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1: THE MOUNTAIN TEMPLE, WAT ARAT | November 7th
2: The natural BEAUTY of southern Thailand was stunning.
4: PHANG NGA BAY, PHUKET | November 7
5: THE MOUNTAIN TEMPLE, WAT ARAT | November 8
9: KRABI, SOUTH END | November 9
10: WEST KRABI COAST | November 10
11: We spent the day with elephants!
13: "I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars." Walt Whitman
14: AT THE START of the Rattanakosin or Bangkok period in the late eighteenth century, when the capital was finally settled at Bangkok, an elephant kraal was established in Krabi by order of Chao Phraya Nakorn (Noi), the governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat, which was by then a part of the Thai Kingdom. He sent his vizier, the Phra Palad, to oversee this task, which was to ensure a regular supply of elephants for the larger town. So many followers emigrated in the steps of the Phra Palad that soon Krabi had a large community in three different boroughs: Pakasai, Khlong Pon, and Pak Lao. x | In 1872, King Chulalongkorn graciously elevated these to town status, called Krabi, a word that preserves in its meaning the monkey symbolism of the old standard. The town's first governor was Luang Thep Sena, though it continued a while as a dependency of Nakhon Si Thammarat. This was changed in 1875, when Krabi was raised to a fourth-level town in the old system of Thai government. Administrators then reported directly to the central government in Bangkok, and Krabi's history as a unique entity separated from the other provinces, had begun.
15: ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL SUNSET OFF KRABI POINT | November 11
16: ELEPHANTS AT PATARA FARM | November 12
17: LONGTAIL BOATS OFF THE COAST OF MAYA BAY | November 13
21: SWALLOW CAVES BY MAYA BAY | November 14
22: "The entire ocean is affected by a pebble." | Blaise Pascal
23: "I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars." | Walt Whitman