This young Thai woman was hard at work selling dried seafood in one of Bangkok’s many farmer’s markets.
Getting ready for a ride on Bangkok’s Skytrain! The skytrain is easy to use and very similar to the Washington, DC metro system.
My fellow Blue Elephant classmates hard at work!
A delicious traditional Thai meal prepared by yours truly. From left to right: Stir-fried chicken with black pepper sauce, Spicy prawn salad with Thai herbs, Red tilapia topped with red curry sauce and Hot and Sour soup with prawns.
The magnificent temple of Dawn, Wat Arun. Think you can climb to the top?
Wat Traimit is one of many stunning temples you’ll find all over Bangkok. Wondering who the guy in the picture is? That’s King Rama IX who has ruled since 1946.
The Golden Buddha inside Wat Traimit. And yes, that’s 100% solid gold!
More of Bangkok’s wonderful street food. This Thai vendor is cooking up a simple treat of coconut pancakes, topped with shredded mango. Perfect for snacking on the go!
Two of the guardians of Wat Po, the oldest temple in Bangkok.
In Thai culture, it is disrespectful to take photos of Buddha standing up because it means you are higher or greater than Buddha. Photos should always be taken from a seated or kneeling position as a sign of respect.
You don’t see random moments like this in the U.S.!
Another of Bangkok’s fresh food markets.
This friendly Thai woman is all smiles as she prepares food to sell for the day.
Ox cart riding in Khao Yai National Park. Riding from the park to city by ox cart took almost 2 weeks in ancient times.
The lush jungle of Khao Yai National Park are truly a sight to behold.
The dry season in Thailand caused this usually overflowing waterfall to dry up, but it’s still beautiful to look at.
A few of Khao Yai’s wild monkeys came out to play. How cute are they!
– Don’t feel like spending money at a fancy spa? Local spots like Ayothaya Massage give great service for less than $10. I spent less than $30 on 2 foot and 1 Thai massage…score!
These Buddhas are dressed to impress!
Amazing to think structures like this have been around for centuries.
Ruins like this were almost destroyed during the terrible floods that ravaged Thailand last year. Fortunately many were saved with little to no damage.
The grounds of the royal family’s summer home. Can you say gorgeous!
The home where the royal family stays during the summer months. Queen Elizabeth II of the U.K. was the first royal visitor to the home.
The front of the royal summer home. Nice!
The yellow flowers you see are Thailand’s national flower called the Golden Shower. No R. Kelly jokes!
Riding through the river with friends on an elephant. This is life!
Couldn’t resist taking a pic of this baby elephant. Check out the flower in her hair!
The jungles of Kanchanaburi, Thailand, a few hours outside of Bangkok.
How would you like to wake up to this every morning? Amazing!
A peaceful view of Bangkok at dusk.
One of the best known images from Thailand is this one of the Sandstone Buddha head entangled in a tree, which is located in Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya, Thailand.
Ladyboys are all the rage in Bangkok and this waitress was kind enough to show my friends and I a good time at the Dollhouse ladyboy go-go bar in the Soi Cowboy red light district. Fun times!
Did you know that the big belly "buddha" image we're used to seeing isn't of Buddha at all? It's actually the image of a happy monk who was so loved by those around them that they created a statue in his image after his death.
Believe it or not fried chicken and fried banana are common street foods in Thailand. So if you're not into eating locusts or silk worms, no worries...you have options!
Learning the technical side of Thai cooking at the Blue Elephant Cooking School. How cute is the chef?!
Beaches in Thailand are simply gorgeous. Doesn't this relaxing view at Hua Hin beach just take your breath away?
After flying 24hrs to Bangkok its only right that you treat yourself to a little pampering. The Zen atmosphere at The Oasis Spa is the perfect place to let the jet lag melt away.
Shopping in Bangkok is a fashionista's dream! Deals are plentiful all over the city and one place to find them is at the legendary MBK shopping center.
The statue of The Reclining Buddha, covered in gold leaf, is 15 meters high and 43 meters long. It's so big that it's nearly impossible to capture the entire piece in a single photograph.
The red light districts in Bangkok are notoriously well known. Lined with go-go bars and ladyboy cabarets, there's more than enough trouble to get into.
After taking me for a ride through the jungle, it was only right that I said thank you to my new elephant friend with some yummy banana treats.