Thailand (II): Passing through ancient empires

Thailand´s landscape is generally pretty flat in the central area – where Bangkok is located – but begins to roughen up as we move away from the capital. To the north, stand some of the most impressive ruins of the old Siamese empire, whose capital, at some point, was the city of Ayutthaya. Heading East, bordering Cambodia, we stand in Khmer territory, an even older empire irradiating from the city of Angkor.

Taking all the heavily historical places aside and the numerous temples found everywhere, Thailand is a pretty much down to earth, westernized open-market society with their more than fare share of “concrete boxes” and housing developments. The scale is, however, much more humane than it is in, say, Latin America, for example.

Strong family ties, buddhist devotion and the ubiquitous presence of the Royal Family are the bonding factors of national identity.

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Samut Songkhran, Thailand, 2013

↑The kindliest, friendliest and most lighthearted of all Buddhist monks I have ever seen!

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Samut Songkhran, Thailand, 2013

↑Talking about over-decoration…

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Don Hoi Lot, Thailand, 2013

↑That´s how the land ends and the ocean begins at Don Hoi Lot; seamlessly without warning, no rolling waves, sandy beaches or rocky edges…

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Nakon Pathon, Thailand, 2013

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Ayutthaya, Thailand, 2013

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Ayutthaya, Thailand, 2013

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Ayutthaya, Thailand, 2013

↑Talking about over-decoration… (II)

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Ayutthaya, Thailand, 2013

↑Really huge!

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Ayutthaya, Thailand, 2013

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Train to Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, 2013

↑Thai trains have a delicious retro touch to them…

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Train to Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, 2013

↑Those unexpected purple curtains really drawn my attention…

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Phimai, Thailand, 2013

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Phimai, Thailand, 2013

↑Like water in the monsoon, the Royal Family is always present.

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Phimai, Thailand, 2013

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Phimai, Thailand, 2013

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Phimai, Thailand, 2013

↑Cracked up but still hanging on.

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Phimai, Thailand, 2013

↑The sky, down below.

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Phimai, Thailand, 2013

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Phimai, Thailand, 2013

↑Pinkie pink!

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Nang Rong, Thailand, 2013

All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2013

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9 responses

  1. These pictures remind me of my childhood. I grew up in Malaysia and Thiland is similar; the amazing amount of water, Buddist Temples and kind, smiling faces! I’ve been enjoying your blog, thank you for your honest outlook!

    November 12, 2013 at 04:55

    • António Marques

      Thank you for letting me know, Martine.

      November 12, 2013 at 17:14

  2. HI
    The Pics are heartwarming and at the same time the colors have an altogether wonderful feeling in the brain… i am an ardent admirer of yours and i have a small query is it necessary to have a full sensor camera to take pics…

    November 16, 2013 at 08:18

    • António Marques

      Thanks, Arun. Full sensor advantages are limited, in my opinion, to shallow depth of field and better low light capacity. Not a big issue for me. Smaller size (and price tag) are more important.

      November 16, 2013 at 17:59

  3. perfect!!

    November 18, 2013 at 10:14

  4. martinlever

    nice album.

    November 23, 2013 at 11:15

  5. Antonio, we have not yet visited Ayutthaya, but your pictures show that this region of Thailand is also interesting as Cambodia with its temples.

    March 9, 2014 at 06:03

    • António Marques

      I never was in Cambodia but I think there are many more temples with different architectural styles in Thailand. None of them can compete with Angkor Vat, thought.

      March 9, 2014 at 12:15

      • Angkor Wat is only one, the biggest but not the best from more than one thousand of temples of Angkor Complex in Cambodia. This is the magical region. I wrote about some temples on my blog.

        March 9, 2014 at 16:58

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