A Whole New World: Thai Temple Edition

As promised in the previous blog post, the following is a wee guide to the temples myself and Kiva hit up while we were in Thailand. The majority were in Chiang Mai, where we rented a bike next door to our hostel (Diva Guest House – 10/10 would recommend) and went on a Temple Road-Trip, but we also visited Wat Pho in Bangkok when the wonderful Phikkuni granted us a day off during the time we worked for her. 

The following post shall be told through the eyes of Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and Carpet as they took a trip for Aladdin and Jasmine’s 25th wedding anniversary (can you believe it’s been that long since Aladdin came out?? And they still look as young as ever, bless ’em). Abu expressed little interest in the romantic getaway. 

I hope you enjoy their trip’s hi-lights!

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Aladdin and Jasmine allowed Agrabah to fold behind them as they set their sights on Thailand.
First stop?
Bangkok.

Wat Pho
A Hundred Thousand Things to See…

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Little did they know that as soon as they let him know of their anniversary trip, a certain Genie would insist on making a detour to see them after his stay in Shanghai’s new Disney park…

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Wat Pppphhhhhhelloooooooo!

He allowed them some time apart of course; his various look-alike statues as well as the incredible Reclining Buddah keeping him more than occupied…

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Off the crew flew towards their primary destination: the stunning city of Chiang Mai, where the constant flow of temples to see took them Wonder by Wonder. The following were the ones which struck the tourists the most, but it is merely the tip of the iceberg golden lamp spout…

Wat Chiang Man
A dazzling place I never knew…

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A Temple Among Museums and Three Kings
Every turn a surprise…

Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and Carpet were wandering aimlessly past the Statues of the Three Kings, when they found this charming temple opposite the Lanna Folklife Museum:

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Wat Phan Tao
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling…

Jasmine was delighted to come upon this gorgeous wooden temple, its surroundings giving the perfect blend of Agrabah and her friend Rapunzel’s kingdom of Corona…

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Carpet spotted a girl wearing a version of himself to show respect inside the temple:

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Wat Phra Singh
An endless diamond sky…

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Wat Chedi Luang
Hold your breath it gets better…

Just around the corner from Wat Phan Tao and the elaborate Wat Phra Singh, a contrastingly plain but all the more breathtaking temple waited for them…

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This was Aladdin and Jasmine’s favourite temple…

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… so much so that they didn’t mind when carpet got distracted showing his new friend his flying skills:
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Wat Sri Suphan
Shining, shimmering, splendid…

Then onto a magnificent silver-plated temple…

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The happy couple were reminded of their first journey together from the international sights engraved into the sides of the temple.

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The whole structure reminded Jasmine of her favourite jewelry box…

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… but her fondness for it was quickly dashed when she was ready to look inside. Aladdin and Genie were temporarily smug that they were allowed entry, but they hoped along with Jasmine that this sign forbidding women would be removed by the time they returned.

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Beside the temple was a silver workshop, many of the workers being skilled monks:

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Wat Ram Poeng
A new fantastic point of view…

Their final stop was a bit farther outside of Chiang Mai city. This temple doubles as a meditation center,

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After 25 years together, Aladdin and Jasmine still felt there was more to learn, new ways of life to be exposed to. They took part in the meditation and spoke with many intelligent and insightful monks and novices.

Aladdin and Jasmine returned to Agrabah, still very much the same people but with a refreshed undertanding of what is important at the end of the day…

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