Finding Tranquility in Thailand: Exploring Sukhothai Historical Park

The thermometer flirted with 40°C (104°F) as we wandered from one marvelous temple to another in Thailand’s Sukhothai Historical Park. The scent of frangipani blooms danced in the air, and powdery dirt coated my skin from my knees to my toes.

All was quiet. It was a refreshing change from the bustling markets and hectic streetscapes of the city.

I tried to imagine what these grounds would have looked like 700 years earlier, when the Sukothai Kingdom was at its apex and this was the capital of the Thai Empire. Back then, Sukhothai had around 80,000 residents.

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Around the World in 18 Barbers’ Chairs

Sitting in a barber shop in the coastal city of Split, Croatia, I struggled to answer the stylist’s simple question: How long would we be visiting Croatia? I had learned a smattering of Croatian words, but the names of the months had so far escaped me.

Remembering the calendar hanging above my head – albeit adorned with nude calendar girls – I flipped through the weeks and pointed to a date. As I exposed each month’s voluptuous model, the 70-something barber’s moustache-framed mouth curled into a mischievous grin. However awkward the method, I had satisfied his curiosity. Clearly I was in male territory, though.

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Buddhas, Orchids & A Birthday Bash in Bangkok

With the song One Night in Bangkok perpetually playing in our heads during our time in the ‘City of Angels,’ we admired Buddhas in a multitude of poses, tried our hand at Thai cooking, fought back tears during our first Thai massage, and observed revelers celebrating the Thai king’s 84th birthday.

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Photo Du Jour: Little Boy Distracted During Prayer at Bangkok’s Golden Mount

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Cooking Class in Bangkok: Our Foray Into a Thai Kitchen

We followed our cooking class instructor, Carole, down a dimly-lit Bangkok passageway that opened up into a large marketplace. Walking among mounds of fresh cabbage, beansprouts, Thai eggplants, mushrooms, dried shrimp and fish, Carole taught us how to select the best ingredients for the dishes we would be cooking that morning: Kang Khiao Wan Gai (Green Curry with Chicken), Pad Thai with Tofu & Chicken, and Pumpkin in Sweet Coconut Milk.

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Rainy Day at Bangkok’s Wat Pho

Despite the grey skies which prevailed during our visit, Bangkok’s Wat Pho complex showcased its kaleidoscopic colors.

The temple complex was founded in 1781 and houses more than one thousand Buddha images. It’s best known for housing the famous Reclining Buddha statue.

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