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Archive for April, 2011

For the first couple of months I had no clue exactly what Tim horton’s was.  Maybe a coffee shop – but what’s the point, there’s plenty of starbucks and blendz coffee everywhere.  Burgers?  Doesn’t look like it.  So What is it, I asked myself.  What can this chain of stores, stuffed with merry customers be selling?

IMG_0159Eventually a bit further down the line I made my first venture into one of their many outlets – and what did I find.  Cheap filter Coffee and a massive selection of tasty donuts – stuffed, glazed, cream filled, jelly filled – any way you want it.  I went straight for the Maple glazed,cream filled, Canadian – when in Rome….

I’m now at the stage where I can barely pass a store without buying a little treat – and its only $2.35 for a coffee and donut.  But its only been recently at the recommendation of my head chef at RCG that I should try the sour cream donut – super sickly sweet, crumbly texture and of course its got that sour cream yogurt thing going on.  It is an epic donut.

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No trip to Bangkok is complete without a trip to Wat Pho and the Royal Palace – wearing your only pair of trousers and long sleeve shirt in the blazing hot sun, no immodesty here please!

But it’s definitely worth it – Lustrous gold and brightly coloured glass all shine in the sun drawing your attention to the remarkably detailed stupas and Buddha statues.  The palace itself tries to be as close to heaven as possible – the only fitting home for a dynasty which have traditionally been seen as demi-gods.

Along with Wat Pho, the palace is seen as the focus of Buddhism in Thailand, and although the royal family have now moved to a modern European style palace, this area is still a deeply religious one – hence the long sleeves.

It is, however, a bit of a tourist trap, with wave after wave of people bussed in on their Thailand tour, so it’s never going to be a relaxing experience.  But as with all tourist traps – there’s a reason they’re there!!

The Great reclining Buddha’s toes

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Buddhas lining the corridors that surround the central temples in Wat Pho

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Some of the many demons and gods protecting the religious areas of the royal palace

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Mother of pearl detail on the Buddha’s Feet

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The huge reclining Buddha

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The Great Buddhas face and that of a Taoist statue outside protecting the temple.

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Not BKK, but a nice photo of a local kid on the beach in Koh Chang

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