Waking up in Bangkok

After 8,761 miles, 20 hours of flying and three months of anticipation the day had finally come for me to wake up in Bangkok. The smell of burning incense filled the air, while the sound of firecrackers popped along the banks echoing back and forth as morning rituals got underway. With half a plan we caught a boat north along the winding Chao Phraya River to moon over temples and marvel at shrines.

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” — Lao Tzu

Step One, Bangkok:

My new favorite onomatopoeia and first Tuk Tuk sighting! With their bright colors and adorable buggy features they frequented the limelight quite often. Shutterbug!IMG_5630

Written sound all in a row: Tuk Tuk Tuk Tuk Tuk……..IMG_5641

Nestled in secluded spaces, shrines and spirit houses are gifted sacred offerings to honor the Triple Gem of the Buddha. Firecrackers greet each day sounding celebrations of good fortune and answered prayers. Fragments of smoke purify the air allowing truer self to shine. Which begs the question: What are you devoted to?IMG_5654

Wat Saket: Buddha with gold leaf offerings and flowered garland.IMG_5661

Wat Saket: From atop the Temple Of The Golden Mount panoramic views and seas of high-rises offer a sense of peace. IMG_5671

Wat Benchamabophit: The Marble Temple.IMG_5706

Wat Benchamabophit: An entrance fit for a king. IMG_5694

Top script: Thai writing is gorgeous and ornate, cursive, curly, coiled, curvaceous.IMG_5697

Wat Intharawihan: Standing Buddha. 32 meters high.IMG_5710

Wat Intharawihan: Standing Buddha. 32 meters low.IMG_5715

Wat Pho: Temple of the Reclining BuddhaIMG_5741

Phra Maha Chedi Si Ratchakan: Textured spires IMG_5760

Phra Maha Chedi Si Ratchakan: This is happiness happening.IMG_5765

Erawan statue outside the Grand Palace.IMG_2293

The King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej has led the monarch since 1947. Also known as Rama IX , he is the longest serving current head of state and the city is adorned with photos in his honor.IMG_5823

Khao San Road: Street/Bar Art.IMG_6700

Khao San Road: Street Art.IMG_6688

Khao San Road: Street Art.IMG_6691

Khao San Road: Street Art.IMG_6701

Khao San Road: Street Food. I ate my weight.IMG_5778

Khao San Road: Street Food.IMG_6695

Khao San Road: Street Food.IMG_6694

Khao San Road: Street Food.IMG_6693

Pitaya: An Electric pink fruit with soft flame shaped petals. A tasteful cross between a pear and a kiwi. Their trees amaze as well; astonishing feat in strength over gravity. IMG_8801

Flower Market: Everything’s coming up roses. IMG_5783

Flower Market.IMG_5784

Would you like a Chang?IMG_6704

Translated to English: There is delicious Pad Thai in here for you to eat Ali.IMG_6706

Green City: Never miss a moment to hang a planter.IMG_6709

Organized chaos.IMG_8972

Street meat (never could discern from what animal) and Tuk Tuks!! Love at first sight.IMG_5729

One comment

  1. Miss LIL · · Reply

    Ali, Looks like a fun time was had:) thanks for sharing the pictures!- Miss LiL

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