Friday, January 18, 2013

S2L77: Bang Pa-In Summer Palace

Bangkok, Thailand
February 12-20, 1977

The weekend market is on again, telling me that I've spent too long in Bangkok.
Source: Personal travel notes.

From 1977 02 11 Thailand

My last excursion in Thailand was to the Bang Pa-In Royal Summer Palace. It's located on the Chao Phraya River about 10 miles south of Ayutthaya and 50 miles north of Bangkok. Originally built in the 1600s, it served Thai kings when the capital was at Ayutthaya. It fell into disrepair when Ayutthaya was sacked in 1767, but restoration took place in the 1800s. Most of today's gardens and buildings date from that era.

More photos after the jump.

From 1977 02 11 Thailand

In Bangkok, I parted ways with my southeast Asia travel companions. I changed travel plans and leapfrogged Burma. In 1977, Burma's borders were closed, meaning that you had to fly in and out to visit the country. I decided to skip it altogether, flying instead from Bangkok to Kathmandu. Next stop: the roof of the world.

From 1977 02 21 Nepal

One of a continuing series.
Start: Around the World in 800 Days
Previous: Ayutthaya
Next: Kathmandu

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