Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Day One ...


 ... in airport Chch before leaving, wearing my usual expression; somewhat short-sighted & suspicious ... 




... view of swimming pool from our 5th floor room in Bangkok - Princess Bel-Air - highly recommend as a place to stay - lovely staff, clean facilities etc etc




... a window-view this girl from Dunedin NZ isn't used to ... 


So we had arrived. That first night we did a little reconnoiter of Bangkok city - well the corner we were staying in anyway. First impressions - noisy, dirty, intriguing, interesting, colourful, hot, smelly and absolutely fascinating. Life just hangs out in all its glory - in a mixture of goodness and grittiness ... Leaving us gobsmacked and exhausted.


The hotel fixed us up with a guide who was lovely. She patiently showed these two rather dazed and confused kiwis-in-awe, around the royal palace grounds and surrounds in the deep heat of late afternoon.


Thailand has an 800 year old history and is the only South-east Asian country that has never been colonised ... 



real gold ... just beautiful ... 






... this is a model of Angkor * which despite being situated in Cambodia, has an intrinsic place in Thailand's history - a history which we learnt a little bit about from our guide. Of course it just barely scratched the surface of Thailand's rich background. What can we westerners really see, understand, appreciate and know of such things in one hour? We can only stand amazed in the shadows; despite the bright sun glinting on all the rubies and gold; and try to take in what is possible to receive in a blink. 


Angkor is one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia. Stretching over some 400 km2, including forested area, Angkor Archaeological Park contains the magnificent remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, from the 9th to the 15th century. They include the famous Temple of Angkor Wat and, at Angkor Thom, the Bayon Temple with its countless sculptural decorations. UNESCO has set up a wide-ranging programme to safeguard this symbolic site and its surroundings.




... this is not a statue ... not sure if it's a toad or a frog ... whatever, it looks like it's fully enjoying the life as a royal 'froggie' 




palace, elephant statue, white-suited guards  ... 


tamarind trees ...


We were looking forward to the arrival at the hotel of our son, wife and our two grandchildren from Japan, due early in the morning. So it was early to bed for us in order to be ready for our 4.00 a.m. wake-up call. 
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8 comments:

McDinzie said...

Fabulous....aren't Asian countries so interesting and so very different to be intriguing

Catherine said...

The palaces and temples look gorgeous. I'm not sure about the hotel though, I found that after a year of not being allowed in the central city, even Wellington high rises freaked me out a little, so who knows how I'd feel about a bustling Asian city.

yujinxiang said...

Glad to see the beautiful city and many pictures of you! :)

Theanne said...

Enjoying the photos of your trip...exciting that son, DIL and grandchildren are coming! So much beauty and interesting things to see!

Kay McKenzie Cooke said...

McD - Once you get a taste you want to see more ...
Catherine - I found Tokyo the worst one ...
yujinxiang - Thanks still got more to go!
Theanne - I am enjoying reflecting and re-living the moments and days.

fourdeeroak said...

Traveling vicariously via your writing & photographs of your trip. Hope the entire trip is amazing for you!

Joyce Ellen Davis said...

Wonderful, wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing them! :D

Kay McKenzie Cooke said...

Camille - Glad you are enjoying - we are home now so it's all a little retrospective (and a good chance to reminisce! and re-capture ...)

Joyce - Thanks - makes it worthwhile when I get the feedback from friends :)(maybe the next best thing to having a coffee and sharing holiday snaps!)

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