Dec 1, 2009

special post ... bangkok, thailand.

yes! i'm back :) i had a pretty amazing work trip to bangkok. amidst the "work" i manage to eat a lot (courtesy of a fabulous host who we met there :), see a couple of places, do a tinzy winzy bit of shopping and capture some amazing pictures :))

temples ... were pretty amazing ... their beauty is awe-inspiring!
wat po ("wat" meaning temple) - this is a temple that has both thai and chinese influences. this is also where the local masseurs come to learn their craft, as the temple houses one of the oldest massage center and school.

wat po is glorious under the sun!

thai design and architecture is a work of art.

chinese giant deity stands as guardian to the doors.

just look at the intricate architecture!

ok ... that's me trying to be creative with the camera :p ... taken from beneath a bonsai tree.

the massage school & center


sunset temple - located just by the chao praya river, a lovely place for evening walks.

sunset temple @ sunset :)

one of the walls of the temple

sunset temple in night light ... simply magical!


food! glorious food!

our host fed us really well!!


local arts & crafts ... the thai people are amazingly creative!
(all the photos in this section were taken by my other half ... i was too busy looking at stuff!)

these i love :)) and they were inexpensive!

whimsical paintings

@ jak to jat weekend market

chopsticks with an attitude :)

handmade earrings.

monks and deities - i dunno what these figurines are made off, but they look amazingly real!

antiques anyone?

steampunk awesomeness!

recycle art

handcarved wooden buddhas

all in all ... this was quite an amazing trip, tho i wish i had more time to do shopping :) definitely will go back to bangkok real soon. afterall, it's only a 2-hour flight from kuala lumpur :)

happy pimping! :)

17 comments:

  1. Hi Luthien,

    I've missed you. Thanks for sharing your trip; your pix are amazing.

    xoxo

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  2. WOW! What amazing architecture and culture you were able to experience Luthien! Thanks for sharing! Glad you are home safe and sound :)

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  3. Glad you are back!! I loved seeing the pictures of everything. My favorite was the Steampunk!!

    Love,
    LuLu~*xoxo

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  4. Great photos! Thanks for sharing. I love the architecture

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  5. Massage lessons in temples? I can't see that happening in the Church of England!!
    The chopsticks look like you've been at them with your pimping - is that a mobile phone charm I spot there?
    Thanks for sharing all that lovely eye candy. Would love to go there some time... (going all dreamy now)

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  6. Welcome back Luthien. Glad to hear you had a good time, and your photos look so amazingly inviting! Wish I could go there too!! xo

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  7. Luthien, those photos are absolutely amazing!! I would so love to go there, such a lot of sights and sounds to take in! I'm glad you are back! We missed you!
    Maggie xoxo

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  8. Thank goodness your back Luthien! It hasn't been the same without you and your double smiles :))
    I cannot believe how intricate and sparkley the temples are. Your are a great photographer! Thank you for sharing,
    xox, Lisa

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  9. Amazing photos! The architecture is stunning. Glad you had such a good time!

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  10. hey ladies :))
    thank you so much for all your lovely comments!! it was quite an eye-opening trip for me :) wish i had more time and money for shopping tho ;)... but it's good to be home!

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  11. welcome back luthien...what a fantastic trip! you got excellent, beautiful photos!!!! yes, i agree...the monks do look so real!

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  12. what an amazing place! i love your photos and those monks - i first thought they were real people, wow.
    oh and i love love thai food, i'm so jealous ;D

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  13. Oh my gosh Luthien, these images were all so amazing and what a treasure to have all of this within hours of where you live!! Those statues really were incredible, I though they were real at first until I read your line underneath - WOW!!
    Thank you SO much for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!!!♥♥♥

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  14. thank you ladies :) for all your lovely comments! i still can't get over the figurines myself!! :)

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  15. What amazing pictures!! This must have been a truly once in a lifetime adventure!

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  16. Lucky you,
    that must have been a phantastic journey.
    Thank you for sharing that great photos.
    Have a great weekend
    Janine

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  17. seth and janine :)
    thank you!! :)) glad you enjoyed the pics :))

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xoxoxo
Luthien :)