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Sunday, July 13, 2014

The Giant Golden Reclining Buddha of Wat Pho, Bangkok

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest temples in Bangkok and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, including the famous and one of the largest single Buddha structures in the world, the Reclining Buddha, 43 meters (160 feet) long and 15 meters high.

The sacredness of the place is religiously maintained. You need to take off your shoes as you enter the templr. But don't worry, in case you were not informed, robes are provided for those wearing sleeveless tops or short skirts.

The reclining golden buddha is jaw dropping. I've never seen a buddha as big as this. The soles of the Buddha's feet alone are whopping 3 meters high and almost 5 meters long, and are embedded with mother of pearls.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho temple is just a few walks away from The Grand Palace.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

The temple, considered as the birthplace of traditional Thai massage, is home to one of the earliest Thai massage schools. And I was able to experience the massage - an authentic Thai massage for the win!

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

The reclining Buddha is so huge, it makes it so hard to get a nice angle to photograph it.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Around the walls of the temple are beautifully preserved hand paintings depicting the rich Thai culture and tradition.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Along the giant buddha image you will find 108 bronze bowls where people donate coins because it is believed to bring good fortune, and also to help the monks maintain the temple.

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

The intrinsic design of each temple here is just unbelievable. Very detailed!

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Wat Pho, Bangkok, Thailand, Reclining Buddha, Phra Nakhon district, Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan, birthplace of traditional Thai massage, Asia, culture

Friday, June 20, 2014

Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho, Vietnam

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Cai Rang Floating Market, Can Tho, Vietnam

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Vietnam is Cai Rang floating market located in Can Tho, the fourth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest city in the Mekong Delta. It is actually one of the busiest floating markets in Vietnam because of its strategic location, making it the center of commercial activity, thus providing more opportunity for the locals. This is the perfect floating market to go to if you wanna see the hustle and bustle of locals on boats selling fruits, vegetables, rice, and all kinds of food you can think of.

The view of the floating market is beautiful, especially in the morning where vendors start flocking in on boats carrying colorful fruits, vegetables, and many different kinds of goods. From afar you can already tell what the boat is selling because each boat has a pole and at the tip of it is the specific stuff it sells.

Like this boat, you will see on the stick hanging are cabbage, squash, dragon fruit, etc... which is basically what it sells. :)

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Surprisingly, even though hundreds of boats flock here each day, you will notice that there is peace and order. I've never seen a boat jam or any instance of collision, or even rage or tension from vendors. Love it!

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floating market, cai rang, can tho, vietnam, travel, asia, backpacking

floating market, cai rang, can tho, vietnam, travel, asia, backpacking

And boy, dragon fruits are super cheap here!

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Can you believe this? A floating gas station! Haha!

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This guys is having a nice and hot pho breakfast in the middle of the river! Cool!


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This is me before hopping in at our boat for the floating market tour.

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You also get the opportunity to interact with these vendors! I hopped into one boat that sells pineapples. The boatman offered me one actually, and it tasted so sweet! :)


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All kinds of goods are here, even refreshments!

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floating market, cai rang, can tho, vietnam, travel, asia, backpacking

In the photo will see some of the tourists in the same tour group with us.

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And some more tourists.. :)

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