Wat Pho and The Reclining Buddha in Bangkok

Wat Pho, or The Temple of the Reclining Buddha, is a temple complex located in Bangkok’s Old City on Rattanakosin Island just south of the Grand Palace. The complex has the largest collection of Buddha statues in Thailand with the massive reclining Buddha as the big attraction.

The temple is classed as the highest grade of the first-class royal temples in Thailand and was featured in world’s top 25 landmarks by TripAdvisors Travelers’ Choice Awards 2016. This place is the real deal!

Wat Koh Sirey in Phuket: a Replica of Kyaiktiyo Pagoda in Burma

When my wife drove to Koh Sirey on the east side of Phuket Town, I had no idea I was on a small island. Koh Sirey (or Koh Siray) is so close to shore that it feels more like a cape. Just 20 km2, this area offers a completely different side of Phuket. Think Phuket 20-30 years ago. Think mangroves and rubber plantations. There’s even a sea gypsie village here, known locally as “Chao Ley.” Now we didn’t get to explore the island that much; we came just before sunset to visit the Koh Sirey Temple: a replica of the famous Kyaiktiyo Pagoda (Golden Rock) in Burma (Myanmar).

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Temples I Have Visited in Thailand

I like visiting temples. There is something holy about them. Something fascinating. And they play an important role for Thai people. In Thailand, a Buddhist temple is known as “wat,” which consists of two parts: the Phutthawat and the Sangkhawat. The Phutthawat is the area which is dedicated to Buddha and Sangkhawat is where the monks live while in practice. Below are the temples I have visited; big, small, crowded, deserted and even ruins. I love them all.

Wat Khuan Bosut, Thung Yai

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The Grand Palace: Such an Impressive Complex of Buildings

The Grand Palace is a must-see in Bangkok, but you should be ready for tons of tourists. This impressive complex of buildings is unquestionably the most famous landmarks in Bangkok and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Thailand. For 150 years the palace was home to the King and the entire government. Thai Kings stopped living in the palace full time until 1925. The complex also includes the Wat Phra Kaew or the Temple of the Emerald Buddha; the most famous temple in Thailand.