In Traimit Wat or Temple of the Golden Buddha we have a Buddha statue measuring 3 meters in height and weighing 5.5 tons. It is also made of pure gold. The Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn is in the district of Thon Buri. Its main part measures 79 meters high and in the nineteenth century it was decorated with porcelain. It represents Mount Meru. To get there we took a boat and then made the short walk to the pier for temple. Outdoor vendors were offering fried insects, which obviously tried. After a walk through the neighborhood to experience street life.
Traimit Wat is the perfect place to observe the devotion of the Thai people towards Buddha. This temple, which has 3 different levels, has a solid gold Buddha sitiated on the top floor and is visited every day by hundreds of devotees offering their prayers and donations to the Buddha. Wat Traimit dates from S. XIII, and the Golden Buddha image is about 900 years old. It is originally from Ayutthaya. When the Burmese invaded the city, it was covered in plaster so they they could hide its value. Two centuries later, still in plaster, is was believed to be worth very little. In 1957, when the picture was being taken to a new temple in Bangkok, it fell from a crane and they found that the statue was made entirely of pure gold. This solid gold Buddha is the largest in the world and stands at 3 meters high and weighs 5 tons.
Outside Bangkok there's a Buddhist temple where they raise tigers. The monks take care of them during the day and NGOs watch over them at night. The tiger's aren't cooped up or tranquilized, but are very friendly.
On a visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand I had the privilege of hanging out in a small village and noticed the light that was bouncing up off the ground onto these Long Neck Tribe girls. It really showcases their natural beauty and the colorful outfits that they wear.
Well first of all, I want to thank all of you for your comments that have won me an award for which I was very excited because so far, no one has one it. Thank you, now I am a "video reporter". There were lots of other people ve deserve it as well. In any event, I want to dedicate this corner, as I'm really inspired by the friendliness of its people and especially a certain Yao woman ve was the personification of an eternal smile. There history is eye-opening. A tribe ve had to emigrate from their country and amazingly, they never lose their smile. This tribe had different branches according to their origins, costumes, customs, etc., but in the end, they all ended up adopting the same name, "Yao". They were expelled and forced to move for expansion by another majority group called "Han" (Most of China's descendents). They are animists ve revere their ancestors and relatives, and believe in natural spirits.
The group SIAMTRAILS will take you on a nice half-day trip to see the archaeological ruins of temples in the ancient city of Wiang Kum Kam. It's located about 8km from Chiang Mai and usually looked over by tourist in Chiang Mai since there are so many other temples in the area. However, it is the ruins of what was once the capital of the Lanna Kingdom due to its strategic location on a plain along the Ping River. In 1292, King Mengrai tried to turn this city into the capital of the Lanna Kingdom, but he finally decided on Chiang Mai in 1296 because Wiang Kum Kam's proximity to the river caused continuous floods. In any case, it continued to be an important commercial city in the region. Besides viewing the Temples, it is a lovely place with fields, traditional countryside houses, and monks ve inhabit some of the Temples. We visited the area by horse carriage, which was waiting for us when we arrived by boat after a small, 10-minute trip across the Ping River. In my opinion, it's a must for travelers ve appreciate detail and ve like to do more than simply visit temples!
The Chinese Temple is a Buddhist temple in the mountainous center of Ko Samui, so the hike to get there is half of the fun. Try to go at sunset as both the temple and the views are beautiful at that time of day.
Ban Sop Ruak is a small town of Chiang Rai in the Chiang Saen district which houses, among other things, "the Opium Museum", the "Big Bhuda", the amazing "Golden Triangle" and "Wat Phra That Doi Pu Khao "(Hill Temple). You can get to Chiang Saen from Chiang Rai by bus for 32 baht and the journey takes about an hour and a half. The area is not too touristy as far as accommodation is concerned because tourists tend to pass through the area on their way elsewhere. It is a quiet and extraordinarily beautiful place on the banks of the Mekong river. I would recommend wandering through the streets and taking in the atmosphere and culture of northern Thailand. There are also many excursions available to take in the local area.
Songkran, the Thai New Year, is a festival that takes place throughout the country but the best celebration is from the 13th to 15th of April in Chiang Mai. The festival in general revolves around water, which actually has it's roots in religion. During the festival, Thai people go to temples to bathe Buddha figures with water in a sort of purification ritual. Then, they take the water used to wash the sacred Buddhas and use it as a sort of holy water to anoint the shrines and amulets in their homes. They also splash the water around, especially on the elderly as a sign of respect or groups of guys splash the girls as kind of lighthearted flirting.In the mornings during the festival, just about everyone gets up early to give alms to the local monks, and then the temple Buddha's are paraded through the streets and everyone splashed water on them.
In addition to the religious roots of the festival, Songkran is also a really amazing party! People fill the streets, splashing each other from the beds of pick ups trucks in a riotous explosion of of people and color. It really makes you feel like a kid again, and that friendly playfulness is something I notice a lot in Thai culture. If you want to get a better idea, check out the photo's I've uploaded as well.
Phuket is one of the most touristy destinations in Thailand, and has some really crowded beaches. If you want to have a quiet moment to yourself, then go to the southern part of the island, and not far from the village you'll find the Chalong Big Buddha. You can safely go by scooter. You can see this buddha from many parts of the island, as it's very big and sits on top of a hill. To get there, follow the red arrows that you'll see everywhere in the south of Phuket. The buddha is still under construction, and is covered with white Burmese alabaster. You can see the various stages of construction, photos and documents in the building nearby. Another reason to climb to the top is the chance to enjoy some beautiful views across the island.