Street Photography – A gentleman with a beard and glasses

Street Photography – A gentleman with a beard and glasses!

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Street Photography - A gentleman with a beard and glasses

Street Photography – A gentleman with a beard and glasses

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Street Photography – Number 1 wink wink

Street Photography – Number 1 wink wink

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Number 1 wink wink

Number 1 wink wink

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A lady laughing while making Papaya salad

A lady laughing while making Papaya salad at the wet market Bangkok, Thailand!

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A lady laughing while making Papaya salad

A lady laughing while making Papaya salad

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A Thai lady reading the newspaper

A Thai lady reading the newspaper at the wet market Bangkok, Thailand!

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Thai lady reading the newspaper

Thai lady reading the newspaper

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Ayutthaya – Thailand’s Ancient Capital City

Ayutthaya – Thailand’s Old City

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85 km north of Bangkok (Now the Capital city of Thailand) you will find the ancient city of Ayuttaya.  Ayutthaya was Thailand’s ( or Siam as it was called in 1351) 2nd Ancient Capital City, after Sukhothai. It was the Capital City for 417 years and it was know as one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the East at that time,

33 kings had ruled during this period starting with King Uthong in 1893 BE, until its downfall after the invasion of the Burmese troops after on/off fighting with them over a long period of about 300 years in 2310 BE.  Ayutthaya fell to the Burmese troops after a siege, but had they waited another 20 days, the flood waters may have saved the city.

Ayuttaya then became a colony of Burma for about 15 years, until the young 15 year old Prince Naresuan returned to Ayuttaha from Burma and declared independence for Ayutthaya. He was the 18th King, and reigned Ayutthaya for 15 years from 2133 to 2148 and during this time there was another battle between the Thai and Burmese troops called “A war elephant”. A hand to hand combat on elephants in which the Burmese Prince was killed and this prevented wars for about a hundred years between these two nations. After King Naresuan died in 2148 B.E. there was peace for a long time, but internally there were a lot of assassinations of the kings, and new rulers taking their place.

King Suriyamarindhara reigned from 2301 until the destruction of Ayutthaya in 2310 B.E. During his reign there were a lot of unhappy nobles and they were disappointed with him and they left his administration to become monks.  Mean while, the Burmese had seen the chaos that was gripping the Kingdom and decided to once again attack. They conquered all the cities on the way to Ayutthaya. The King was un-capable to rule and he asked Prince Uthoomporn to reign and command the forces and battle the Burmese troops. But after a while, the ex King wished to rule again so the Prince got annoyed and gave up the reigns to the King and went back into the monk-hood. But King Ekkatat as he was known, loved to entertain and loved women and did not take his duties seriously. The Burmese army arrived and besieged the city for a year, digging tunnels and eventually started burning down the city walls.

The Burmese army entered Ayutthaya on the 7th April 2310 BE (Year of the pig). The army killed the inhabitants and robbed the city and burnt down the Great City, which brought the curtain down its glorious prosperity status, its politics and its influence on culture.

 

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – King Naresuan

The King Naresuan Monument is dedicated to the 18th King who’s numerous military  accomplishments re-took Ayutthaya from Burmese rule and asserting Siamese independence once again. Before this, the prince had proved himself as a skilled fighter with a keen sense of military strategy. The Burmese King had sent his troops out to defeat the prince and to kill him and his troops. However, Prince Naresuan defeated the Burmese army and then extended the Siamese territories.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – King Naresuan monument

The monument shows the King on horseback, in which he killed the Burmese general with a strike of his lance.  Each of the depictions shows a story about the King. The dream about killing the alligator was a sign of great victory over the Burmese. The one where he is pouring water on the ground represents his announcement that he would seek independence from the Burmese.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – King Naresuan on hoseback

There are some huge roosters at this site, and the story goes that Prince Naresuan wagered a bet with the Burmese Prince that if his rooster won, Ayutthaya would be freed from the Burmese. His rooster won, and the Burmese Prince was humiliated, and hence the city was saved and the Burmese were defeated.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

This monastery was built by the 2nd King, King Ramesuan, at Phukhao Thong or the “Monastery of the Golden Mount.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Phukhao Thong – Monastery of the Golden Mount

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Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

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Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Phukhao Thong – Monastery of the Golden Mount

 

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Brahman Bull

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha statues

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya –  Buddha

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya –  Buddhas

A temple puppy relaxing and having a morning snooze!

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – temple dog

You cannot go anywhere and not see the beautiful roosters that wonder around the temples.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – rooster/cock

Below is a map of the old city of Ayuttaya. Here you can see how it was surrounded by rivers in which it used to not only bring trade, but also to defend itself against invading armies.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Wat (Temple) Mahathat construction started in 1374 AD during King Borommarachathairat the 1st rule (3rd King). It was a royal monastery and the seat of the head of the Buddhist Monks of the Kamavasi Sect.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

It is assumed that after 100 years  after  the temple was destroyed and burned, most of the Buddha images fell to the ground, and nature took over, and a bodhi tree had encased itself around this Buddha head. This is one of the most famous images of Thailand, and the ancient city of Ayutthaya.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha head encased in a bodhi tree

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha head surrounded by a growing Bodhi tree

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha head in a Bodhi tree

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha head in a Bodhi tree

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha statue

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha statue

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha head

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha statue

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – remains of a Buddha statue

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – remains of a Buddha statue

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

The ancient city had many temples on the island, and in its day, they must have looked fabulous. Now only ruins left for future generations to see.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – A colourful Bougainvillea plant

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Temple ruin

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Buddha

The Pagoda of Queen Suriyothai below is dedicated to the Queen who was killed in the battle against the Burmese, on the back of her elephant, at Pu Kao Tong (Golden Mountain) field in 2091 B.E.

Queen Suriyothai was concerned about her husband, the 15th King, so she dressed herself up in mans clothing and got on her elephant and rode into battle, where she happened to get in-front of the King who’s elephant had been killed and the Burmese King was about to kill the Thai king, but Queen Suriyothai got in-between them and sacrificed her life for the Kings life. After the Burmese King found out he had killed a women, he felt ashamed and withdrew from the battle field leaving Siam. The Queen had sacrificed herself for her husband, the King and for her Country. She is still to this day venerated and revered in Thailand for her bravery.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Thai soldier protecting the Queen

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya – Thai soldiers protection the elephants legs, and the Queen

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Wat Chaiwatthanaram, was an imposing Buddhist monastery and was built by King Prasatthong (24th King) in 1630 AD (Not on the island). It was created to make merit to his mother, and the architecture  is based on Angor Wat in Cambodia to commemorate the victory over them.

It was a royal monastery where the King and his descendants would perform religious rites. It was also used as a cremation site for princes, princesses and other royal family members.

In 1767 AD Ayuttaha was invaded and the temple became an army camp, and was therefore abandoned and looted.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya
Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya is an island at the confluence of three rivers: the Chao Phraya River, the Lopburi River and the Pa Sak River which was and still is the life line of this Great Ancient City.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

This photo below shows the water mark of the floods in 2011 at Wat Chaiwatthanaram, where this whole area was under water, and has done damage to the ancient city of all Ayutthaya structures.

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

Travelogue - Allan Rufus - Ayutthaya

Travelogue – Allan Rufus – Ayutthaya

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Botswana – Kasane – Chobe

On safari in Chobe – Kasane – Botswana

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sunrays

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Chobe River – Sun rays shining through the clouds

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Driving to Kasane

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Driving to Kasane

elephants crossing

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A mother elephant and her baby crossing the road on the way to Kasane

Sunflowers

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Driving to Kasane – Sunflower

sunflowers

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Driving to Kasane – Sunflower field

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Driving to Kasane - Sunflower field

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Driving to Kasane – Sunflower field

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana,   Driving to Kasane - Being smelt by an elephant

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Driving to Kasane – Being smelt by an elephant

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana,  Starling bird

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Starling bird

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana,  Kasane resident worthog

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane resident worthog

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Me in a broken down scrapped car

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Me in a broken down scrapped car

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Motswana's putting on a African dance with lots of orbs around them enjoying the song and dance

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Motswana’s putting on a African dance with lots of orbs around them enjoying the song and dance

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Motswana's putting on a African dance with lots of orbs around them enjoying the song and dance

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Motswana’s putting on a African dance with lots of orbs around them enjoying the song and dance
Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Motswana's putting on a African dance

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Motswana’s putting on a African dance

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Motswana's putting on a African dance

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Motswana’s putting on a African dance

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Motswana's putting on a African dance

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Motswana’s putting on a African dance

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A beautiful sunrise across the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A beautiful sunrise across the Chobe River

On safari

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A refreshement stop while game viewing in the Chobe National Park

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A wonderful day game viewing in the Chobe National Park

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A wonderful day game viewing in the Chobe National Park

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A wonderful day game viewing in the Chobe National Park - Giraffe

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A wonderful day game viewing in the Chobe National Park – Giraffe

lioness yawning

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lioness just woken up as night starts to creep in

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lioness  just woken up and drinks some water

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lioness just woken up and drinks some water

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lioness  just woken up and stands around a group of game viewing vehicles

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lioness just woken up and stands around a group of game viewing vehicles

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane,A lioness watching some elephants walking away from the Chobe River at sunset

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lioness watching some elephants walking away from the Chobe River at sunset

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lioness watching a small herd of elephants walking away from the Chobe River at sunset

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lioness watching a small herd of elephants walking away from the Chobe River at sunset

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, 2 lions watching a giraffe walking away from the Chobe River at sunset

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, 2 lions watching a giraffe walking away from the Chobe River at sunset

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Waffles

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Waffles

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A double decker game viewing boat on the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A double decker game viewing boat on the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A herd of elephants drinking from the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A herd of elephants drinking from the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, 2 Elephants playing in the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, 2 Elephants playing in the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, 2 Elephants playing in the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, 2 Elephants playing in the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, 2 Elephants playing in the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, 2 Elephants playing in the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Sun downers on a cruise on the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Sun downers on a cruise on the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Elephants swimming across the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Elephants swimming across the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Elephant swimming under water and trunk out the water breathing in the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Elephant swimming under water and trunk out the water breathing in the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Elephants climbing out the water after swimming across the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Elephants climbing out the water after swimming across the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Elephants climbing out the water after swimming across the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Elephants climbing out the water after swimming across the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A good reason why not to swim in the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A good reason why not to swim in the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Another good reason why not to swim in the Chobe River after seeing this very large crocodile

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Another good reason why not to swim in the Chobe River after seeing this very large crocodile

male buffalo bull resting in the mud on the banks of the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A male buffalo bull resting in the mud on the banks of the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lotus flower in the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lotus flower in the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lotus flower in the Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A lotus flower in the Chobe River

Fly fishing on Chobe River

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, Fly fishing on Chobe River

Tiger Fish Kasane Botswana

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A good reason why to fly fish in the Chobe River

Travelogue - Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A boabab tree

Travelogue – Allan Rufus. Botswana, Kasane, A boabab tree

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Sundowners and Night view from Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit 57, Bangkok

Sundowners and Night view from Octave Rooftop Lounge and Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit 57  – Bangkok – Thailand

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UPDATE! There is a new price list for drinks now as the venue has become quite popular! January 2014!

(If you are in Bangkok, then this new and unknown spot is a great place to come for sunset (Unlucky for me, no sun to see set this day) to get some photos of Bangkok from a high point while having a beer, cocktail or “just keep walking” Johnnie Walker whisky. The price of a beer was B170.00 and during happy hour you got 2 for the price of 1). There are about 3 or 4 floors where you can sit and drink and places to sit and eat dinner while overlooking Bangkok at night. I found the service to be really good too!

As it has just recently opened it is not yet crowded , and you can walk around easily to see the magnificent view of Bangkok melting from day into night watching the fading of natural light turning into the illumination of city lights.

It was a great place to watch the hustle and bustle of the busy traffic weaving its way around below you and not being caught up in it.

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Heineken beer and a view of Bangkok

Heineken beer and a view of Bangkok

A view of Bangkok from the 57th Floor

A view of Bangkok from the 57th Floor

Octave Roof Bar Sukhumvit Soi 57

Octave Roof Bar Sukhumvit Soi 57

Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Bangkok at night

Bangkok at night
Sun downers at Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Sun downers at Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Sun downers at Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Sun downers at Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Night view from Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Night view from Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Night view from Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Night view from Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit, Bangkok

Night view from Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit 57, Bangkok

Night view from Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit 57, Bangkok

Night view from Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit 57, Bangkok

Night view from Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar At Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit 57, Bangkok

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Ancient Siam City (Muang Boran) – Bangkok – Thailand

The Ancient Siam City (Muang Boran) – Bangkok – Thailand

© Copyright on all photographs – Allan Rufus

Ancient Siam  is a park constructed under the patronage of  Lek Viriyaphant  and spreading over 200 acres (0.81 km2) in the shape of Thailand. Ancient Siam is located on the old Sukhumvit Highway, about 33 km south-east of central Bangkok.

Ancient Siam is dubbed as the world’s largest outdoor museum and the replicas were constructed with the assistance of experts. Unfortunately, I was only there for 2 hours so did not get to see all of the sites on offer (I may have to return to see the rest). It did give me a good idea about the heritage of Thailand and it’s culture, and makes me want to travel to the real sites scattered around Thailand.

Enjoy the photographs! 🙂

The Phra Kaew Pavilion - The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

The Phra Kaew Pavilion – The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

The City Wall and Gate - The Ancient City ( Muang Boran)

The City Wall and Gate – The Ancient City ( Muang Boran)

I-Nao Garden

I-Nao Garden

Allan Rufus travelling around The Ancient city by golf cart

Allan Rufus travelling around The Ancient city by golf cart

Golf carts and bicycles can be hired for moving around the park, and private vehicles are also allowed at a fee. I took a gold cart because of my limited time here, although a bike would have been great exercise but also considering the heat, I think a golf cart was a better option.

The Stupa of Phra Maha That, Ratchaburi - The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Stupa of Phra Maha That, Ratchaburi – The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

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The Scripture Repository

The Scripture Repository

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Monument of Krom Phra Ratchawang Boworn Maha Surasinghana

Monument of Krom Phra Ratchawang Boworn Maha Surasinghana

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The Phra Kaew Pavilion

The Phra Kaew Pavilion

The Phra Kaew Pavilion

The Phra Kaew Pavilion

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The Rainbow Bridge - The Ancient City ( Muang Boran)

The Rainbow Bridge – The Ancient City ( Muang Boran)

There were many orbs in this pagoda by the Rainbow Bridge, as you can see the white light in the centre.

Pavilion of the Enlightened - The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Pavilion of the Enlightened – The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Pavilion of the Enlightened - The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Pavilion of the Enlightened – The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Pavilion of the Enlightened - The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Pavilion of the Enlightened – The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

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Buddha

Buddha

Buddha

Buddha

Buddha

Buddha

Kwan Yin

Kwan Yin

Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kuan-Yin) Performing a Miracle

Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara (Kuan-Yin) Performing a Miracle

Thai Royal Boat

Thai Royal Boat

Thai Royal Boat

Thai Royal Boat

 A Botanical Garden from Thai Literature


A Botanical Garden from Thai Literature

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Sala of Ramayana

Sala of Ramayana

Sala of Ramayana

Sala of Ramayana

Sala of Ramayana

Sala of Ramayana

Sala of Ramayana

Sala of Ramayana

Sala of Ramayana

Sala of Ramayana

Thai Junk

Thai Junk

The Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period

The Buddha Image of Dvaravati Period

Ancient house

Ancient house

Cart

Cart

Wooden house

Wooden house

House and cart

House and cart

Ancient water pots

Ancient water pots

Praying in front of Buddha

Praying in front of Buddha

Protector

Protector

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang - The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang – The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang - The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang – The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang - The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang – The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang - The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang – The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang - The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Wat Chong Kham, Lampang – The Ancient City, also known as Muang Boran

Boats on canal

Boats on canal

Old Thai traditional building

Old Thai traditional building

Old Thai traditional building

Old Thai traditional building

Ancient furniture

Ancient furniture

Wooden room divider with fish on it

Wooden room divider with fish on it

Wooden room divider with fish on it

Wooden room divider with fish on it

The Wihan at Wat Phumin, Nan - The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Wihan at Wat Phumin, Nan – The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Wihan at Wat Phumin, Nan - The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Wihan at Wat Phumin, Nan – The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Wihan at Wat Phumin, Nan

The Wihan at Wat Phumin, Nan

The Wihan at Wat Phumin, Nan - The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Wihan at Wat Phumin, Nan – The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods

Walkway

Walkway

The Floating Market - The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Floating Market – The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Floating Market - The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Floating Market – The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Floating Market - The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Floating Market – The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Floating Market - The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Floating Market – The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Floating Market - The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Floating Market – The Ancient City (Muang Boran)

The Main Chedi of Wat Maha That, Sukhothai

The Main Chedi of Wat Maha That, Sukhothai

The Main Chedi of Wat Maha That, Sukhothai

The Main Chedi of Wat Maha That, Sukhothai

Buddha

Buddha

Buddha

Buddha

Meditating at the feet of Buddha

Meditating at the feet of Buddha

Sitting at the feet of Buddha

Sitting at the feet of Buddha

Beautiful Pagoda and bridge

Beautiful Pagoda and bridge

Riding a peacock

Riding a peacock

The Buddha Image Being Protected by the Naga

The Buddha Image Being Protected by the Naga

Dvaravati Wihan

Dvaravati Wihan

Bird sitting on the hands of an angel

Bird sitting on the hands of an angel

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Zambia – Southern Africa

Zambia – Southern Africa

© Copyright on all photographs – Allan Rufus

Young elephant blocking the road

Young elephant blocking the road

Zambia is known as the “Real Africa”. It is a fairly large country and has vast wild life areas. I spend a year living in the bush on the edge of the Kafue National Park, where there were not many other white people for miles, our closest friends were at The Kafue Elephant Orphanage Project which was about 30-40 minutes drive away, depending if there were elephants on the road or not. The village people around the area we were staying in were very friendly and welcoming! (Although we did have a few bad incidences with a few greedy locals who caused us some serious problems, and a bag snatched out of our car in Lusaka, the Capital City.  But the locals who saw what happened apprehended the person and preceded to give him a good beating, as they don’t take to kindly to that sort of thing in Zambia, and yes we got the bag back!) Many of the village children had never seen a white man before so they were not sure what to think or do when they saw me, some where very excited, and others burst into tears. I have to admit that I am not sure what I would have thought seeing me either lol. There was no one to impress, except the local hyhena who used to howl at night, but sadly she never presented herself to me!( See last picture below)

Border post between Zambia and Zimbabwe

Border post between Zambia and Zimbabwe

The bridge that crosses the gourge from Zimbabwe to Zambia offers a great frontal view of one of the Wonders of the World, the Great Victoria Falls called “Mosi -oa-tunya, the smoke that thunders” by the local people. I have seen this Great Waterfall in its various states, and I have to say that when this waterfall is gushing its load in rainy season, it is something to behold. The sheer amount of water tumbling down is mind blowing, and there is no chance standing anywhere near the falls without being drenched from the spray that it spits upwards due to the volume of water flowing over this magnificent falls! The picture below was taken in the dry season, so was not as I have described above, but still a magnificent site to behold!

On the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe looking at Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya)

On the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe looking at Victoria Falls (Mosi-oa-Tunya)

Victoria Falls (or Mosi-oa-Tunya  "the Smoke that Thunders") Zambia side

Victoria Falls (or Mosi-oa-Tunya “the Smoke that Thunders”) Zambia side

Wild dogs  on Kafue National Park road

Wild dogs on Kafue National Park road

The road from Lusaka, the Capital to The Kafue National Park is quite an experience. One has to be wide awake to avoid the truck drivers and donkeys and seriously BIG and DEEP pot holes in the road. But once you get to the park and hit the  Itezhi Tezhi dirt road then you are in for a real treat. I was born, and have lived most of my life in Africa, but I have NEVER travelled on a road like this dirt road. It MUST be the WORST dirt road in the world to travel on. Not only can you not go fast due to the pot holes and ridges, you also have to drive with your windows closed as you enter into tsetse fly territory, these flies are big and they bite, and let me tell you when they bite you, it’s not pleasant at all, and if your windows are open you can get up to 20-30 feasting on you lol. It becomes a swatting 5 hour journey full of cries of pain when one does get you!

But in between that you may be very lucky and come across a pack of wild dogs. These dogs where relaxing in the puddles of water in the heat of the day before we disturbed them. I have never seen wild dogs in the wild before, so it was a real great treat to see this mother and her pups right in front of us. You can see the long bad dirt road behind them!

Lake Itezhi Tezhi Kafue Zambia

Lake Itezhi Tezhi Kafue Zambia

Lake Itezhi Tezhi is massive, and totally wild. It is a great place to see wild life, birds, and is very good to fish in. It’s fantastic to take a boat and travel along the waters edge in the late afternoon to watch the animals come down and drink, and to watch the sunset over the vast waters and to listen to the sounds of the Magestic Fish eagle, whos sound must be one of my all time favourite sounds. I never get tired of hearing its call.

Magestic Fish eagle

Magestic Fish eagle

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Dried fish

Dried fish

The locals fish everyday and they take their catches back home, or sell them at the local market or to companies that take them to Lusaka to sell to the city folk. The staple diet here is fish and shema (ground maize meal/ ground corn).

Elephant in village village

Elephant in Ngoma village

This very large elephant was a local at this village, and I do have to say it is a very very large elephant. It is fine to see this elephant at a distance breaking the branches of the trees and eating on them, but it is a very different story when it starts to pay attention to you. It moved into the road we where on, and as we moved forward it started to mock charge us, we were in a land cruiser with an iron bull bar, but wondered how it would have stood up to a charging elephant (I do know the answer to this, and its not pretty). We stood our ground in our vehicle and it relaxed a bit, and started to walk towards our vehicle. My brother said to me stay real still! It started to walk towards the passengers side, which was my side. I whispered back to him “It’s ok for you to say that as it’s not on your side. It came to my side of the vehicle, and of course the window was wide open, because I had been taking pictures of it! I do have to say, I did a quick prayer, and asked my angels to please be with me and over see this delicate encounter. The elephant walked right up to the window and put its trunk into the window and was about 20 cm from my face. I have to admit I was shit scared as this was a wild elephant. I just remember sending it lots and lots of love out my heart centre into its heart centre. It must have smelt me for at least 30 seconds (going on 10 minutes) and as I was looking it deep in the eye trying to relay a message that it was ok, and that I was no threat and in fact full of love for this most magnificent beast, and it must of felt the love, and it lowered its trunk and slowly moved on. Then I relaxed abit. “See nothing to worry about” says my brother, who I must add is very knowledgeable with elephants and wildlife in general, but did not comfort me at the time. I said “Ok for you to say that, as it was not on your side!!” We did smile afterwards!

The very large Elephant in front of us

The very large Elephant in front of us

Sable females drinking at a water hole

Sable females drinking at a water hole

Butterflies

Butterflies

I love nature and wild life, and I am always ready to pick up something. I spotted this chameleon in a bush and it went to catch it, normally they are very still on a branch, but this one was moving quite quickly along the branch, and I never realized why it was moving very fast until I put my hand into the bush, and in the corner of my eyes, I saw a snake moving quickly to catch it.  The snake saw me, but still went after the chameloen, and it was a race to see who got it first, so I snatched the chameloen as quickly as I could and moved back a bit, it was not impressed that I had taken its lunch! Then I decided I wanted to catch the snake as well, but it turned and raced away from me into thicker bushes, so I decided to leave it!

While in the bush I caught many snakes in the areas we were working in and released them back into the wild a few hundred meters from our tents. The locals killed the snakes very quickly, but I asked them not to, and to call me and I would catch them and move them away, unless it was a black mamba, who I would not dare play around with! I used to walk aroung with a stick that was forked at one end to pin the snakes head down so I could grab hold of them behind the head without  hurting them. I had to be careful, as the nearest hospital was very very far away, so no room for error!

Chameleon

Chameleon

Flame lily (Gloriosa)

Flame lily (Gloriosa)

Young male lion

Young male lion

Lions hidding

Lions hidding

One night I was asleep in my flimsy tent when I hear a lot of noise, the noise was a herd of buffalo running fast crashing through the thicket of the bushes very near where we were sleeping. We had heard lions early on in the evening roaring, so I guess the lions were on a hunt for food and the buffalo where on the menu! The crashing went of for hours, and again I did a prayer and asked the angels to make sure the buffalo did not make a turn towards my tent which was placed under a nice tall tree, but in the open and would be easily run over in a stamped. I never got much sleep that night! Wonder why? The next day we went looking to see what had happened and we found these lions 50 meters from our tents. Hmmm, at least we never features in the events of that evening. I have had some very close and scary encounters with lions in Botswana a few years before this. They are not called the King of the Jungle for nothing, as when they ROAR, the sound goes right through you, and you start to shake like all the other animals, especially when there is only a piece of tent canvas between you and its jaws!

Herd of buffalo

Herd of buffalo

Elephant and baby walking along the dirt road

Elephant and baby walking along the dirt road

Now to a bit of sad news! The baby elephant below was an orphaned elephant who was very sick when it was found and taken to the Kafue Elephant Orphanage Project. Its name was Zama, and I had an amazing encounter with this baby elephant. As I stood in front of it, it put its trunk around me and gave me the most incredible hug I have ever had. I have never experienced anything like this before with an elephant and it filled me with such joy, love, happiness and sadness all at the same time. Its mother had been shot for her tusks and Zama was left to fend for its self. Luckily Zama was found and taken to The Kafue Elephant Orphanage Project to be looked after, but unfortunately Zama did not live long due to a disease that the vets could not cure in time.

I cried when I received the news that this wonderful loving mammal had passed on. It is something that I will never ever forget, that hug Zama gave me!

I call on you “the readers” who read this blog to spread the word about the Kafue Elephant Orphanage Project, who are doing a great job under the very sad circumstances, and they are really in need of financial support to help them feed the ever increasing number of baby elephant orphans they receive monthly. ( https://www.facebook.com/ElephantOrphanageProject ) Please help if you are in a position to and support these wonderful people who are trying to save the orphaned elephants in Zambia.

Zama the baby orphan elephant

Zama the baby orphan elephant

Then getting back to me, this was my bush look! Nobody to impress and nobody to see, except the wild animals of Kafue! 🙂 What a great time I had, and it was a really great experience that I will not forget!

Allan Rufus Bush Look living in the wild

Allan Rufus Bush Look – Living in the wild!

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Thailand – Bangkok – Wat Traimit Temple of Golden Buddha

Thailand – Bangkok – China Town

© Copyright on all photographs – Allan Rufus

Wat Traimit Temple of Golden Buddha

On the 28th December 2012 I went sightseeing and ended up at the Golden Buddha in China Town. Wat (Temple) Traimit houses the world’s largest golden seated Buddha measuring nearly five metres in height and weighing five and a half tons.

I took the photo of the Temple and then went to do a prayer by the lanterns on the right of the main Temple building, and then I went up to where the Golden Buddha sits. I was feeling very much at peace as I had a really enjoyable day taking in the sights, sounds, colours, textures and the street life of Bangkok, as well as the rush of China town. There was so much to look at, and as I enjoy taking photographs, I am always look at things to see if I can get a picture of it.

I took off my shoes and entered the room and got an amazing, wonderful feeling of love and a warm feeling over me. I did a little thank you prayer infront of The Golden Buddha and then waited for a gap inbetween the people praying to get the picture.

When I got home and put the images on my computer, I noticed these rainbow lights and aura coming out the entrance where the Golden Buddha sits, and at the left of the stairs. I am really amazed to see these wonderful lights. I did not see any lights at the time while there, but did have a light happy feeling. 🙂

Thailand Bangkok Wat Traimit - The Temple of The Golden Buddha

Thailand – Bangkok – Wat Traimit – The Temple of The Golden Buddha

flame to light incense copy

Lantern to light incense

Lantern to light incense

Plaque of the wall

Plaque of the wall

Wall plaque

Wall plaque

Outside the door of The Golden Buddha

Outside the door of The Golden Buddha

The Golden Buddha's hand

The Golden Buddha’s hand

Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit

Golden Buddha at Wat Traimit Bangkok Thailand

The Golden Buddha's space

The Golden Buddha’s room

The one thing that strikes me is that every time you take a different picture, the colour of the Golden Buddha changes, as if it has a life of different moods!

The Golden Buddha's head from the back

The Golden Buddha’s head from the back

The Beautiful Doors to The Golden Buddha

The Beautiful Doors to The Golden Buddha

The Golden Buddha and orbs

The Golden Buddha and orbs

I was standing outside the Golden Buddha room and took this photo, and only once I got home and looked at the pictures did I see these orbs around the Buddha. They are fairly large orbs!

Temple Wat Traimit from the side

Temple Wat Traimit from the side

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