Wednesday, February 18, 2009

0ff to thailand

My Bangkok plans includes exploring three very different and interesting places during a walk about in the city’s bustling flower market, a china town, a serene Buddhist temple.   95% of Thailand's population in Buddhist, there are around 400 wats (wat means temple) in Bangkok. My tour takes me to one of the most impressive: The Reclining Buddha temple “Wat Pho”. This is also home to the original and famous massage school

I will also travel by boat through the backwater canals of old Bangkok.

Nineteenth-century Bangkok was laced with waterways, giving the capital the designation “Venice of the East”. Over the past three decades many of the canals have disappeared and made way for motorways. Surviving canals and the mighty Chao Phraya, Bangkok’s River of Kings, provide a fascinating insight into the traditional waterborne Thai way-of-life that has remained essentially unchanged over the centuries.

The Royal Grand Palace is one of Bangkok’s most visited attractions and a wonder of the modern world. The royal palace, covering one square mile, was built in 1782 by King Rama I and remained a royal residence of the Chakri Kings up until the present monarch, who moved his home to the Dusit neighborhood.

Another highlight is Wat Phra Kaew (the Temple of the Emerald Buddha) which houses Thailand’s most revered Buddha image carved from a single piece of jade, believed to be the protector of the kingdom. The area is always crowded with worshippers as well as visitors trying to catch a glimpse of Thailand’s most sacred image of the Buddha.

I also look forward to visiting and maybe even dinning at the top of Bangkok's second tallest building - the landmark State Tower with its highly visible golden dome.

Book mark my blog so you can come back and see what I experienced and so help you plan your own trip to this land of smiles.

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