Thursday, April 19, 2018

10 Authentic things to try whilst you are in Phuket



 This list is taken from an article by the Travelling King (https://www.travellingking.com) which can be read in full here - https://www.travellingking.com/10-authentic-experiences-try-phuket/

Phuket is one of those places in Thailand whose reputation precedes it. Fittingly called the pearl of the Andaman, the island lures millions of travelers every year.”

     1) Marvel at the #BuddhaCave in #PhangNga - Wat Suwan Khuha - https://goo.gl/maps/m2EgFWvWaAr

2) Take a Thai Cooking Class - this can be done at #CapePanwaHotel - https://www.capepanwa.com/activities.php 


3) Explore #PhuketOldTown - this can be done by yourself - (here’s an App - https://www.gpsmycity.com/gps-tour-guides/phuket-4988.html) or contact Phuket Heritage Trails - https://www.phuketheritagetours.com

4) Visit the fisherman village of #KohPanyee - https://goo.gl/maps/dVyXpSyWrmu

5) Shop and eat at the Night Markets



6) Give a shot at #MuayThai

7) Gorge on the #Seafood at #BangPae - https://goo.gl/maps/YoaZhyfwLwT2 



8) Check out the #Phuket Amulet Market - http://timinphuket-thingstodo.blogspot.com/2016/04/amulet-alley.html

9) Sail aboard the Chinese Junk boat #JuneBahtra - https://www.facebook.com/junebahtra
10) Pamper yourself with a Traditional Thai Massage – which can be enjoyed adjacent to the beach at Cape Panwa Hotel - https://www.capepanwa.com - or nearby




      

Monday, April 16, 2018

BKK 101 - Ayutthaya


Thailand certainly is an amazing place and has an enormous number of beautiful places to visit.

Each week we post a link to an article in Bangkok 101 - https://www.bangkok101.com/  - this week we chose to share an article written by Dr Tom Vitayakul and his unique take on Thailand and Ayutthaya - https://www.bangkok101.com/on-ayutthaya-oct-2017/

“With five revolving dynasties and 33 kings, backstabbing, coup d’ètats, treason, poisoning and plain old murder were just part of the game. Some of these monarchs were on the throne for only two months or less.”

The history of the Ancient City started centuries ago with the mixing of the Chinese, Japanese, Indians, Persians and more began to mingle with the local people. Kings built their palaces here to “escape the prying eyes of the main court” – which meant that Ayutthaya was always filled with something special.

Ayutthaya lost its sovereignty twice to Burma (1569 and 1767) – and could regain it, which left much of the temples in Ayutthaya in ruins and now it is a UNESCO site.

Dr Tom Vitayakul has some recommendations for us;

- Favourite temple: Wat Nha Phra Mane - https://goo.gl/maps/sQxdNXAG3TB2 - where there is a traditional green Buddha statue.

- Place for History Buffs: Ayutthaya Historical study centre - https://goo.gl/maps/TuQfzY13jT52 - where there are interesting exhibitions to be found.

- Real treasures: Chao Sam Phyra National Museum: - https://goo.gl/maps/NQpjZWuCjvp - where there are priceless pieces to see - https://www.renown-travel.com/daytripsayutthaya/chaosamphrayamuseum.html

- Romantic Ruins: Wat Chai Wattanaram - https://goo.gl/maps/qf4Ves7ytox - on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and best viewed as the sun is setting - https://www.wmf.org/project/wat-chaiwatthanaram

- Popular: Bang Pa-In Summer Palace.

If you are unable to get all that way to Ayutthaya there is a scaled down version at the Ancient City in Samut Prakan - http://ancientcitygroup.net/ancientsiam/en/ but if you can please stay with us at Kantary Hotel AyutthayaOR Classic Kameo Ayutthaya. 





      

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Songkran Temple Tour in Bangkok


Celebrate the Thai New Year by making merit at ten well-known temples around Bangkok.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand, together with the BMTA, are organising an event called “Sawadee Pee Mai Thai… Wai Phra 10 Wat” (สวัสดีปีใหม่ไทย… ไหว้พระ10วัด). 

Thai Buddhists and foreign tourists are invited aboard a special free bus service from 6th to 17th April to make merit at 10 temples during the Songkran New Year holiday. 

The service runs from 8:00am to 4:00pm and starts from the Victory Monument.


The ten temples are as follows: 

The Marble Temple – https://goo.gl/maps/TAuJdufMkv72

Wat Sam Phraya Worawiharn – https://goo.gl/maps/gEZ5NWJLNSJ2

Wat Chanasongkhram Ratchaworamahawihan – https://goo.gl/maps/DgZg7WP2sNB2

Wat Bowonniwet – https://goo.gl/maps/jmDr7amS2Hq


Temple of the Emerald Buddha – https://goo.gl/maps/4H9XTYxMCvD2

Temple of the Reclining Buddha – https://goo.gl/maps/S16v1yf2EFP2


Wat Ratchanatda (Metal Castle) – https://goo.gl/maps/68nruX9Hubp



 A gentle reminder of what #Songkran and all the water is about, please dress with respect.