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AV Trip Blog – Curry and Iced Coffee on the Streets of Bangkok, Thailand


Curry and Iced Coffee – Bangkok, Thailand

Ordering up some delicious Thai curry!

Ordering up some delicious Thai curry

We should be just arriving to the Philippines as this blog goes out, but before I left, I HAD to get my final fix of real Thai Curry and Iced Coffee! From our hotel, it is just a short walk to a great food stall area where there are primarily school kids and locals who work at the nearby hotels and shops. The food selection is wide, but Brad and I found a spot that we love and had to go back!

[Don't miss the awesome Thai Iced Coffee VIDEO!]

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AV Trip Blog – Will Gets a Haircut – Bangkok, Thailand


Will Gets a Haircut – Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Phra Kaew - Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Bangkok, Thailand - AbsoluteVisit - Travel

I needed a haircut pretty bad … you don’t wanna see my neck!

Alright alright people – calm down! No, this is not a new AbsoluteVisit or some kind of trick. But, it is a pretty serious topic for travelers – haircuts. Like most people, I used to take getting a haircut for granted. In the US, it is as simple as showing up to your nearest barber, telling them what you want, handing over 15 bucks, and getting on with your day.

[WATCH the full experience in my haircut video!]

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Chilies, Crickets, Tuk-Tuk’s and Manhattans – Bangkok, Thailand


Control Our Trip – Bangkok Edition

We asked you on Facebook how we should spend our free day in Bangkok last week. We tried to give you a few fun options to choose from, but being the tough bunch that you are, settling on one activity wasn’t what you had in mind. You repeatedly asked us to do all of them.

Brad on the verge of puking after eating 10 green chilies

You’ll be happy to know that we accepted your challenge last Thursday. We spent the day roaming around Bangkok, making lots of locals laugh and having a blast trying to get through everything. One of the most fun days of the trip for sure!

[Watch the video to see Brad drive a tuk-tuk with his mouth on fire and so much more!]

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AV Trip Blog – Wat Phra Kaew Visit – AbsoluteVisit #38


Wat Phra Kaew Visit, AV #38

Wat Phra Kaew - Temple of the Emerald Buddha - Bangkok, Thailand - AbsoluteVisit - Travel

Wat Phra Kaew – An Outsiders View

Before returning to Wat Phra Kaew, Brad and I were talking about it quite a bit. We were actually knocking it pretty hard which pushed our expectations to an extreme low. I distinctly remember us talking about the fact that it was not very big and just not that impressive. Perhaps these were our memories from our previous trip altered by the unbelievable size of the sites we had just seen in Myanmar. Or maybe we were just in a bad mood. :) Regardless, we were wrong.

[For insane detail, incredible buildings, and a legendary history - READ on!]

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THE Emerald Buddha – Wat Phra Kaew – Bangkok, Thailand


AV Trip Photo – THE Emerald Buddha – Wat Phra Kaew – Bangkok, Thailand

Wat Phra Kaew or Temple of the Emerald Buddha has always been mysteriously named for me and I am sure for others as well. When you go to this site, you might even miss the actual Emerald Buddha! The site itself is fairly large and has enough beautiful detail to fill an art gallery, enough wondrous architecture to write a book about, and as many statues as you would need to wage war against the Terra Cotta warriors. All of this and no mention of the Emerald Buddha.

Well, today I wanted to share the actual Emerald Buddha with you. He is incredible and also incredibly hard to take a photo of. Photography is not allowed inside the temple itself, but if you are patient you can snap off a pretty decent picture of him from outside!

THE Emerald Buddha - Wat Phra Kaew - Bangkok, Thailand

Golden Garuda Corner – Wat Phra Kaew – Bangkok, Thailand


AV Trip Photo – Golden Garuda Corner – Wat Phra Kaew – Bangkok, Thailand

The symbol of The Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew) is I guess the Emerald Buddha himself. However, I feel like over time with the difficulty of snapping a high quality photo of the actual Emerald Buddha, this has actually began to shift. The exterior walls of the Temple are lined with these amazing golden Garudas and they have in my mind, “stole the show.”

If you show this photo to anyone that has been to Wat Phra Kaew and many that have not, they can tell you exactly where it came from. And when YOU visit Wat Phra Kaew for yourself, you’ll also see just how many people are lining up to take photos of these incredible statues and now, the symbol of Wat Phra Kaew according to me!

Golden Garuda Corner - Wat Phra Kaew - Bangkok, Thailand

Kaleidoscope Buddha – Wat Phra Kaew – Bangkok, Thailand


AV Trip Photo – Kaleidoscope Buddha – Wat Phra Kaew – Bangkok, Thailand

As I wandered almost aimlessly around Wat Phra Kaew, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, I was suddenly drawn to this particular buddha as if I was being hypnotized. I stood there for a moment not only focused on the buddha, but the incredibly symmetrical and colorful background. The greens, golds, reds, and blues are such simple colors, but the pattern they were presented in simply mesmerized me.

This particular buddha is located on one of the corners of the Prasat Phra Thep Bidon (Royal Pantheon) which is a building just next to the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. This is just another reminder to make sure you explore this entire site. There is so much to see!

Kaleidoscope Buddha - Wat Phra Kaew - Bangkok, Thailand

AV Trip Blog – Wat Rong Khun (White Temple) – Chiang Rai, Thailand


Creepy, Spectacular, Ornate and Not Finished

While passing through Chiang Rai on our way to Laos, we came across one of the strangest religious sites that we have ever visited – Wat Rong Khun. Commonly referred to as the White Temple by tourists, this modern day buddhist site has been shocking visitors eyes since construction began in 1996.

The extreme detail covering every square inch of the temple is oddly spooky, but spectacular at the same time. It gets even stranger when you walk inside the temple. The interior walls are plastered with modern day pop figures, including Superman, Batman and Neo from The Matrix.

Wat Rong Khun offers a refreshing break from the monotony of temple hopping through Southeast Asia. It is undoubtedly one of the coolest religious sites that we’ve explored anywhere in the world.

Oh and lastly, the temple is still under construction and not expected to be completed until 2070. Sounds a lot like Sagrada Familia in Barcelona to us :)

If you happen to be in Chiang Rai, make plans to enjoy sunrise or sunset at the temple. Until you make your visit, here are a couple of pictures we captured on ours. Enjoy!

Chiang Rai White Temple

The front of an awesome bridge taking you into the temple
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Buddha Gold – Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai, Thailand


AV Trip Photo – Buddha Gold – Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai, Thailand

With dozens of buddhas surrounding the temple grounds, we picked this one to focus on as it seemed to be alive. Just like many of the temple patrons, it was carrying a lotus flower and seemed to “enter” with peace. This was the same feel I had from many of the people entering the temple grounds.

What I also love about this photo is the intense gold that shines deeply in buddhas face. Behind buddha is the center-piece of the complex which shares a similar gold color. The two of them together create a vivd golden image that brings about exoticism, mystery, and power.

Buddha Gold - Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Lotus Prayer – Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai, Thailand


AV Trip Photo – Lotus Prayer – Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep – Chiang Mai, Thailand

As we circled the Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep Temple, it was clear how sacred this temple was by the number of local and domestic tourists who had come to this temple to simply, pray. Many of them held a lotus flower and looked up to the stupa in front of them with deep, serious, and focused eyes. In many ways, this is one of our favorite things to observe at religious sights, the people. Based on the people and their actions, the place you are in, takes on a whole new feeling and in nearly all cases brings it to life.

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