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This week I said an emotional goodbye to Koh Tao and began the journey north to Chiang Mai. I’ve been visiting little towns in Thailand that I’ve always wanted to see and traveling by train the whole way. Traveling solo has been a challenge for someone like me who tends to be a bit introverted… especially in my current state. When I see other travelers make eye contact with me I react in two ways: 1) Become a wide-eyed deer in the headlights and run for cover before they can ask me something terrifying like… my name. 2) Burst into tears.

I think things are going well! More on the adventures solo travel later, and onto some colorful photos for now…

Photo A

Ayutthaya, Thailand

A beautiful blue sky and a dignified Buddha in Ayutthaya.

Photo B

Ayutthaya, Thailand

This wat was listed as one of the top sites in Ayutthaya, according to Lonely Planet. When I arrived all the stupas were covered in scaffolding but I liked the way it mirrored the nearby shrubbery.

Photo C

Ayutthaya, Thailand

A reclining Buddha in Ayutthaya, Thailand.

Photo D

Lopburi, Thailand

A monkey getting up to no good in Lopburi. These little guys run the town and have no qualms about jumping straight on you. A little unnerving!

Photo E

Lopburi, Thailand

The other thing Lopburi is famous for is rock climbing. I gave it a pass this time but did enjoy the sunsets over the mountains.

I took hundred of photos this week and had a tough time narrowing it down to these five! Let me know which you believe should be Photo of the Week in the comments…

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Giveaway WinnerIn other news, reader Vicky is the winner of my beat-up bootleg copy of Tiger Balm! Thanks to everyone who left a comment and entered to win. I’ve already torn through two new books in search of next month’s title…

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  • Idun
    April 22 2012

    I’d say photo B..or at least that’s my favourite.
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  • paul | walkflypinoy
    April 22 2012

    lovely photos. i like no. 3 the most. still haven’t gotten around to visiting Ayutthaya. and i consider myself thailand-based now. one day soon. 🙂
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    • Alex
      April 22 2012

      Well I’ve spent about a year of my life in Thailand thus far and this was my first trip there, crazy as it is so close to Bangkok! All in due time.

  • Olivia
    April 22 2012

    D or E for sure!

    • Alex
      April 22 2012

      I knew you would like the monkey…

  • Kathryn
    April 22 2012

    Always torture to choose but B is my fave because of the reason you mention AND the way the clouds follow the line of the bushes and the stupa….

    • Alex
      April 22 2012

      Didn’t notice that before… I like it!

  • Gram
    April 22 2012

    I’m with Olivia—-D or E for sure

  • Laura
    April 22 2012

    I vote for E…it is such a cool picture

    • Alex
      April 22 2012

      Thanks Laura! I always hesitate to put in sunset photos because I have SO many but, well…. I love them!

  • Eugene
    April 22 2012

    Hi Alex. Photo A has my vote. Glad to see you survived cycling in that heat. We chickened out and took a tuk tuk when we were there last week.
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    • Alex
      April 23 2012

      You know, somehow I have acclimated better than I ever imagined possible! It was about 38 degrees Celsius, or 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and I just peddled on! Never thought I’d get to this point.

  • Andrea
    April 22 2012

    I vote D, because I am a little obsessed with monkeys 🙂
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    • Alex
      April 23 2012

      Well then you will definitely enjoy my Lopburi posts! Many more monkeys to come…

  • Sarah Somewhere
    April 22 2012

    A! The fact that you took it from behind the Buddha totally makes it, and the angle shows off the scale. Love it!
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    • Alex
      April 23 2012

      Thanks Sarah! I feel it’s hard to take a “fresh look” at a Buddha image in Thailand, so I was trying to get creative…

  • Dad
    April 23 2012

    They are all great. C is my favorite. Buddha is the only religious icon in I can think of ever shown in repose and the angle of the photo emphasizes it dramatically.

    • Alex
      April 23 2012

      That’s true… the reclining Buddha in Bangkok is a pretty big draw, as I’m sure you remember.

  • Edna
    April 23 2012

    I like A best, but love the red blossoms hanging above the Buddha in photo C!
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  • Nicky O.
    April 23 2012

    They are ALL beautiful, but I like E!

  • Cat
    April 23 2012

    Like the colors! For some reason I keep getting drawn back to the monkey so I’ll pick him as my fave.
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  • Kathryn
    April 24 2012

    The monkey!!!!

    • Alex
      April 24 2012

      I knew you would go for the animal related photo…

  • Jenna
    April 24 2012

    Photo C. At this time in your life I like the symbolism found in the ancient quiet wisdom found in Buddhas teachings with the hope of spring.

    That was kind of cheesy of me, but I really mean it. 🙂
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    • Alex
      April 25 2012

      Thanks Jenna. I’m eating up all kinds of cheese lately 🙂 Sadly not the melty kind that comes on tacos…. but I’ll be back in Brooklyn soon enough for that!

  • Fidel
    April 26 2012

    Photo A. Since you are touring Thailand, have you been to Sukhothai yet?
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    • Alex
      April 26 2012

      No, sadly! I was planning on going there but took my time in Ayutthaya and Lopburi and then had to hurry up to Chiang Mai to meet my friends from Grand Cayman. I know I’ll get there someday, though.

  • Mike's Road Trip
    May 15 2012

    Cool pics. Did you make it to Phi Phi? Wonderful area.
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    • Alex
      May 16 2012

      Hi Mike, unfortunately despite spending half a year in the Gulf of Thailand I never made it over to the Andaman side! Always gives me a reason to go back though!

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