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A Rambling Writer Rerun: Visiting a Colorful Thai Temple Complex

Due to continuing health issues that are drastically limiting my keyboard/writing time, I’m offering this diversion from Thor’s and my Thailand trip in early 2020. I’m hoping I’ll be back to rambling with travel and words before long.  Here goes:

Join Thor and me as your virtual vacation continues with our last stop on the island of Koh Samui — the mind-boggling temple complex of Wat Plai Laem.

NOTE: “And now for something completely different.” Thor and I made our first trip to Asia — the beautiful country of Thailand.  We were lucky to squeak through the pandemic flight closures in January/February of 2020 as we returned from our three-week trip. Since more travel has now become a distant prospect, we hope you’ll take a virtual vacation with us in the following weeks. (This blog series started on June 13.)

Last week, our visit to the Big Buddha shrine prompted reactions from awe to bemusement, and now this ramble around the exuberant displays at nearby Wat Plai Laem took us right into the realm of the surreal. Both complexes are of fairly recent construction (1970s), and the aesthetics are quite a step from the traditional wats we visited in Bangkok. Again, a combination of Buddhist, Chinese, and Hindu deities and imagery flourish, here in vivid colors. Come on along!

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