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Our Favorite Thai Beach


Railay Beach Thailand

We island hopped through Southern Thailand, but our favorite stretch of sun and sand was landlocked Railay Beach, located on a dramatically gorgeous peninsula cut off from the rest of the mainland by soaring limestone cliffs.

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Photo of the Day: Koh Lanta Sunset

Time for Lime-5

Cool Cats of Koh Lanta, Thailand

Time for Lime-3

Two nearly-identical white cats circled each other, hissing and growling. Facing off, until one conceded defeat and dashed around the corner of the bungalow. The victor jumped up to join Brian on a hammock swinging on the porch—or rather, to cuddle up with the human currently in residence at her abode.

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7 Things We Love About Bangkok

Reclining Buddha Bangkok

Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho, Bangkok

Staying in the Old Quarter

This, not that, is what we were looking for in Bangkok

We settled in for a week at the Feung Nakorn Balcony Rooms, the only hotel in a quiet section of Bangkok’s old quarter. The largely residential neighborhood is within walking distance of some of Bangkok’s popular sites, including the GrandPalace. But the sightseeing began just steps from the hotel. Across the street was a lovely temple we had almost all to ourselves.

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Bangkok’s Grand Palace and Its Fashionable Resident

Grand Palace Bangkok

The Thai royals’ former residence is a splendid, sprawling complex of buildings, halls, pavilions, gardens, and courtyards. Built in 1782 and today used mostly for ceremonial purposes, the Grand Palace glitters with ornate detailing, bold colors, and gleaming spires, all competing for the eye. Bronze lions, gilded mythological creatures, and giant, three-headed guard statues are on display here. So is the world’s longest wall painting.

Grand Palace Mural Bangkok

Grand Palace mural

But the main attraction is a mere 26 inches tall and tucked away inside a darkly lit temple. Spot the tourists acting like paparazzi, and you know you’ve found the right place. On a veranda at Wat Phra Kaew, cameras are pointed through a small open window, zoom lenses trained on a specific object. People jockey for space to capture its image since photos aren’t allowed in the temple.

What is all the fuss about?

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