Monday, 14 April 2014

Living the Thai life

So we're finally here, the house has gone, as have the jobs, and all our worldy possessions are in lock-up storage garage! Eek! Anyway, trying not to think about that. So we started our travelling adventure with a few nights in Bangkok, suffice to say, as it is the most humid time of year here at the moment, Bangkok seemed busier and hotter than ever. We walked around a little, but mostly rested at the hotel pool!

Now we are an hour north of Bangkok, in the country's ancient capital, Ayutthaya, a lovely town full of smiling people and temples everywhere, as you can see below.

As well as being so hot, it is also Thailand's New Year at the moment, called Songkram, which involves a few days of celebrating, having fun, and blessing each other with water, and covering each other's face with a flour paste - this tradition has moved on to huge water guns and buckets of freezing cold water - we got very wet! The kids couldn't have been cuter though!

We're staying in a lovely Homestay called Baan Thai House which is within walking distance of the main town, but far out enough to be so peaceful, the surrounding gardens are beautiful. We have our own little villa, huge bed and great shower - what else could I ask for! We had dinner in their restaurant which was nice, and the breakfast was a good start to the day.

We then decided to go on not one, but two tours! The first was by tuk tuk around the city visiting various temples, as seen above. Here's me trying not to bang my head in our party tuk tuk.

As I can't seem to go anywhere without seeing possible quilt blocks, I thought I would share..

This evening we went on a river cruise, again visiting more temples, but also experiencing life along the Chao Phraya River.

We finished the evening at a night market for dinner and a beer.

I love this last picture! Tomorrow we're off to Chang Mai in the north.

 

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