Sunday, 25 May 2008

AYUTTHAYA

The above header is the PRE RUP TEMPLE, CAMBODIA, with imposing brick towers dominating the plains, lintels in the towers built with harmony of colour between laterite, brick and sandstone.

Today, we take a break from Cambodia and go to Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Did you know that Ayutthaya existed from 1351 to 1747 as the capital of SIAM (Thailand) which was founded by the King Ramathibodi 1. Ayutthaya is about 75 km from north of Bangkok and is now famous for their ruins and monasteries.

We didn't go to Thailand to see Ayutthaya but went to Sri Ayutthaya Restaurant here for dinner on Sunday night, to celebrate a few of my family members birthday. Ayutthaya is one of my all time favourite Thai restaurant, it serves authentic Thai food and everyone from the cook to the waiters/waitresses are all Thai. Every decor is very Thai and reminded of Bangkok all the times.

The pineapple boat.


I often read someone in blogosphere blinging their bird house, but have you ever seen a bird house (below left) this beautiful? A miniature Thai house sits on top of a koi pond at the entrance. All typical Thai design with sharp and pointed roof.














Close up of the mini Thai house and in Thailand often, this serves as their spirit house as well and you see them everywhere in Thailand.


Very beautiful and intricate carvings from teak wood, another well known products of Thailand.


The dessert tray, spoilt for choices and my diet went down the drain!


As usual in all Thai houses and restaurants, figures of Buddhas are everywhere. They reminded my of my good blog-friend, Dany of A Garden in France: Marina's house decoration party and her latest post of Buddhas figures found in her house.


A peek into the Thai traditional costume, the cashier was gracious, smilling and with her trademark Thai greetings. Emi (she turns 11 this month) with the staff outside the restaurant.






















There are a few exiting giveaway, so do pop over and leave a comment to win something. Go to Blooming contest to win Clara's wonderful giveaway which ends 31st May 2008. She has the most charming handmade knots which I have never seen before. Wonderful artist Tracy of Hey Harriet is giving away her beautiful painting and contest ends 28th May 2008, you might just get lucky because I sure hope I get one of those fabulous giveaways. Tracy also started her Shadow Shot Sunday on shadow pictures, so I upload this picture of balustrade within Angkor Wat, Cambodia to follow her theme.

Update Lisa of Lisas RetroStyle has another giveaway, so do enter and win her prize...the more the merrier :)



We all love silks and silks in Asia, particularly Thailand and Cambodia are really beautiful, so how about a tour in the next post to see how they are produced and sold at Artisans Angkor. I found it really interesting because I never saw one until recently.
Picture of Artisans Angkor.



I shall say kop pun ka (thank you in Thai) for visiting and it has been great to know so many new friends everywhere :)