Entries from Candi's Corner: Wanderlust and Passions tagged with 'Thailand'

PhotoHunt: foreign

The theme for this week's photohunt is foreign. We love traveling, both in our country and to foreign countries. As much as it is exciting to stumble upon home treasures, it is eye-opening, educational and enchanting to view foreign...

PhotoHunt: jiggly

The theme for this week's photohunt is jiggly. If I hadn't used the elephant photos for bulky last week, I'd have used them for jiggly today; everything in the elephant jiggles:) But here I am this week, left with...

PhotoHunt: bulky

It is my first 2010 photohunt , and the theme is bulky. Yay! I decided to go to Thailand for this week's photohunt theme. More specifically, the sweet, gentle, bulky and giant elephants at Thai Elephant Conservation Center in...

PhotoHunt:words

The theme for this week's photohunt is words. After being away from blogging, I am glad to be back in time for this hunt. I love words, and am amazed by the different characters and languages that make up...

PhotoHunt:ripples

The theme for this week's photohunt is ripples. The ripples of the Thai and Buddhisms flags from the Golden Mount, Bangkok. Happy weekend all and thanks for stopping by:)...

Temple of Reclining Buddha: Wat Po

Wat Po is probably one of the most famous, and most visited temples in Bangkok. Everyone wants to take a look at the colossal ,150 feet long and 59 feet, high statue of the reclining Buddha. The Buddha is the...

Bangkok's Vimanmek Mansion

Another attraction that we enjoyed visiting in Bangkok was the Vimanmek Mansion: the world's largest golden teak building. The completion of the building was celebrated in 1901, and it was the royal residence for King Rama V for five...

A Bangkok Attraction: Jim Thompson House

One of my favorite memories of Bangkok is our visit to The Jim Thompson House; the beauty of the house, the amazing art collection, the Thai hospitality, the jungle style garden with its trees providing a much welcomed shade were...

Bangkok's Erawan Shrine

In the heart of Bangkok, and by the luxurious Erawan Hotel,stands a shrine that houses the four faced Brahma;the Hindu god of creation. I was surprised to see the large number of crowds paying their respects and making merits...

The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew

High on the list of every visitor to Bangkok is its magnificent Grand Palace, or it should be anyway. This massive 218,000 square meter compound, surrounded, in all four sides, by 1900 meter walls is definitely worth an admiring gawk...

An amazing budget hotel in Bangkok: Phranakorn Nornlen

When we travel, we normally seek budget accommodations. Our first choice is a vacation rental to spend the week or longer, however, if we are staying for less than the week, we look for a budget hotel with a character....

What about Bangkok?

Democracy Monument in Bangkok After spending ten glorious days in Northern Thailand, we flew from Chiang Mai to Bangkok for the last segment of our amazing Thailand trip: three days in Bangkok. And I am going to take this chance...

Thai Elephant Conservation Center:More Photos

Okay, I just can't resist sharing more of the photos we and our mahouts have taken during the three days we spent at the conservation center. Me and Tantawan Getting off Tantawan One of the many lakes in the preserve...

Thai Elephant Conservation Center:Playing with baby elephant

One of my favorite memories of the time we spent at Thai Elephant Conservation Center is playing with a baby elephant;a seven month old,cute, hairy elephant. At the conservation center, baby elephants stay with their moms for the first three...

Thai Elephant Conservation Center: Fun,food and relaxation

I wrote about getting to the Elephant camp few days back, and now I will write about what we did there for three days. I can very much sum it up in three words, we played, we ate, we napped,...

Thai Elephant Conservation Center:Getting there and first impressions

Yay, I am at the point of our Thailand trip blogging where I can post about our wonderful three day experience at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center. It was definitely a most memorable experience, and we will always cherish our...

Temple on rolling hills:Wat Thaton

Thaton is a village in Northern Thailand near the Burma border. On top of some of the village's rolling hills, stands the magnificent Wat Thaton. It is a very unique looking temple, both on the inside and outside. The beautiful...

Dragon-headed Buddha on a Hill

Another site we stopped at during our tour of Northern Thailand was the beautiful,golden, dragon-headed Buddha that adorned the top of one of the hills. Our guide shared with us the story of the dragon that kept unsuccessfully trying...

Southeast Asia Golden Triangle

As part of our Northern Thailand tour, we stopped at the infamous Golden Triangle;where the borders of Thailand, Laos, and Burma meet at the Mekong River. The area claims it fame from the poppy fields that once covered its plains...

Wat Rong Khun: The White Temple in Chiang Rai

"Let each man exercise the art he knows."-Aristophanes. Chalermchai Kositpipat, an artist who grew up in Chiang Rai, Thailand, had a vision;sacrificing his own time and money and using his talent to create the greatest work of his life as...

Kayan Long Neck Village in Northern Thailand

I remain skeptical about my feelings towards visiting hill tribe villages in Thailand. In a way, I feel like by visiting them I am exploiting them and invading their privacy, on the other hand, the villages we visited seem to...

Our trek in Chiang Rai, Thailand

Every time I talk about our trip, I am always inclined to say "this was the highlight in our trip", then I change my mind to say "that was the highlight of our trip", I guess I should feel blessed...

PhotoHunt: flags

The theme for this week's photohunt is flags. Browsing my photos, I realized that I have many photos of flags from many places we have visited and lived. Flags fly high above government buildings, historic monuments, and many other...

Temple on a mountain: Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep is the mountain that overlooks the city of Chiang Mai from the northwest. From the city, its presence adds beauty and dimension to the horizon, and from the mountain, it provides an amazing views of the city. But...

Chiang Mai's Intakin Festival

The festival of the city pillar,Intakin Festival, is held annually for seven days and seven nights to invoke blessings for peace,happiness and prosperity for the city and its residents. The festival takes place in one of Chiang Mai's original temples;...

Cooking up a storm in Chiang Mai: Part 2

After eating soups, salads and appetizers, it was time to learn how to make curry paste. It is interesting that in Thailand, the basis for the delicious curry sauces we got to eat are wet pastes made from fresh herbs...

Cooking up a storm in Chiang Mai:Part 1

Both me and Bill enjoy cooking, and we both love Thai food, so it was natural to sign up for a cooking class while in Thailand. And with the convenience and the availability of the many schools, it was easy...

PhotoHunt: lock

The theme for this week'sphotohunt is lock. I had hard time with this one, and had to think and search a lot to be able to come up with something close enough to the theme.Finally, I settled on this...

Market tour in Chiang Mai

A popular tourist activity in Chiang Mai is taking a Thai cooking school. There are many cooking schools in Chiang Mai,in all different sizes and shapes. And for the love of food and cooking, we signed up for a cooking...

Chiang Mai's largest temple: Wat Phra Singh

Wat Phra Singh, The Temple of Lion Buddha, is the largest temple in Chiang Mai, and seems to hold a special spot in the hearts of Chiang Mai residents, for everyone wanted to make sure we don't leave Chiang Mai...

Chiang Mai's oldest temple:Wat Chiang Man

Wat Chiang Man is the oldest temple in the city of Chiang Mai. It is believed to have been built by the founder of the city, King Mengrai, on the spot he stayed while building Chiang Mai, more than 700...

What's in a wat?

Buddhism is the religion of the Kingdom of Thailand, and many of Thailand's visitor attractions involve visiting some of the unique Buddha temples. For good reasons too, some of these temples are fabulous pieces of art;beautiful designs, vivid colors, and...

Chaing Mai: The city of 350 temples

Chiang Mai, means "new city" , was founded in 1296 by King Mengrai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. The city was surrounded by a moat, and a wall for protection. Despite that, the Lanna Kingdom was conquered by...

Fruits in Thailand

One of the highlight in our Thai adventure was the variety of the exotic fruits our taste buds had the pleasure to encounter. In addition to the most known tropical fruits, like pineapple, banana(although bananas are much smaller and less...

Reflections on amazing Thailand

Here I am, downloading photos, reading notes, and recording dates and places, as I recover from my jet lag, trying to savor every little detail of our amazing two week trip in fascinating Thailand. The trip home was almost uneventful....

Trouble in Bangkok

On the 12th of April, Thailand's Prime Minister announced a state of emergency in Bangkok and nearby provinces in an attempt to control the "red shirt "protesters, after they surrounded and beat the car carrying the PM on Sunday afternoon....

Thailand Plans: Trekking in Northern Thailand

It comes as no surprise to those who check out my blog regularly that hiking is high on my list of favorite things to do. It is a great way to bond with nature, get some adrenaline pumping and feel...

Thailand Plans: Bangkok for four nights.

Grand PalaceI am sure one could spend much more time in Bangkok than the four nights we are spending May 27th through May 31st. However, spending any longer than that in congested,bustling Bangkok in the hot weather, did not...

Thailand Plans: Thai Elephant Conservation Camp

The third segment of our upcoming Thailand Trip takes us to Thai Elephant Conservation Center, in Lampang( about 45 miles south of Chiang Mai). I will start posting about our plans with this segment, since it is what first got...

Thailand:Initial trip plans

There is no doubt that one of the best parts about taking a trip, is the planning ahead. I've only lived in the era of internet, and cannot imagine how trip planning took place before then. What do we do...

Thailand, here we come!

Our original plan was to take a trip to Greece(and Rome) in September/October. However, we are also planning on hunting for a place to buy in Jacksonville,Florida after we are done with this assignment in Maui. And, it looks like...