Wat Mettadharmabodhiyan Chinese temple Kanchanaburi

Wat Mettadharmabodhiyan Chinese temple in Kanchanaburi

Wat Mettadharmabodhiyan is a Chinese temple in Kanchanaburi located 20km from Kanchanaburi train station. After a recent motorcycle crash I was encouraged to attend this Chinese buddhist temple in Kanchanaburi to pray and seek protection for my future riding. The main entrance of the wat has large Asian Buddhism wooden statue’s garding the temple. Within…

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Visa run to Vientiane Laos for Non-Immigrant ED Visa

So you have been staying in Thailand for some time, and your current Visa is about to expire after you have done a 30 day extension at Thai Immigration. What do you do now? You, like me, obviously want to stay in Thailand as you have made many new friends, and you haven’t finished exploring…

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Riding Khao Krajom Mountain on my Kawasaki Versys

Well finding myself with a down day and the Versys shod with new Vee Rubber tyres, I thought I would look into doing a ride out to Suan Pheung district and riding up Khao Krajom Mountain. Now I spoke to a lot of local friends who have done the ride, and spoken to many people…

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Hua Hin Pran Buri Beach

What is Hua Hin like? Why Hua Hin should be on your itinerary.

So you want to experience a more relaxed atmosphere of a seaside area away from the hectic bustle of the grit and grime that surrounds Phuket, Pattaya and those types of places. Hua Hin is situated approximately 3 hours from Bangkok and has a great deal to offer the traveler, weather your a family, solo…

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Farang Renting a Condo in Thailand

Well if you have been following any of my adventures, you might have noticed I have a base camp. I decided on finding somewhere that was handy to highways to be able to get about on the motorbike, as well as somewhere quiet and out of the way from main tourist areas. I live in…

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Top 5 BEST of Kanchanaburi Thailand

Number 1: Wat Tham Khao Noi is located in Kanchanburi next to Wat Tham Sua. This temple is worth witnessing first hand due to it’s unique 100 year old Chinese style architecture, known as Mahayana style. The temple was constructed in 1881, with the first monk to reside in the temple being of Chinese descent…

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Top 5 Places to visit in Ratchaburi Province

Number 1: Khao Bin Cave is located 20km from the Ratchaburi city, approximately 85km from Bangkok along the road to Chom Bueng. This cave Temple Cave is the largest in the region, with walking paths entering the caverns 300 mtrs into the dimly lit darkness. The price for entry is a mere 20thb and it’s worth every penny….

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The Golden Buddha of Wat Tham Khao Noi Kanchanaburi

Wat Tham Khao Noi is located in Kanchanburi next to Wat Tham Sua. This temple is worth witnessing first hand due to it’s unique 100 year old Chinese style architecture, known as Mahayana style. The temple was constructed in 1881, with the first monk to reside in the temple being of Chinese descent named Luang…

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Kicking off with some basics, Ayutthaya (officially Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya) is actually a province 80km or 1.5hrs north of Bangkok and is covered by World Heritage listing by UNESCO.  Ayutthaya, was the seat of the Kingdom of Siam and a prosperous trading port from the 14th century until it was razed by the Burmese in 1767. The old city ruins, with Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues, now form Ayutthaya Historical Park.  Somehow after being in Thailand for some time, Ayutthaya alluded me but I have finally made the pilgrimage to the old city after much anticipation.  What I was expecting to see, was a combination of Chiang Mai's city ruins, with perhaps the visual impact of Cambodian ruins. Well I got what I was wishing for. The Historical Park sites on an area of 289 ha. Extremely large, many tourists take the opportunity to rent bicycles to allow them to cover the who area with more ease.   With the area founded c. 1350, Ayutthaya became the second Siamese capital after Sukhothai. It was unfortunately  destroyed by the Burmese in the 18th century. Its remains, characterized by the prang (reliquary towers) and gigantic monasteries, give an idea of its past splendor.  Ayutthaya is usually visited as part of a packaged day trip out of Bangkok, which usually includes stops at the Bang Pa In palace as well as the Bang Sai royal arts center.  You can easily spend a day exploring the whole park, or simply have a quick stop and still feel fulfilled by what you will have seen. The park is relatively low pressure compared to many other tourist places in Thailand.  Being able to photograph the gigantic monasteries as the sun sets gives a whole new perspective to the place, only to be outdone by visiting the outer perimeter and shooting some night photos when all of the temples are light by spotlights bringing out the magnificent shadows and details turning it into quite an eerie place.

The old city ruins of Ayutthaya Historical Park

Kicking off with some basics, Ayutthaya (officially Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya) is actually a province 80km or 1.5hrs north of Bangkok and is covered by World Heritage listing by UNESCO, located on an island surrounded by three rivers. Ayutthaya, was the seat of the Kingdom of Siam and a prosperous trading port from the 14th…

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