Wat Chiang Mun

Ohhh found another Chiang Mai temple I had forgotten about! The beautiful Wat Chiang Mun with its incredible, multi coloured wall murals.  Photo frenzy!!!!!! The temple has gorgeous delicate red and gold paintings. The murals were repainted in 1996 and depict the founding of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai Chedi Chang Lom is the Elephant Chedi – theContinue reading “Wat Chiang Mun”

Thai Temple architecture

Here’s a final look at the colourful joy that is Wat Phra That Doi Suthep. So let’s take yet another look at some of the sparkly gold, red, green and blue decorations. In the guise of this blog being semi educational (and not just LOADS of my holiday snaps!!) here’s a bit of a breakneck tourContinue reading “Thai Temple architecture”

Doi Suthep 2

Doi Suthep is an astonishing temple complex, perched high on the mountain side. Its site was established, according to legend, by a white elephant, bearing a sacred relic of Buddha, choosing the site. Whatever the reason it is a cornucopia of architecture, colour and glitz. With delicate detailing covering every inch of the buildings. It’sContinue reading “Doi Suthep 2”

Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam

Next temple on the snap happy tour was Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam. A zany, colourful affair close to the southern side of Thapae Road. Not quite sure how Donald Duck fits in with Buddhist teachings, but he is there! Along with a veritable menagerie of animals including a camel and other mythical guardian animals.Continue reading “Wat Boopparam / Wat Buppharam”

Onto happier times

Following on from the horrors of Cambodia’s recent past, we headed to the amazing temples of its ancient past as we moved onto Siem Reap, home to some of the Khmer’s most famous temples including the epic complex that includes Angkor Wat Here’s a very blurry picture of me in front of the iconic silhoutte as dawnContinue reading “Onto happier times”

Crossing into Cambodia, horror and awe

After the colourful delights of the floating market of Can Tho we headed out, by boat, for the crossing over into Cambodia. After a long stop at the riverside Visa control point we were on our way to Phnom Penh, it’s French built and Cambodia’s captial city and still retains influences including baguettes! Phnom PenhContinue reading “Crossing into Cambodia, horror and awe”