Erawan Museum is the art of gigantic architecture; the outstanding, the eye catching, the blending of fine arts and decorative arts in interior design. This three headed elephant structure is surrounded by the Himmapan garden where it attracts thousands of tourists annually. However, the Erawan Museum is not only the museum where collects and transmits the knowledge of art, religion, and culture. The aim of this elephant is to be the representative on the greatness of Suvarnabhumi as also a symbol of the Kingdom of Siam.
For a museum so far out in the suburbs of Bangkok and away from all other main attracts, it took me by a surprise! The design and intricate art work is simply spectacular!
Erawan Museum is a learning tool in art and religion that inspires people to understand the principles of four religions with the intention and ideology of Khun Lek Viriyabhun; to transmit and indoctrinate with the spirit of the philosopher for the purpose of introducing the art and culture; root of eastern civilization, to all humankind.
Erawan Museum is the door opening to the heritage of Thai culture. With a wide range of architectural symbols combined with fine arts and craftsmanship, structural layout and natural environment that integrate harmoniously, this museum creates a kind of atmosphere that induces visitors to perceive and appreciate the continuity of history, cultures, religions, arts and customs of faith.
In Part I of this post, I covered the stunning temple of Wat Pho, the messy but yet delightful ride of Chao Phraya Express, and one of a kind floating market, yup! A market built on water, navigated by motor boats. If you haven't see the pictures, check it out. I'm a little proud of my iPhone photography skills :) ... Alright, lets dive into part 2 of my Bangkok stop ...
Ayutthaya is a city in Thailand, about 80 kilometers north of Bangkok. It was capital of the Kingdom of Siam, and a prosperous international trading port, from 1350 to 1767. The ruins of the old city now form the Ayutthaya Historical Park, an archaeological site that contains palaces, Buddhist temples, monasteries and statues.
It must have been the hottest place in all of Thailand. When my tour guide and I first stepped out of the car and she flung open the umbrella, I said 'What are you doing? We'll be fine, we don't need that" ... moments later, I asked her to cover me. I was covered in sweat, the sun was scorching hot but oh my oh my, the visit was worth it.
Ayutthaya is a world Heritage property that spreads across 289 hectare. The city was ideally situated at the head of the Gulf of Siam, equi-distant between India and China and well upstream to be protected from Arab and European powers who were expanding their influence in the region even as Ayutthaya was itself consolidating and extending its own power to fill the vacuum left by the fall of Angkor. As a result, Ayutthaya became a center of economics and trade at the regional and global levels, and an important connecting point between the east and the west.
I generally don't like splitting up blog posts into parts but Bangkok was such a loaded trip that splitting this post is the only way to go. Alright, lets take it from the top...
At first, I sorta hated it. Overcrowded, messy, everything available in excess. Traffic was hurroundes. Just walking down the street felt like I should have a face mask on, the pollution and heat was crawling on my skin.... but then I started seeing a more beautiful side to Bangkok. As I explored the city, like the Chao Phraya Express Boat, Wat Pho temples and the private tour of the floating market, I realized there are so many layers to this region, filled by history, epic tale stories and stunning landscapes and nature. Have a look for yourself...
Riding Chao Phraya Express Boat
In the old days, Bangkok was comprised of hundreds of small canals or “khlong” in Thai and local people mainly traveled by water. They relied heavily on the waterways as this mode of transportation is faster, more convenient and efficient than the land route. I decided to take Chao Phraya Express Boat, a transportation service in Thailand operating on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok. It was quite a scene.
*Part one covers first stop, Boston. Scroll down to Part II for the rest of the road trip.
53 days long, yup! That's how long it took to drive across America and Canada, from Montreal to Montreal. This post wraps up the entire road trip on North America from summer of 2015 (yup, I am a year behind on content for this blog).
Much like a scrap book, I've put a little bit of everything in this post, highlights of my adventure, yummy foods and landscapes that took my breath away. I've also complied a few videos of the many random clips I shot on my camera and iPhone... no fancy production, just trying to create a sense for my adventure. This road trip was about connecting with nature and earth rather then doing some wild thing so...here it goes...
Hi! Thanks for coming back! I'm so excited to show off my beautiful photographs of this stop during my Summer 2015 North America road trip. Drop a comment if you like my blog, it's rewarding to hear back your thoughts :)
SO, Yellowstone National Park......
I often say I want to see and experience things I've never felt or seen before, Yellowstone did just that. The entire time I was there, the experience felt like out of this world. To know places such as this exists just a plane ride away, shopping sprees just don't make sense to me anymore. I've reached a point in my life where buying things are now irrelevant to who I want to be as a human being. I want to feel new things, experience new places and stretch my mind and imagination as far as the surface of this planet.
Putting this post together was very difficult. I have over one thousand photos of this stunning, never seen before park. As I was shuffling, editing, eliminating and curating this series of photographs, I decided to play with some filters that would help deliver a more effective visual experience to the one I had while I was there. It was a cloudy day during my visitation and there was a tint of yellow to the entire park. I remember thinking what was the reason for that. Later I discovered the yellowish burnt look to most parts of the park was from a massive fire back in 1988 ;O
I'v captioned the photos carefully, hoping to inspire and captivate you. Enjoy browsing :)
I'm ashamed to say this but here it goes. I never thought much about travelling through Canada for vacation. I always thought nature would bore me and oh boy was I in for a rude wild and wonderful awakening. I am so grateful for this discovery and I cannot wait to go back. Canada may not be known for glitz and glory, but it sure is one of the most beautiful and breathtaking places on earth.
Stunning Jasper National Park: my favourite place in Canada!
Arriving in Vancouver meant I officially completed half of my north america road trip. I started from Montreal (east coast), drove south towards New Orleans (Louisiana) then continued onto El Paso (Texas), then San Diego (california), then drove north on the west coast, passing LA, San Jose, San Fransisco, Port land, Seattle and finally crossing the USA/Canada border into Vancouver. PS the border check point between Washington state and British Colombia is breathtaking.