Touring the Temple Towns, Part II: Ayutthaya and Sukhothai

We flew from Siem Reap to Bangkok and immediately grabbed a taxi for the one hour drive to Ayutthaya, followed by Sukhothai. This circuit of the temples exposed us to temples old and new, plus lots of local culture and history. The ethereally beautiful tree Buddha in Wat Maha That, Ayutthaya Ayutthaya Long before the … Continue reading Touring the Temple Towns, Part II: Ayutthaya and Sukhothai

Touring the Temple Towns, Part 1: Siem Reap

We opted to book a taxi to take us on the  5 to 6 hour drive from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap. A flight would have taken us just as long door-to-door, would have cost more, and these flights have a reputation for hitting people up for extra luggage charges at the gate. We booked … Continue reading Touring the Temple Towns, Part 1: Siem Reap

A Palace fit for a Disney King

While in Bangkok, a couple of months ago, John and I toured the Thai Grand Palace, which is the official residence of the Thai king and, although it is no longer where the Thai royalty live, it is still used for many official ceremonies. The Grand Palace is, not surprisingly, one of the top tourist … Continue reading A Palace fit for a Disney King