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N 39 B 24.5K C 38 E Feb 25, 2012 F Aug 1, 2013
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A dancer is all smiles at the hilltop Wat Doi Suthep located in Thailand’s northern capitol of Chiang Mai.

From Penang, Malaysia I took a short AirAsia flight into the capitol city of Bangkok and just like that I had arrived into the Kingdom of Thailand - the land of smiles.

What’s not to smile about?

World class beaches such as Ko Phi Phi and Ko Pha Ngan - check!

Exploring Buddhists temples - check!

Nonstop shopping in the capitol of Bangkok in huge modern malls - check!

Sipping Chang or Singha beer on the famed Khao San Road where all backpacking trips begin and end and watching the world go by - check!

Trekking with elephants - check!

Getting a history lesson at the ancient capitols of Ayutthaya and Sukhothai - check!

Trekking to minority tribes in the mountains surrounding Chiang Mai - check!

The food, the glorious food - check!

From the independent flashpacker like myself to the resort-umbrella in the glass-tourist, Thailand offers everything under the sun for all types of travelers to find their little slice of paradise.

Be sure to pack your camera, sense of adventure and a big smile!

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Happy Travels!

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N 33 B 20.8K C 29 E Jun 21, 2012 F Aug 3, 2013
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"When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal."

- Hermann Hesse - from the novel “Siddhartha”

Ayutthaya was the ancient capital of the Siam dynasty and was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong. It was later destroyed in 1767 by the Burmese army. Located north of Bangkok, it makes for a great day trip from the modern capitol, but I would recommend an overnight stay to fully appreciate the ancient ruins.

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N 25 B 13.3K C 20 E Jun 21, 2012 F Aug 4, 2013
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The beautiful city of Ayutthaya, Thailand which was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and was the capital of what was then known as Siam.

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N 73 B 73.4K C 51 E Jun 22, 2012 F Aug 6, 2013
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The beautiful city of Ayutthaya, Thailand was founded in 1350 by King U-Thong and was the capital of what was then known as Siam. This is Wat Phu Khao Thong or the “Monastery of the Golden Mount”.

Can you name the four neighboring countries along the borders of Thailand? No Googling!

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N 63 B 28.9K C 53 E Jun 23, 2012 F Aug 9, 2013
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“Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!”
-King of Siam from the movie “The King and I”


Wat Ratburana or Ratchaburana was founded in 1424 to house the cremated remains of King Intharacharthirat (pronounce that fifty times). All was tranquil in the Kingdom of Siam until 1957 when grave robbers broke in and looted priceless gold relics buried alongside him. Most of the relics were later recovered and you can see them today in the Chao Sam Phraya Museum.

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!

What is this? The History Channel?

At the main entrance of the wat (temple) you will see the main prang (the largest one in Ayutthaya), or tower, framed perfectly by the doorway of the grand hall. Simply stand there and click the shutter button. Life as a travel photographer can be so easy!

At the base of the tower I climbed a small set of steps where I had excellent views of the ancient city of Ayutthaya. Nearby was a staircase where I descended into a crypt full of ancient murals. It was definitely an Indiana Jones experience minus the satchel (sorry I carry around a Think Tank Photo Shape Shifter backpack).

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