1: Thailand April 24 - May 1, 2011
2: Bangkok skyline from the Long Table bar on the 25th floor of Column Tower
3: Local produce: guava, banana, mangosteen, and pineapple | This restaurant promotes the health and safety aspects of condom use through support of Thailand's Population and Community Development Association
4: Songkran Festival in Phra Pradaeng, celebrating the Thai New Year - April 24 | Looking for a parade and ended up at a festival...
5: We were welcomed into the culture by being drenched with water and smeared with paste. | ...we never found the parade. | Thailand!
6: Temple sightseeing Bangkok April 25 | Construction took place under King Rama III in 1831 and completed in 1877 under King Rama V. In 1899 Rama V deposited Buddha's relics in the chedi atop the mount. | Giant Thailand Millipede
7: View of Bangkok
8: The Grand Palace | April 25
10: A mural encompassing the Royal Monastery depicting the Ramakien, Thailand's national epic, first painted during the reign of King Rama I and restored several times.
11: Wat Phra Kaew - Temple of the Emerald Buddha The Grand Palace | The Emerald Buddha, carved from a block of jade and discovered in 1434
12: Wat Po and The Temple of the Reclining Buddha April 25
13: Above: Three of the four chedis belonging to the 4 original kings of Thailand, two of which hold the ashes or Rama II and Rama III | The Buddha's feet, inlaid with mother of pearl.
14: At a park between the Grand Palace and Wat Pho Left and below: two types of plumeria tree
15: Above and below: Wat Arun from across Mae Nam Chao Phraya River, by day and by night. Right: lotus, a symbolic flower of Thailand
16: Dusit Zoo April 26th
17: Students who interviewed us for their English class. | Unexpected...
18: Dusit Park Bangkok April 26 | Vimanmek Mansion, the world's largest golden teak wood building | Ministry of the Interior | A water monitor walking freely around the grounds.
19: Tom Yum soup from a Chinese restaurant | A Heliconia plant outside of Craig's condo on Sukumvit Soy 10 | A funny label on juice in a supermarket | Our tuk tuk driver for our day of temple sightseeing | Guardingthe Grand Palace. | Miscellaneous Bangkok | A random sign with a humorous use of the English language.
20: Dokmai Gardens Chiang Mai April 27
21: Birdwing butterfly, wingspan approx. 10 in. | Guinea foul | Sacred mango tree - has gone uncut for 200 years and now has a shrine at its base | Jackfruit - tastes like banana Runt candies | Papaya | Ornamental and edible pineapples | The owners were gone, but the grandmother that didn't speak English was there and a Canadian, Shane, volunteering for two weeks. Luckily he was able to show us around. | Two types of rose apple - have a floral flavor | Water buffalo (a.k.a. the lawnmower) covered in fungicide | Signs from a more dangerous section of the garden | Buddha hand fruit | Seeds of a heliconia plant | Orchids and crab spider | Cotton used in dolls | Miracle fruit - everything eaten after it is sweet | Acerola - has three seeds and tastes like a sweet and tart cherry
22: Patara Elephant Farm Chiang Mai April 28 | Boonjen | Colasul
23: Lunch time at the waterfall with people from England, New Zealand, Canada, and Denver USA. On the menu: mango, banana, fried chicken, sticky rice, donuts with potato, and coconut. | Elephant breakfast: sugar cane, pumpkin, and bananas | Jeremy on his way to feed his elephant, Boonjen, sporting the threads the farm gave us for the day and Alyssa giving Colasul sugar cane. | Boonjen led by trainer, Tong
24: We gave our elephants a bath, then it was their turn! | Above: Colasul with his trainer, Tip. Tip loved taking lots of pictures with Alyssa's camera! | Kisses from the elephants | Daily dung checks are an important park of monitoring an elephant's health. | Prepping Colasul for bath time by brushing dirt off.
25: Craig perusing the women's section | Wildlife at the bar | Lovely insect snack selection. Jeremy ate a silk worm and a cicada. | Midnight meat carving for the day's sale | Pachara, one of the suppliers for Craig's company, toured us around part of Chiang Mai. She ordered all the food for us. These were some of the options. | Thai snack food: similar to ours, yet different | Before and after eating durian, a fruit that smells like rotting garbage. It's an aquired taste. | Wororot Night Market | Random Chiang Mai
26: Sanctuary of Truth Pattaya April 29 | Only wooden joints were used to hold the building together.
27: With the ground breaking in 1981, this entirely wooden structure has planned construction until at least 2030, but being built on the shore of the ocean, repairs will never cease due to the structure continually being exposed to the elements. The purpose of the Sanctuary is to reflect the thoughts and spirits of the eastern world and represent the relationship between humans and the universe.
28: Koh Samed April 29 - May 1 | Our resort and the two room "hut" where we stayed | The island had many strays who all seemed to enjoy their lives as beach dogs. This one adopted us for about an hour, following us around our resort. He was very friendly. | Who says going to the restroom isn't funny?
29: Fire performers at Ploy Talay restaurant. Alyssa went under the flaming limbo bar! | Restaurants lit up at night