Phuket, Thailand - Part VII

Day 09 - our last day in Thailand, sadly the return journey had to began. Our Phuket to Bangkok flight was early in the morning at 6.55 am. We settled all our hotel payments an other formalities on last night itself. Alex (our driver and guide) picked us up from hotel at 5.00 am. The sky was dripping but at a slow pace. Air Asia flight took off at time and we reached Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International airport after flying 45 minutes. There was big difference in climatic condition between mainland of Thailand (Bangkok) and the island city Phuket.

In Bangkok we had a big break - almost 4 hours. Earlier in Phuket, Thailand - Part I I mentioned that, Bangkok airport is very beautiful and well maintained. Four hours though a big time if you have to waste by sitting and waiting but bit small time to explore Bangkok. We decided not to go out but to explore and shoot the Bangkok airport.

Mythological culture of Thailand is well influenced by our Indian mythology. Stories of Ramayana's and other Purana's are well sighted in their culture as well. Twelve giants are the prominent features inside the 2nd floor of the Concourse Building in Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International airport. The statues of the giant characters based on Ramayana mythology symbolize the kingdom’s guardians. They are not only meant to manifest the airport’s grandeur but also to attract the visitors attention. Besides, the display of these giant statues, which are the reproduction works from the giants at the Emerald Buddha Temple, the airport also introduces the oriental literature to the visitors, and serves as and invitation for tourists to visit the Emerald Buddha Temple, where the actual giants stand to protect the temple from all devils and ghosts. The sculpture of these giant statues is a testament of Thailand’s intriguing art and culture.

12 Giants (characters of Ramayana) inside Bangkok International airport
Each has difference name: Tosakanth or Ravana Giant, Sahassadeja Giant, Askan-mara Giant, Cakravarti Giant, Inthrachit Giant, Mangkornkan Giant, Maiyarap Giant, Suriyaphop Giant, Tosagiriwan Giant, Tosagirithorn Giant, Wirun Jambang Giant and Wirunhok Giant. 

Presence of Buddhist art and culture also equally prominent.

By the time we were done with these and our breakfast it was time to check-in and immigration. There were more beautiful and features were waiting for us. After passing trough the immigration we came across a bronze sculpture depicting characters from mythology based on the story of the Churning of the Milk Ocean (Samudra Manthan). 

Bangkok airport kept on presenting good things to us. Happily we board our flight and made an wish to visit again this beautiful country.

Here I conclude my Phuket (Thailand) trip. Hope you enjoyed. See high resolution images of my Phuket trip here in Flickr.

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Good bye 2012

This is my last post of 2012. So far it was an interesting journey since I started in August (2012). Overall it was a good year for me, it surprised me with many life events like:

- Stooped smoking (honestly not 100% but definitely 99%) since first day of the year
- Traveled to two new countries: Sri Lanka and Thailand
- Have seen Durga puja after 2008
- Did some adventure: bungy jump from a height of 50.0 m, been to a very rough sea with approaching storm in Mirissa
- Experienced world's fasted coaster: accelerated to a velocity of 240 kmph within 5 secs in Ferrari World theme park
- For the first time did cycling of almost 40.0 km in a day
- Progressed a lot with my Photography, for the first time my image voted in to 1st place in any challenge
- Re-connected with few very good childhood friends after school days, made few new friends

2012 stood good for our country as well. Though there were lot of turbulence happened this year in social-political-economical life of us, but the way young India started reacting to these issues that is a very good sign of a bright and prosperous future. 

Hopefully 2012 was equally great for you as well. Definitely there were some personal losses to all of our life, but the brighter side of the life prevails. Dear 2012, soon it will be time to say good bye. I am glad that I could meet you. I am Thankful for all you gave me. There are many special memories which I owe to you. Hope your friend 2013 will be as good as you. Love and peace for all.

Wish you all a very very happy and prosperous New Year - 2013.


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