Bangkok's Buddha Alley
When I travel to a new place, I like to get my basic bearings on a map - then, it's time to put the map away and just wander. I spent three days in Bangkok, the second stop on my recent journey with the Azamara Quest, most of which I spent ducking in to tiny alleyways, perusing markets filled with handicrafts and local food, and hopping on and off of Tuk Tuks to navigate this canal-filled, sprawling city. Within 10 minutes of leaving the touristy area of the Grand Palace and heading west towards the Chao Phraya River that splits Bangkok in half, I wandered through some alleyways that led me in to the Rattanakosin District, filled with the 10 ft. Buddha statues that this area produces. The alleyways were quiet and housed hundreds of these golden statues; I popped my head into various shops and received warm smiles from the Thai people who were meticulously painting and crafting these shrines.
By Ashley Castle Pittman, AFAR Contributor
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