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November 9th 2010
Published: November 16th 2010
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Justin and I
Posting to you from a huge shopping mall in Bangkok - isn't technology great? The extra time we have in Thailand is being well spent. Seems like spending a longer time in one place is the way to do it; and we're definitely enjoying it! Eating in Thailand is even cheaper and, dare I say, even fresher than Hong Kong. We are really loving the easy access to all types of food and are pretty much snacking on whatever looks good at the moment all day long.

Aside from eating, we have spent lots of time visiting temples, or "Wats," in Thailand. Buddhism is the major religion in the country and there are loads of gorgeous temples erected for the followers to worship in. It's neat to see how immaculate the temples are, lots of detail work in tiling and painting that is almost unbelievable.

The country mouse in me is ready to get out of these big cities! In a few days we move out from Bangkok to Sukhothai and hope to enjoy a slower pace there. Enjoy the pics from our first few days in this unique country!

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Elephant StandElephant Stand
Elephant Stand

The king used this stand to dismount his elephant. How awesome is that?
Monkey DemonMonkey Demon
Monkey Demon

From a mural painted in the Grand Palace
Monkey Demon StatueMonkey Demon Statue
Monkey Demon Statue

Guarding the Grand Palace gates
Gorgeous decorGorgeous decor
Gorgeous decor

around the Wats
Meditating BuddhasMeditating Buddhas
Meditating Buddhas

Surrounding the Grand Palace
Reclining BuddhaReclining Buddha
Reclining Buddha

This Buddha is nearly one city block long!
and his feetand his feet
and his feet

The reclining Buddha's mother-of-pearl inlaid feet
Spiffy Suit TimeSpiffy Suit Time
Spiffy Suit Time

Justin getting fitted for a tailor made suit

Check out that clever carrying contraption

Brooms made from local materials

Available a'la carte, you can pick what you want off a menu and walk right in
Golden BuddhaGolden Buddha
Golden Buddha

And a monk photographing it.
Justin and his Monk FriendJustin and his Monk Friend
Justin and his Monk Friend

Turns out this guy is based in Dallas, TX, just returning to Thailand for a visit.
Street FoodStreet Food
Street Food

I love eating like this! Snacks all along the way
Ronald McDonaldRonald McDonald
Ronald McDonald

being culturally adaptable. Ronald is bowing with his palms together, a sign of respect and greeting in Thailand.
Pad ThaiPad Thai
Pad Thai

A very popular dish to tourists in Thailand, fried rice noodles with meat and veggies that is quite scrumptious to my taste buds indeed.
Spirit ShrineSpirit Shrine
Spirit Shrine

Many homes and businesses create small shrines to house spirits. We see lots of offerings in the form of flowers, juice, water, and food placed before the shrines.

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