Category Archives: Budha

Wat Pa Phu Kon, Issan, Northern Thailand

Standing proud on top of a hill in 400 acres of lush green fields and forests  surrounded by other hills  is this beautiful little known temple, unless you have a Thai connection or live in Issan many people are not aware that it even exists. It has a stunning aqua blue roof and literally sparkles in the sunlight and the blue of the roof reflect of the blue sky so there this is shimmering bright blue aura around the temple, it is sight to behold.

It is very popular with Thais and we arrived on one of the busiest of days a holy Buddha day luckily we had left early but even so the queue for the trucks to take us to the top of the hill was fairly long but we were shaded by the trees which surround this lovely temple.

You can drive to the top of the hill but on busy days like this they have trucks to ferry you upwards as the car park at the top is very small for the amount of cars there would be.

The dress code is very strict here. No sleeveless t/shirts or blouses, No shorts or skirts above the knee. Thai style skirts or trousers will be lent to you in the event your dress is unsuitable.

It is quite a new temple and very clean and bright it has spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and although very busy on this holy Buddha day has an aura of peace and calm.

Nga snakes guard the entrance to the main temple and inside is a stunning white marble reclining Buddha which is made out of 43 blocks of exquisite Italian Carrara marble each weighing 15-30 tons each block. The cost of building this  was in excess of 50 million baht and was a generous donation by an elderly Thai lady in honour of the king.This temple also houses  lots of carvings and numerous other Buddha images in gold and marble. The wall painting show a story of ten reincarnations of Buddha. It is beautiful to see.

We were met with the sight of many people holding prayer mats and walking and praying as they circled the reclining Buddha, it is lovely to see people laying bare their faith and love for Buddha it is something which always humbles me here wherever people feel the need to pray  they do…..

If you live in Issan or ever travel to here it is a beautiful temple and worth the visit.The isolation and peaceful natural environment makes this an ideal place for meditation so if you crave solitude and tranquility then this is the place for you.

I hope you enjoyed this little tour around this lovely temple.

Until next time stay safe and laugh a lot and if you want to share this post with your friends I would be honoured.

The Red Lotus Sea( Lake)

 

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It was a lovely sunny morning and we decided to take a trip to The Red Lotus Lake( Sea) locally known as Talay Bua Daeng. It was the wrong time of year to see the Lotus in full bloom so will going back in December to see that sight.We still saw a few but not many but witnessed a lot of birds and Water Buffalo who didn’t look best pleased at being disturbed…look at that grumpy face. The Buffalo are bought over in  the morning and taken back to terra firma in the evening.

and also the boatman took us to a little temple on a tiny, tiny island .

This island when the water is high is virtually submerged hence the big and I mean big steps leading up to the Buddha’s. The name of the temple is Wat Don Leung on the Nong Harn Lake. One of monks goes over to the mainland every morning to get food for the day.

We were also allowed to pick the seed pods of the lotus flower which I have seen for sale along the road but never knew what they were. I do now… They were lovely to eat a bit nutty…like me!

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It was a lovely informative trip and will definitely return in December.

 

I hope you  enjoyed this trip on the Red Lotus Sea…..stay safe, laugh a lot and be happy.

 

 

What a weekend!

 

After the normal..you know.. Weekend food shopping etc

We decided to take a trip out and just 15km from Udon Thani Town is Wat Tung Toomkam …well we went round the houses a bit and then were pointed to this little, very little soi….Big Red men Working sign across entrance….

So we travelled along  a bit and thought nought here… so went back just as said workman was removing his barrier…Ah ha so down this track we went ..just one car wide and now we saw signs …so we followed the signs through a little Thai village and there it was…. Looking a bit in need of some TLC….not a bit like the pics in the tourist brochure..

It is a charming temple ..we were the only visitors and the only human life we saw were 2 lone monks and 5 laughing children… as well as Buffalo grazing in the field..it was lovely!

 

Some of the many Buddhas here are covered in Thai coins, both old and new and with the sun on them they glisten and this is made even lovelier as the temple is among the trees… it was so calm and peaceful.

Beneath the temple is a spirit ball and holy water seeps through the floor..this is little church is only opened during important holy days so people can collect some…  the water is said to bring good luck.

The roof and walls of this church  are adorned with over 8,400 images of Phra Somdej Wat Rakhang ( Amulets) it is very beautiful.

Close by is also a Thai Silk Village so if you like traditional Thai clothes then it is the place to shop.

By this time we were starving so headed back to Udon Town and joined the hordes who were eating seafood along the front of the shops it was very busy and then I had my first fried ice cream??? No pics I afraid… too hungry… will take them next time as it was all lovely, freshly cooked succulent mussels and ?….That’s just your taster for another time…I am kind to you guys … Ha Ha

 

Until next time stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot …..Love you all x

 

26 Week Letter Challenge: “B”

Whew I am going to meet myself coming back shortly  says she laughing hysterically……Second letter in this challenge and boy is it! Catch up time….

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“B” here we come!

None other than “Beach ”

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My second one is easy peasy it’s ” The Blue House” my home.

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My next is my favorite Gents sign ever….

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Then it’s “Big Budha” which is a famous tourist attraction here in my home town.

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Last but not least as I could also carry on and bore you..ha ha..but I won’t as there is so much beginning with ” B” here …..this post could be just like unravelling a toilet roll……..

Is “Beetroot Chutney” a lovely relish that I make often.

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I bet you are looking  forward to my third letter which is…….” C ‘

 

 

Wat Phra Nang Sang(Seng)

The oldest temple in Phuket dating over 500 years old hosts this Annual Market each year. It is a mix of old and new , the temple  its exact age unsure has been renovated and rebuilt in parts over that time. One story says a powerful southern Thai ruler had the temple built for his wife. Another story says that the temple was built-in honour of a princess who was due to be executed, although she had been framed and was innocent. When she was executed she bled white blood, thus showing her purity. The temple is also called Wat Luad Khao (White Blood Temple).At that time Thalang was the main town in Phuket.

Tonight it is hosting some amazing Thai Food and we are awed at the site of some lovely statues and buildings. The food includes insectsSAM_7518SAM_7491 of all sorts which are a delicacy here, Thai sausagesSAM_7516 of all sorts, glorious sweet dishesSAM_7494SAM_7513 to tempt your palate and so much more.SAM_7490Quail spit roasted. Lovely fresh vegetables to make a delicious papaya Salad or Som Tam as it called in ThaiSAM_7497

 

SAM_7498    I could go on tempting your taste buds as there was soooooo much lovely fresh food. Bamboo filled with black and white sticky rice.SAM_7501     Delicious squid SAM_7514SAM_7515 dipped in an amazing, hot chilli sauce. Our senses and taste buds were just zinging!

That’s all for now, in another post I will tell you more about this lovely temple but for now I will leave you maybe wishing you were here.

Stay safe, laugh a lot and be happy..Love you all 😉

 

 

 

Happiness is???????

 

What is happiness? Well I think it’s what you make it…..for me it’s family, friends, my dog, a sunny day..too much, I would be here for ever…. it’s anything that makes you smile.

Our daughter is over from the Uk so we have been exploring ,showing her our world here….she has tried fried ants..jury’s out on that one…ha ha..the frogs she gave a miss….

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Bang Phut… a little Sea gypsy village she loved….

Sea gypsy villageWe ate fresh sea food and lovely fresh mango salad a virtual feast. Life so tranquil here, a world away from the hustle and bustle which is London or any other city.

Also on our agenda was Wat Bang Riang..this temple is one I visited a while ago and wanted to take her to see, it is so lovely but very remote..this time we went armed with pictures and like the previous time when we didn’t find it..on showing a little Thai lady our pictures her face broke in a smile as she pointed at this sign, very much hidden by a large bush and we were only 5 minutes away……. little do we know how many other intrepid travellers did the same as us and drove in, saw nothing but an abandoned temple and drove away…. disappointed??? For us ..not this time… We found it!

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A delightful temple tucked away in a valley..absolutely beautiful, we were so pleased we had found this gem on this trip and could show our daughter.

That’s all for now..it’s time for a sundowner…Chok dee Ka ( Cheers)

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The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it!

Pomelo Salad .

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Pomelo Salad or as it is known here Yum Som O is a wonderful light refreshing salad made with Thai Grapefruit( Pink Grapefruit) can be substituted and there is very little difference in flavour.

Ingredients:

2 Pink Grapefruit or 1 Pomelo.

12-16 peeled shrimps.

Sm.cucumber diced.

1/4 cup finely sliced shallots.

1/4 cup fresh Thai Basil or Mint.

1/4 cup Fresh coriander.

1/4 cup unsalted peanuts/cashews.

2 tbsp shredded coconut.

1 Red Chilli finely sliced.

Dressing:

Half to 1 lime.

3 tbsp Fish Sauce.

1-2 tbsp palm sugar.

1 -2 red chillies finely sliced.

Kaffir Lime leaf very finely sliced for garnish.

Method:

Pomelo salad

  1. Set a pot of water to boil on the stove. Add shrimp and boil just a few minutes, until shrimp turns pink and plump and firm to the touch. Drain and set aside to cool.
  2. Place shredded coconut in a dry frying pan or wok over medium-high heat and stir until coconut turns light golden brown and fragrant. Tip coconut into a small bowl to cool and set aside.Repeat with shallots frying in a little oil until  golden and crispy tip into small bowl and set aside to cool.
  3. Prepare your grapefruit or pomelo, removing as much of the white peel as possible from the fruit. Break into bite-size pieces – 3 to 4 cups is a good amount. Set prepared fruit in a salad bowl.
  4. Add to the bowl: cucumber, basil/mint, coriander, and fresh chili.
  5. Combine all dressing ingredients together in a cup, stirring well to dissolve the sugar.
  6. To put salad together: Add shrimp to the salad bowl, then pour over the dressing. Toss well to combine. Add most of the toasted coconut ,shallots and nuts, reserving a little for garnishing, then toss again. Taste-test the salad for a balance of sweet/sour/spicy/salty. Adjust to your liking, adding more sugar if too sour. For more depth of flavor, add a little Fish Sauce . Your salad is now ready to serve.  Top with reserved coconut,nuts and shredded lime leaf, and ENJOY!
  7. Tip: Like most Thai salad dressings, this is an oil-free dressing, so it doesn’t appear to ‘cling’ as well as oil-based dressings, naturally collecting at the bottom of your salad bowl. This isn’t a problem – just be sure to toss a little more than you would for a regular salad in order to saturate ingredients with the dressing.

This salad is better served and eaten immediately, the fresher the better. If preparing for a party, keep the dressing apart from the salad until you’re ready to eat, then toss them together just before serving.

I do hope you enjoy  as this is one of my favorite salads, I do shred my Pomelo much finer though rather than having too chunky. But as with anything it is personal  preference.

We now have 4 days holiday as it’s Asalha Puja which is one of the national budha days where no alcohol can be sold and all government buidings are closed, a bit like our Bank Holidays in the UK ….so it will be BBQ on the beach until next time have fun and be happy . Love you all xx