Months ago while I was planning my vacation days, I decided to squeeze in a Milan trip for this weekend, since today and tomorrow are a holiday in Sweden. This is a great opportunity to catch up with my sister. It has been a while since we last met, and she is going to be done with her studies in Milan soon.
In Thailand the complex of temples with gardens and special buildings like the bell room and prayer room are called ‘Wat’. Bangkok has 30.000 Wat complexes. A few of them are remarkable and worth visiting for tourists. The ones we have visited are Wat Phra Kaeo and Wat Pho ve Wat Arun.
I was invited to Livia’s PhD graduation ceremony at the concert hall in the city. The dress code was ‘formal’. I usually do not like to wear formal long dresses for such occasions, so that was a great opportunity to wear my lovely Yargici dress, which I haven’t had the chance to wear lately. High heels and a scarf made the dress formal enough for the ceremony.
After Ko Samui, we flew to Krabi to spend a few days in Ao Nang. We preferred not to stay in Krabi, but Ao Nang instead, because we wanted to visit many other beaches and islands by boat, and it was more convenient from that location.
One of the most remarkable places in Ko Samui is the temple Wat Phra Yai, where the Big Buddha is situated. The Buddha was made in 1972, is 12m tall, a golden color, and since it is sitting on a hill, it is visible from everywhere on the island. Wat Phra Yai is located on a very tiny island which is connected to the main island by a small bridge. Around the Buddha there are many bells hanging. It is a tradition to hit the bells one by one with the sticks there for good luck.