Video: Bangkok – Ayutthaya

The ancient capital of the kingdom of Siam, Ayutthaya was a breathtaking day trip! When you find yourself next in Bangkok, don’t leave without seeing this incredible piece of history for yourself.

Enjoy this video the hubs made! I’m so glad for his ever-patient soul, never complaining when his wife runs off to take “just one more” photograph.

Click here to watch a video at Wat Pho Temple!

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Video: Bangkok – Exploring Wat Pho

We had so much fun in Bangkok! One of our favorite temples was Wat Pho, home of Thailand’s largest reclining Buddha, the birthplace of Thai massage, and just one of the most breathtaking temple complexes I’ve even seen.

As promised, here is a short video of us exploring Wat Pho! Between my photographs, and the hubs’ video skills, we are unstoppable when it comes to travel documentation.

To read a full post on adventures to have in Bangkok, read Bangkok: Things To Do!

Click here to watch a video of us exploring Ayutthaya!

 

 

 

 

 

Bangkok: Things to Do

In summer 2015 we took a two week trip to Thailand. It was one of the most memorable experiences I’ve had, and I can’t wait to share some details with you in a series of blog posts!

Today, let’s talk about Bangkok.  This is a city that gets a mixed review from travelers.  While planning the trip, I was very unsure whether to skip Bangkok entirely and head for the hills (Chiang Mai) as soon as we landed. We decided to give it a chance, however, and I am so glad we did!  Besides the delicious food, bustling street life, and colorful tourist shopping typical of all locations in Thailand, Bangkok offers some of the most astounding temple complexes, interesting local markets, and a large variety of day trips.  Below, I’ll outline three categories of things to do: (1) Temples, (2) Markets, and (3) Day Trips. I’ll detail my favorite example of each category, and then list others you should check out too!

1. Temples

 Wat Pho – Wow this place was insane. When you research Wat Pho, the typical image that appears is a reclining Buddha the size of a cruise ship (not quite, but yeah). A reclining Buddha represents entering into Nirvana, and the ending of all reincarnations. This is one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand, so it’s definitely worth checking out! Maybe the best part of the statue are the feet, which are covered in beautiful engravings and mother-of-pearl inlays.

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After seeing the statue, now you can wander around the temple complex! It was incredible, we spent about 2 hours meandering, and still didn’t see it all!

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Click here to watch a video of us meandering around Wat Pho!

Other temples to check out:

2. Markets

Amulet Market – Another cool place to check out would be the amulet market.  Open every day of the week from 7am-5pm, the amulet market is a great opportunity to get off the beaten path of tourist traps.

Thailand is one of the largest producers, sellers, and exporters of amulets. From warding off sickness, to finding true love, to obtaining monetary fortune, Thais place great trust in these manufactured trinkets.

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Chatuchak Weekend Market – This place was INSANE. Never ending maze of stalls, organized into sections based on product type.  This market was a well-oiled machine.  Grab a map of the market (available on site or here!), otherwise you will get seriously lost in this massive tourist trap treasure hunt. Oh, and make sure to grab a smoothie! Fresh fruit smoothies are a highlight of street food life in Bangkok. At 50 Baht (or $1.50) a pop, I was slurping these down morning, noon, and night.

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Other markets to check out:

3. Day Trips

Ayutthaya – Wow, just wow.  This day trip surpassed all of my expectations. Thailand wasn’t always called Thailand. For a larger portion of its history, this part of the world was known as the kingdom of Siam. On this day trip you will explore the ancient capital of Siam: Ayutthaya. Built in 1351, this city represented the every-growing power of an ancient kingdom. However, ruthless Burmese armies eventually invaded and destroyed the city. The heads of all the temple statues were severed, leaving the once beautiful city a place of ruin.

This trip is an all-day affair, as there are more than a few various temple complexes to explore. Grueling, but so so worth it.  The ancient temples look, at times, almost alien. And the freedom you have to mill around and explore will more than satisfy your inner Indiana Jones adventure spirit.  (Tip: if you’ve spent more than an hour drooling over photos of Thailand during your travel planning, you’ve probably seen images of the famous Buddha head wrapped in tree roots. This is in Ayutthaya, so keep your eyes peeled!)

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Click here to see a video of us exploring Ayutthaya!

Other day trips to check out:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pure Hike: Our First Giveaway!

give.away.blogIt’s time for our first Pure Hike Giveaway! We are so excited to share a little bit of East Asia with you, seeing it’s been our life for the past 11 months. Here is how the giveaway works:

All pledgers get an equal chance at winning the giveaway! If you have previously pledged, your name has already been entered into the drawing. If you have not pledged, you have until Monday, January 25th to make your pledge and be entered in the drawing!

Description of items: Cute character socks, popular Korean ramen, strange and fruity Japanese candies, “instant” ice cream, a tiger facial beauty mask, and lots more!

ANY pledge will get you entered in this giveaway! Every little bit helps! Wether it’s 1 cent per mile, or 1 dollar per mile, everything is appreciated and everybody will have an equal chance of winning.

Thank you for your support, you are saving lives with every penny you pledge!

Click here to make a pledge and be entered into the drawing.

Click here to learn more about Pure Hike.

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