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Nakhon Si Thammarat Temple (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Wat Mahatat

Temple Grounds

Wat Mahatat Temple grounds

Here’s a picture of the main chedi (stupa) at Wat Mahatat in Nakhon si Thamarrat, in the South of Thailand. It’s one of my favorite temples in Thailand. As you head toward the chedi, to the left is an entrance to a building with a large number of Buddha statues around a courtyard – well worth a look.

Here are two pictures of Buddha statues found at this temple:


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.


Note: This will be our last Wednesday Photo post for awhile. We may start them up again sometime in the spring.

Thong Lo Street Vendor (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Seafood Vendor on Sukhumvit Road

Fish Vendor

Fish vendor, Thong Lo

Kasma has her tour groups stay at a hotel right at the intersection of Sukhumvit Road and Sukhumvit Soi 55, popularly called Thong Lo (but pronounced “Tawng Law”) so we’ve had many opportunities over the year to enjoy the lively street scene.

Heading towards the higher soi numbers on the odd soi side right past Sukhumvit there’s always vendors right on the street in the morning, selling everything from aprons to delicious Kanom Krok (Grilled Coconut-Rice Hot Cakes) – see Siripon, Maker of Kanom Krok.

I recently began scanning some of my old black and white negatives onto the computer and came across this seafood vendor. Most probably taken in 1994, on one of my very first trips to Thailand, seeing her smile, even after all this years, brings a responding smile to my face.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Painted Boat (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Pattani Painted Boat

Painted Boat

Painted boat in Pattani province

Pattani province, in southern Thailand, is famous for its painted, long-tail fishing boats. Here’s the photo of one of these famous boats that I promised last Wednesday.

Be sure to see last Wednesday’s painted dragon from one of the boats.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Painted Dragon (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Pattani Boat Dragon

Painted Dragon

Dragon detail from a boat

The southern Thailand province of Pattani, on the Gulf of Thailand/South China Sea side, is known for its painted fishing boats. Along with Yala and Narathiwat, Pattani province is predominantly Muslim. We used to travel there on Kasma’s trip to Southern Thailand but with the unrest in those provinces (there is a strong separatist movement) we’ve not been there since early 2003.

This dragon is a close-up from one of the boats. I wish I could tell you the beach where the picture was taken but I simply don’t remember. The picture was scanned from a color negative.

Be sure to look at next Wednesday’s photo of one of the boats.


The Wednesday Photo – a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Stewed Pork Leg (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Stewed Pork Leg Served over Rice

Pork Leg

Stewed pork leg

Kasma is currently in Thailand and I’m at home in the U.S. When she recently sent me this picture I got so hungry for pork leg that I had to cook it for myself.

This picture was taken on a recent tour to Thailand in the village of Bahn Rak Thai in Mae Hong Son province. The village was settled by Chinese expatriates who now grow tea. Kasma takes two of her trips up this village for a wonderful Chinese-style feast. This delicious, skin-on stewed pork leg is just one of the delicious dishes served.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.

Thai Novices (Wednesday Photo)

Michael Babcock, Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Young Thai Novices

Young Thai Novices

Young Thai Novices

At some point in Thailand you will come across the saffron-robed Thai monks; they are very much a part of Thai life, even in the cities. These young novices (not yet full-fledged monks) are part of a merit-making ceremony in Chiang Mai on the occasion of the King of Thailand’s 80th birthday in 2007.


The Wednesday Photo is a new picture each week highlighting something of interest in Thailand. Click on the picture to see a larger version.