12.16.2013

Bangkok, Thailand and the Buddhas



Wat Pho is home to the 160 foot long Reclining Buddha.  What an amazing sight.  His body is made of gold leaf and his feet of mother of pearl.  Wat Pho is the largest temple in Bankok and has over 1000 other Buddha statues.  It also houses a monastery .  We were lucky enough to be able to see a monk initiation ceremony performed while we were there.  The monks were chanting, incense was wafting through the air, the family were seated at tables, eating and praying.  

At Wat Traimit you will find the Golden Buddha, which is exactly that, solid gold.  It is just short of 10 feet and weighs 5 1/2 tons, and is estimated to be worth 250 million dollars.

While in Bangkok, we stayed at the Sukhothai hotel.  This is a beautiful hotel and in a great location.  Just 2 doors away is the Moon Bar and Vertigo Restaurant at the Banyan Tree Hotel.  These are both on the roof of the hotel with an amazing, panoramic view of the city of Bangkok, all lit up with lights.  Gorgeous and quite the romantic spot.  Not to be missed.