Posts tagged: temple

Batta-(m)-bang!

By , August 4, 2010 9:41 am

In order to return back to Thailand, we decided to go through Battambang. For being the 2nd largest city in Cambodia, we found Battambang to be quite chill and less touristy. We checked ourselves into a guesthouse near the center market. With the market’s convenient location to us, I could not help myself from making daily visits for mangosteens and longans (like a lychee).

We rented a tuk-tuk for the day and explored the city. There was not a whole lot to see other than more temples. It was still nice to see the landscape, pass by the local school children, and talk to locals when we had the chance.

There were a few good eats in the city. Our favorites were Fresh Eats Cafe and H & H Khmer Delight Restaurant.

Fresh Eats Cafe trains homeless children on how to run a cafe business. The service was fine and the food was exceptional. With free wifi and the cafe’s business model, we didn’t mind paying a little more. Our favorite dish was the couscous with meatballs.

The sweet potato soup at H & H Khmer Delight Restaurant was worth a double visit.

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Sukhothai: A Smoke-Free City

By , May 6, 2010 8:37 am

Is it right for a city to ban smoking all together? We definitely enjoyed the perks of a smoke-free city as we visited what was once the capital of Thailand.

The Old City or what is left of it is a collection of ruins. We rented bicycles and rode around the city, going from temple to temple. It was very peaceful as there were very few tourists around; we saw probably a maximum of 7.

For lunch, we went to a random street vendor. While it looked a little sketchy at first, it ended up being really good. Both of us had noodles and a watermelon shake. It was one of the best watermelon shakes we have had so far.

At night, we wandered into a small street market that was selling mostly fruits and vegetables. We found some mangosteens, costing 40 bahts ($1.25) per kilogram. The fruit is small, round, and dark purple on the outside. Inside lies pure deliciousness. After eating one, it is easy to be hooked. If you run across this fruit, it is a must try.

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Bangkok: Temple of the Dawn

By , April 7, 2010 12:45 pm

We have two more additions to our Thailand family. Megan, from the U.S., and Damien, from France, have arrived. It’s great to have a large family again.

Sundays in Bangkok seem quieter than usual. As we walked around, we realized most shops didn’t open before 10am. We eventually found a small cafe that was open. We met one of the owners, Mink. She was super sweet and very helpful to assist us in our questions about Bangkok. We had a mini breakfast of coffee and waffles which were all tasty. The cafe recently opened so stop by and say hello to Mink if you are ever in the neighborhood: Galleria Cafe, 203 Samsen 5.

Next stop was Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn). We took a ferry over from the public pier. The ferry system was a little confusing at first. It was 25 bahts if you pre-pay for a ticket. If you waited to pay on the boat, it was only 13 bahts. We of course accidentally hopped on the boat labeled tourist and ended up paying 25 anyways. For next time, take the ferry with the orange flag and pay onboard. Shortly after two stops, we had to get off the ferry and take another which was an additional 3 baths. As one guy we met in Bangkok said, “Thais don’t waste their time robbing you, they spend their time cheating you.”

First reaction to Wat Arun was it was older and less blinging than what we had seen the previous day. However, it was definitely a lot more interesting and fulfilling. We were allowed to walk up to the temple. The first flight of stairs was a piece of cake for me. When it came to the next two set of stairs, well, it was not so easy. My fear of height does stunt me a little but it doesn’t stop me! With Boris’ help, I made it up the 2nd and 3rd flight of steps. As I looked down, I realized it was all an illusion. From the top, you get a great view of the city. It would have been great to see the sunset from this point. I highly recommend Wat Arun. There is a entrance fee of 50 bahts ($1.50) and they do charge for clothing rental so be properly dressed.

Next to the entrance for Wat Arun was a small temple with no admissions fee. When I walked in, I was in awe. Inside was a large golden Buddha. It was something about the temple that made it feel more real. Maybe it was that it looked like it was still in use and not so much for tourists. I also recommend a peak inside this temple.

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