Eye on the World: Thailand

written by | Posted on June 9th, 2014

Recommend’s Asia/South Pacific Editor just returned from Thailand, where he attended Thailand Travel Mart Plus and visited Koh Samui. Take in the cultural beauty of Thailand through these images in Eye on the World: Thailand.

 

Bangkok's Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) at twilight.

Bangkok's Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) at twilight.

The Chao Phraya River cuts across Bangkok serving as the city's lifeline for centuries. Seen here from a top floor of the Chatrium Hotel.

The Chao Phraya River cuts across Bangkok serving as the city's lifeline for centuries. Seen here from a top floor of the Chatrium Hotel.

The Emerald Buddha, a tiny jade sculpture considered Thailand's holiest relic, is housed in a special temple within the Grand Palace. The king pays homage to the statue twice each year amid much fanfare and pomp.

The Emerald Buddha, a tiny jade sculpture considered Thailand's holiest relic, is housed in a special temple within the Grand Palace. The king pays homage to the statue twice each year amid much fanfare and pomp.

A woman in an elaborate sunhat more appropriate for the Kentucky Derby visits the Grand Palace.

A woman in an elaborate sunhat more appropriate for the Kentucky Derby visits the Grand Palace.

Visitors at the Grand Palace, one of the vibrant city's must-go-to spots, stroll past the Golden Gallery.

Visitors at the Grand Palace, one of the vibrant city's must-go-to spots, stroll past the Golden Gallery.

In recent days, despite a coup d'etat and political upheaval, the only military presence visitors are likely to see in Bangkok is the Honor Guards at the Royal Residence, as the city readjusts to everyday life. After all, this is the 11th such coup in the kingdom since 1932.

In recent days, despite a coup d'etat and political upheaval, the only military presence visitors are likely to see in Bangkok is the Honor Guards at the Royal Residence, as the city readjusts to everyday life. After all, this is the 11th such coup in the kingdom since 1932.

Symmetrical windows at Bangkok's Temple of the Golden Buddha.

Symmetrical windows at Bangkok's Temple of the Golden Buddha.

The reclining Golden Buddha, a gigantic figure covered with 24 karat gold leaf, is one of Thailand's most revered sacred images.

The reclining Golden Buddha, a gigantic figure covered with 24 karat gold leaf, is one of Thailand's most revered sacred images.

The lobby at the Chatrium Hotel on the banks of Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.

The lobby at the Chatrium Hotel on the banks of Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.

Modernistic entrance to the Chatrium Hotel.

Modernistic entrance to the Chatrium Hotel.

Worshippers at Temple of the Golden Buddha.

Worshippers at Temple of the Golden Buddha.

The Grand Palace.

The Grand Palace.

Visitors dwarfed by the golden stupa of the Grand Palace.

Visitors dwarfed by the golden stupa of the Grand Palace.

A gate at the Grand Palace is guarded by mythical figures from Hinduism, an early influence on Thai religion.

A gate at the Grand Palace is guarded by mythical figures from Hinduism, an early influence on Thai religion.

Intricate gold leaf mosaic and mythical creatures are a fixture of the Grand Palace, one of the great wonders of Asia.

Intricate gold leaf mosaic and mythical creatures are a fixture of the Grand Palace, one of the great wonders of Asia.

A visitor on the courtyard of the Grand Palace.

A visitor on the courtyard of the Grand Palace.

A gateway to the Grand Palace.

A gateway to the Grand Palace.

Umbrellas to shield against Thailand's brutal sun and heat are de rigueur when visiting the Grand Palace.

Umbrellas to shield against Thailand's brutal sun and heat are de rigueur when visiting the Grand Palace.

Visitors at the Grand Palace.

Visitors at the Grand Palace.

Bangkok is a city of ancient canals and a boat ride along the larger ones will give visitors a glimpse of what life was like in the area a century ago.

Bangkok is a city of ancient canals and a boat ride along the larger ones will give visitors a glimpse of what life was like in the area a century ago.

The Millenium Hilton as seen from the Chao Phraya River.

The Millenium Hilton as seen from the Chao Phraya River.

The Chao Phraya River is lined with first-rate hotels including The Peninsula.

The Chao Phraya River is lined with first-rate hotels including The Peninsula.

The Chatrium Hotel and Condominiums as seen from the river.

The Chatrium Hotel and Condominiums as seen from the river.

A barge plying the Chao Phraya at first light.

A barge plying the Chao Phraya at first light.

Lomprayah pier on Koh Samui Island with Madsum Island in the background. Lomprayah serves as departure point for The Treasure, a new resort on Madsum famed for its privacy and remoteness.

Lomprayah pier on Koh Samui Island with Madsum Island in the background. Lomprayah serves as departure point for The Treasure, a new resort on Madsum famed for its privacy and remoteness.

The clear and warm water surrounding Koh Samui are tailor-made for diving and snorkeling.

The clear and warm water surrounding Koh Samui are tailor-made for diving and snorkeling.

Dining on the veranda at Sabienglae Restaurant, a modest Koh Samui waterfront eatery lauded for its delicious and fresh seafood.

Dining on the veranda at Sabienglae Restaurant, a modest Koh Samui waterfront eatery lauded for its delicious and fresh seafood.

Umbrellas line the beach in The Treasure resort, a remote property on Koh Madsum off Koh Samui.

Umbrellas line the beach in The Treasure resort, a remote property on Koh Madsum off Koh Samui.

The bedroom in one of The Treasure's 37 villas on Koh Madsum.

The bedroom in one of The Treasure's 37 villas on Koh Madsum.

Infinity pool at the W Resort on Koh Samui.

Infinity pool at the W Resort on Koh Samui.

A standard room at the W, one of Koh Samui's most modern and luxurious properties.

A standard room at the W, one of Koh Samui's most modern and luxurious properties.

Main entrance to Koh Samui's New Star, a top-rated hotel on one of Thailand's most popular islands.

Main entrance to Koh Samui's New Star, a top-rated hotel on one of Thailand's most popular islands.

Typical Thai boats line one of Koh Samui's many beaches.

Typical Thai boats line one of Koh Samui's many beaches.

Huge rock formations on Koh Tao, a former penal colony connected to two lesser islands near Koh Samui.

Huge rock formations on Koh Tao, a former penal colony connected to two lesser islands near Koh Samui.

Boats and ferries on the Koh Tao waterfront.

Boats and ferries on the Koh Tao waterfront.

Net fisherman in the shallow waters of Koh Samui, traditionally a water sports mecca in Thailand.

Net fisherman in the shallow waters of Koh Samui, traditionally a water sports mecca in Thailand.

Plumeria (or frangipani) are extremely common in Koh Samui, giving the island a pleasant sweet smell.

Plumeria (or frangipani) are extremely common in Koh Samui, giving the island a pleasant sweet smell.

The beach at Koh Tao.

The beach at Koh Tao.

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Bangkok's Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun) at twilight.The Chao Phraya River cuts across Bangkok serving as the city's lifeline for centuries. Seen here from a top floor of the Chatrium Hotel.The Emerald Buddha, a tiny jade sculpture considered Thailand's holiest relic, is housed in a special temple within the Grand Palace. The king pays homage to the statue twice each year amid much fanfare and pomp.A woman in an elaborate sunhat more appropriate for the Kentucky Derby visits the Grand Palace.Visitors at the Grand Palace, one of the vibrant city's must-go-to spots, stroll past the Golden Gallery.In recent days, despite a coup d'etat and political upheaval, the only military presence visitors are likely to see in Bangkok is the Honor Guards at the Royal Residence, as the city readjusts to everyday life. After all, this is the 11th such coup in the kingdom since 1932.Symmetrical windows at Bangkok's Temple of the Golden Buddha.The reclining Golden Buddha, a gigantic figure covered with 24 karat gold leaf, is one of Thailand's most revered sacred images.The lobby at the Chatrium Hotel on the banks of Bangkok's Chao Phraya River.Modernistic entrance to the Chatrium Hotel.Worshippers at Temple of the Golden Buddha.The Grand Palace.Visitors dwarfed by the golden stupa of the Grand Palace.A gate at the Grand Palace is guarded by mythical figures from Hinduism, an early influence on Thai religion.Intricate gold leaf mosaic and mythical creatures are a fixture of the Grand Palace, one of the great wonders of Asia.A visitor on the courtyard of the Grand Palace.A gateway to the Grand Palace.Umbrellas to shield against Thailand's brutal sun and heat are de rigueur when visiting the Grand Palace.Visitors at the Grand Palace.Bangkok is a city of ancient canals and a boat ride along the larger ones will give visitors a glimpse of what life was like in the area a century ago.The Millenium Hilton as seen from the Chao Phraya River.The Chao Phraya River is lined with first-rate hotels including The Peninsula.The Chatrium Hotel and Condominiums as seen from the river.A barge plying the Chao Phraya at first light.Lomprayah pier on Koh Samui Island with Madsum Island in the background. Lomprayah serves as departure point for The Treasure, a new resort on Madsum famed for its privacy and remoteness.The clear and warm water surrounding Koh Samui are tailor-made for diving and snorkeling.Dining on the veranda at Sabienglae Restaurant, a modest Koh Samui waterfront eatery lauded for its delicious and fresh seafood.Umbrellas line the beach in The Treasure resort, a remote property on Koh Madsum off Koh Samui.The bedroom in one of The Treasure's 37 villas on Koh Madsum.Infinity pool at the W Resort on Koh Samui.A standard room at the W, one of Koh Samui's most modern and luxurious properties.Main entrance to Koh Samui's New Star, a top-rated hotel on one of Thailand's most popular islands.Typical Thai boats line one of Koh Samui's many beaches.Huge rock formations on Koh Tao, a former penal colony connected to two lesser islands near Koh Samui.Boats and ferries on the Koh Tao waterfront.Net fisherman in the shallow waters of Koh Samui, traditionally a water sports mecca in Thailand.Plumeria (or frangipani) are extremely common in Koh Samui, giving the island a pleasant sweet smell.The beach at Koh Tao.featured image thailand