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.
↑The kindliest, friendliest and most lighthearted of all Buddhist monks I have ever seen!
↑Talking about over-decoration…
↑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…
↑Talking about over-decoration… (II)
↑Thai trains have a delicious retro touch to them…
↑Those unexpected purple curtains really drawn my attention…
↑Like water in the monsoon, the Royal Family is always present.
↑Cracked up but still hanging on.
↑The sky, down below.
All photographs by António Marques – © António Marques Photography, 2013