Ayutthaya, Bang Pa In Summer Palace, Chai Wattanaram Temple

Monday, November 18th started out quite sad.  I received news that my cousin, Sharon, had passed away.  I have such wonderful memories of sharing holidays with our families at my grandparents home in the hills over-looking Medford, OR.

Shortly after that we found out that Tim’s father is back in the hospital.  My emotions bounced from grief to worry and back.

Saying farewell to the River Kwai, we traveled overland to Ayutthaya for a visit to the Summer Palace – Bang Pa In.  But first we made a stop at a roadside stall to have the opportunity to sample “Star Meat”, which turned out to be RAT!  Yes, I did try it.  Yes, it does taste like chicken.  And yes, I lived to tell about it.

No, Tim did not partake.

Star Meat (Rat)

Star Meat (Rat)

Kind of makes my tummy turn now though thinking about it, but not being one that wants to miss an opportunity…

On to more pleasant images:

This adorable little ones mother cooked the rat for us...

This adorable little ones mother cooked the rat for us…

The Summer Palace.

Summer Palace

Summer Palace – Bang Pa In

King's throne room

King’s throne room

At Summer Palace

At Summer Palace

We also had a very enjoyable visit to a local school to interact with beautiful, friendly children.  They proudly took us by the hand to lead us from room to room, show us their English reading skills, played games and posed for several delightful pictures.  All with cheerful smiles and twinkling eyes.

Aren't they beautiful!

Aren’t they beautiful!

My guides

My guides

Many of the homes are built on stilts due to flooding.  This is an example:

Home built on stilts

Home built on stilts

Finally a stop for a late lunch before arriving at our hotel.

Fruit

Dragon Fruit

A short rest and then we departed for an evening stop at UNESCO sites – Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Lokayasutharam) and  Chai Wattanaram Temple and dinner at a local restaurant.

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Lokayasutharam)

Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Lokayasutharam)

Chai Wattanaram Temple

Chai Wattanaram Temple

Chai Wattanaram Temple

Chai Wattanaram Temple

This was our last evening together as a large group.  Only 14 of us are continuing on up north and the remainder leave in the morning back to Bangkok.  We have been fortunate to have a well-traveled group of easy-going people who made things go smoothly.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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One Response to Ayutthaya, Bang Pa In Summer Palace, Chai Wattanaram Temple

  1. Ayutthaya seems to be a historical town ….nice post and pictures ….hope to visit it on our next trip to Bangkok ….and sry about your cousin

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