouth at the old Lopburi River. The temple is still in use by the Buddhist clergy and covers an area of approximately 15 rai.

Wat Tum lays south of Wat Chumphon, Wat Chang Yai and Wat Chang Noi, three
temples related to warfare, where in its vicinities war elephants were trained and troops were gathered prior battle. Some sources state that King Naresuan held the
ceremony of "Drinking of the Water of Allegiance" at this temple, a very important
ancient rite.

The ceremony of "Drinking of the Water of Allegiance" was one of the most important
Ayutthayan state ceremonies. It was a ceremony derived from the Khmers which performed this ritual in the 10th and 11th centuries.

The monastery must have been badly damaged during the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767. The site was not looked after until in the Early Ratanakosin period during the reign of King
Rama I, when Siam recovered slowly from its war with the Burmese, the temple was restored and occupied by monks. During the reign of King Mongkut, the monastery received royal patronage and since that time the Royal standard is flown.

In situ are multiple monastic structures. The old ordination hall or ubosot has been built in Early Ayutthaya style and has been redone in recent times. The ubosot houses a special Buddha image called "Luang Pho Thong Suk" of unknown origin. It is a bronze crowned and bejewelled image of a seated Buddha in the gesture of subduing Mara. The cranial part of the head can be lifted. The head is hollow and contains water, formed in a natural way in the
image's head. Thai people come from far away to take a sip from the holy water, believed to have healing capacities.

The temple has a lot of meaning to the Thais and is part of their history. It’worth a visit if you are in the area.

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KHAO LAK SOUTH BEACH (LAM KAEN BEACH)

Khao Lak South Beach is situated next to the beautiful Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park. On the south side of this beach is another small beach, Poseidon Beach, one of the first real public beaches if you come from Phuket.

Khao Lak South Beach is different from most beaches in Khao Lak. The bay is about 2 km, a lot smaller than the other beaches in the area. The bay is bordered on one side by a hill with lush green vegetation and rocks.

Because Khao Lak South Beach is a bit sheltered in the bay, the sea here is often calmer and there are fewer waves. In the north of the bay you can snorkel near the rocks.

North of South Beach is Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park, a beautiful natural park with an adventurous jungle path along the beach, the park is one of the most popular attractions in Khao Lak.

South Beach is yet another beautiful beach in Khao Lak. This part of Thailand is perfect for those that want to relax without the crazy night life.

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Wat Phra Nang Sang was built more than 200 years ago and was originally known as Wat Takian and is the oldest Thai temple in Phuket. This temple was built when Thalang was the main city of Phuket Island and even was the scene of a battlefield during the Burma war in 1785.

Everything is designed with mixed Chinese and Thai mythology influences. The legend goes that Lady Luad Khao, the spouse of the ruler of Nakhon Si Thammarat, was condemned to death for having a love affair. Before the execution, she asked the last favor to travel to Sri Lanka to pay last respect to the relics of Lord Buddha. She built this temple when she returned, hence Wat Phra Nang Sang, which means ‘built by the Royal Lady’. The story goes that when she was executed, her blood was white, and she became known as Phra Nang Luad Khao, the lady with white blood.

The most important elements in Wat Phra Nang Sang are three ancient Buddha images called Phra Nai Phung, meaning ‘abdomen Buddha image’ and Phra Sam Kasat ‘Three King Buddha image’, which are enshrined in the abdomen of another Buddha statue.

The origin and history of this temple is very interesting. It’s worth a little bit of your time if you are in the area.

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Wat Sri Sunthon Temple at Ban Lipon is known as the only Phuket temple with a reclining big Buddha. The Buddha can been immediately seen when entering the main entrance. The image dominates the temple with it being built on top of one of the temple buildings.

The temple is surrounded by shady trees giving cool breeze and making its atmosphere more relaxing. Within a large land of 22 Rais, there is a sermon hall, ordination hall, shrine hall and bell tower.

This temple can be easily found on the left hand side when heading towards Phuket Airport and just 1 km away from the Heroines Monument. An ideal place for those looking for a good destination for meditation or for something different than just sitting in the beach.

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Wat Phra Thong (or Wat Prathong), meaning ‘Golden Buddha Image Temple is a very old temple with an incredible legend behind it, the kind of story that irresistibly attracts people. It’s not very big or impressive, but everyone first wants to see the famous half-buried golden Buddha.

A long time ago in Thalang, a boy tied the rope of his buffalo to a piece of wood sticking out of the pasture ground. This was a ‘finial’, the conical shape at the top of a very large Buddha image almost entirely buried. The boy became ill and soon died, as well as his buffalo. Following a dream he had, the boy’s father went to have a look at this stick to find out what it was. Villagers tried to free the statue, but the diggers were attacked by swarms of hornets coming out from the dug-up earth, while the spectators were left unharmed.

Later, during the invasion of Thalang town by the Burmese Army, Burmese soldiers tried to excavate the statue to take it back to Burma. But this time, they were attacked and bitten by swarms of tiny ants from the dug earth. Hundred of Burmese soldiers fell ill and died. The remaining soldiers set the ants on fire but could not dig deeper than the statue’s neck when the ruler of Nakhon Si Thammarat eventually liberated the city.

Finally, in 1750, a monk from Sukhothai convinced the villagers that building the temple around the Buddha image was better. The original Buddha head was covered with a new image for religious performances, which explains the perfect condition of the current half statue.

Today the ground of Wat Phra Thong consists of several temples and even a museum displaying items from the tin mining era, mostly given by locals. Wat Phra Thong is open daily from 8 am to 5.30 pm.

The temple is small but very unique. The Buddha and story is interesting and worth a short stop to explore.

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Wat Chang Yai (วัดช้างใหญ่)

Wat Chang Yai or the Great Monastery of the Elephant is an active temple located off the city island in the northwestern area.

In situ is an old ordination hall in the Early Ayutthaya style (1351 - 1491) and other more recent monastic structures. The ubosot has one elevated front porch with a single entry door - likely none in earlier times. Initially the hall had five square windows on the sides, but due to the bad condition of the building, two of them on each side have been filled, while at the same time the whole structure was fortified by installing concrete support beams around the hall.

The old hall has mural paintings from the Ratanakosin period, painted during the reign of
King Rama IV. The mural paintings although are damaged and slowly fading away. There are also some traces of old faded paintings on the outside wall at the entry of the ubosot. The main Buddha image in the ordination hall is in U-Thong style, depicted in sitting posture and in the Bhumisparsa mudra also called Maravijaya or Victory over Mara hand gesture.

On the temple premises is a monument erected to a war elephant of King Naresuan.

The vicinities around Wat Tha Khlong, Wat Chang Yai, Wat Chang Noi and Wat
Chumphon were all related to elephants and warfare. It is in this area that army and
battle formations were prepared, troops concentrated prior to moveing out. It was also
here that different pre-battle rites were performed such as Cutting the wood which
corresponds with the name of the enemy and where the Siamese King underwent the Brahmin rite of Anointing the Head.

Royal ceremony known as Phra Ratcha Phithi Tat Mai Khom Nam. Phraratcha is equivalent to the Burmese Daw, Phithi means ceremony, Tat means to cut, Mai means wood, Khom means to press down or subdue, and Nam means name. According to ancient principles and methods of warfare, before an army leaves the capital of a kingdom to meet the enemy's forces, a ceremony has to be performed to..

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