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13 August 2006 @ 02:10 am
Bad connecting flights meant a full day stop at Bangkok. So, we took the opportunity of roaming around the city. Twenty four hours is too short for anything, but we are glad to have seen Bangkok's most famous Buddhist temples and cruise on the Chao Phraya river. The unique architecture of their temples is something that I had only seen in the movies and photographs before and to be there in person is a much different experience. And as always, photographs cannot to any justice to the grandeur of any place - wild or man made - and you just have to be there to feel it.

This is not the kind of photography I usually do, but it's a nice break from craving for that perfect background and light which plays such an important role in making wildlife images. So, here are some images from those few hours in the kingdom of Thailand:

Tuk Tuk - the taxi for the common man

A vegetable vendor selling pumpkins

Buses love to be colorful like this one...

Motorbike Taxi!! Makes sense for a person traveling alone.

An ancient-look boat sails past the Hilton on the Chao Phraya river

Nice place for dinner - on a boat on the river of kings (Chao Phraya)

Dinner being served

View from the boat as the sun sets in

Last rays of the sun on a Thai temple

A temple is lit up after the sun goes down

Cruising on the river

Cruising on the river after sunset

The Thai grand palace at night

The Golden Buddha at Wat Trimitr - 5 tons of solid gold!

A monk entering a temple at Wat Pho

A warrior seems to be guarding the gates at Wat Pho

Chedis at Wat Pho. Chedis are built to commemorate great Thai kings and these four Chedis were built to honor the first three Chakri kings. They are like pyramids in a sense except that no bodies or human parts are inside the Chedi.

The Chedi for King Rama III. The color of the Chedi is different for each king and represents the color of the day they were born

The four large chedis - note the difference in color

There are smaller Chedis besides the four super large ones as well

A temple inside Wat Pho

The art of the Thai massage illustrated on this ancient wall.

Monks meditating in the Wat Pho temple

A mural at Wat Pho

Wat Pho's most famous Buddha - the 50 meter(!!) gold plated reclining Buddha.

People like to stick gold foils on the Buddha to help them attain what they seek in their next lives

Pillar of elephants.

A glass window in the Wat Banjamaborpitr temple

The Wat Banjamaborpitr temple which is built from marble imported from Italy

The peaceful Buddha inside the Wat Banjamaborpitr temple

Current Mood: calmcalm
Manu Bhardwajmanubhardwaj on August 13th, 2006 10:06 am (UTC)
This is absolutely fantastic photography. It actually looks better in your photographs than it did to my own eyes. You took so many excellent photographs in just a single day!

As an aside, I can't believe you did, in one day, what took me a week!
Yathinyathin on August 13th, 2006 11:03 am (UTC)
> As an aside, I can't believe you did, in one day, what took me a week!

But I'm pretty sure I spent a lot more money in that one day than you did in a week :D
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 13th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
Wildlife or buildings, whatever you turn your cameras on becomes magical.
Yathinyathin on August 13th, 2006 11:04 am (UTC)
Nopes... It's just the places which are magical. :)
Pennyaellia on August 13th, 2006 10:18 am (UTC)
A glorious glimpse of Bangkok!!
Verdandi Weavesverdandiweaves on August 13th, 2006 10:22 am (UTC)
These are amazing - thank you.
Atopiaailleurs on August 13th, 2006 10:33 am (UTC)
Thanks for the virtual voyage! Those were gorgeous!
~time~fiery_fiona on August 13th, 2006 10:54 am (UTC)
never knew there were motorbike taxis!!! :DDD

Awesome photographs...the one with the chedis .. How did you capture them in the angular fashion? they seem to be converging!(but they are vertical!)
Yathinyathin on August 13th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
Re: :D
> How did you capture them in the angular fashion?

That's usual wide-angle stuff. I just went down on my knees to get more of the sky.
Re: :D - fiery_fiona on August 13th, 2006 11:19 am (UTC) (Expand)
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 13th, 2006 11:37 am (UTC)
Since you keep saying you are not a professional, you do this out of love, tell me what I must do in order to get some prints from you? I would be so happy to pay printing costs, postage costs, whatever it takes.
Yathinyathin on August 13th, 2006 11:46 am (UTC)
The simplest (quickest, easiest and probably the best) way is for me to email a larger resolution picture and you can get in printed in any studio in Sweden.
ZuZusuzan_s on August 13th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
Wow, wow, WOW! You got some great photos for only one day. They're all terrific but the night shots were awesome. What a beautiful place!
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on August 13th, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Nice pictures...
These places look fabulous though i must agree that spiritual places dont attract me much.
sandykinssandykins on August 13th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
Breathtaking..especially some shots in the boat!!
Anuazooey on August 13th, 2006 02:23 pm (UTC)
stunning pics! are you travelling alone? whats ur iternary like?
Yathinyathin on August 13th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm back in namma Bengaluru.
depontideponti on August 13th, 2006 03:07 pm (UTC)
Thank you SO much Yathin. In the first place, you took me back to a place I really loved (we decided to blow up some money and DID stay in the Hilton that you photographed!)...and the sights, and sounds, and smells, all came rushing back....

and of course the photographs are excellent, you seem to have packed your day to great advantage to you..and to us!
First name, a nickname or a handlesmriti on August 13th, 2006 03:43 pm (UTC)
hey, very nice pics, thanks for posting!
Margaretrivendweller on August 13th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Very interesting! Thanks for posting this.
Sandeepsan_deep on August 13th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
Simply superb dude...