Reclining Buddhas in Thailand

A reclining Buddha is a statue that represents Buddha during his last moments and entry into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnations (the cycle of death and rebirth). He is lying on the right side with his head resting on a cushion or relying on his right elbow, supporting his head with his hand.

The statues are often huge, and there is something exciting about them. Here are three big reclining Buddhas I have visited and the name of the temples that house them.

Wat Pho in Bangkok

Saint Joseph Church in Ayutthaya – the Oldest Church in Thailand

When my wife and I visited Ayutthaya Historical Park last year, we ended the day at a restaurant called Ruean Kanya to try out the famous giant river prawns. While sitting along the Chao Praya River, I noticed a building on the other side which I googled later and found out was a church named St. Joseph Church. This lovely little church, bright yellow in color, is the oldest Catholic church in Thailand. It was built in 1666 following a request of the Vietnamese missionaries headed by French Bishop Lambert de la Motte.

st-josephs-churchPhoto credit: ใต้เพิง trekkingthai.com

Giant River Prawns in Ayutthaya

A while ago I made a post about Ayutthaya Historical Park. Ayutthaya is not only famous for the ancient ruins – the giant prawns from Chao Phraya river must not be missed! Several restaurants are serving these ridiculously large prawns. As for which one is best, I don’t know, but we ended up at a restaurant called Ruean Kanya, after our tuk-tuk driver told us about this place. Boy oh boy! These prawns were so fresh and delicious. Before we ordered they let us see the live prawns in a water tank.

I have tried giant prawns before, but it was not from freshwater, and the texture was very mealy. But these prawns were different from anything else I’ve tried before. They had a sweet taste and perfect texture. The prawns were sliced in half and cooked on a hot grill, shell down and served with a chili dipping sauce.

The prawns are quite expensive – around 1,000 baht per kg. We ordered just two prawns, cut into four halves, and it was a perfect dish along with a couple of other dishes.

Giant River Prawns
Giant River Prawns. Cooked on a hot grill. Delicious!

GoPro Video Thailand 2015

I bought a GoPro camera just before we went to Thailand this time, and it was a lot of fun to put together this video. The model I used is a GoPro Hero3 White Edition Slim and the locations in the video are Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Krabi, Lam Thap, Ao Nang, Railay Bay, Poda Island, Koh Kho Khao and Phuket. Please watch the video in 720p60 HD.