Even the dog gets in on the act…
Yes indeed I’m starting a huge project about my trip to Surin, Thailand in 2014. I attended the annual Elephant Roundup, taking about 20,000 pictures over the four day festival. Starting with the elephant buffet, over 250 elephants come to town for parades, pageants, historic battle re-enactments, tricks, games, and dancing.
What a feast for the senses, especially the eyes. And sweet, gorgeous people.
The project started with the above video. I shot it just outside the elephant pageant stadium, about an hour after the show. Many of the mahouts (the elephant’s caretaker and master), make extra money selling sugar cane to tourists like me, to feed back to the elephant.
I decided it needed an SEO tune-up, added music, a nice new thumbnail, and a ruthless editing. In the process of looking at the pictures I took that day, I found they had marinated long enough. It’s now time to set them out on the buffet, and pick and choose.
Here’s a sneak peek, the first chapter of my project. Please do enjoy a feast for the eyes, 475 of the best pictures from the Elephant Welcome Parade:
New Portraits In My Idol Garden Gallery
Ladies and gentlemen I’ve had the distinct honor and pleasure to meet a small group of mythological creatures from the Himavanta Forests surrounding Mount Meru. In case you didn’t know, that’s pretty close to the center of the universe in Hindu and Buddhist cosmology.
I found them hanging out in the gardens at the Erawan Museum, and was so tickled to have them pose for portraits, which I’ve posted in my new Idol Garden photo adventure galleries.
The Museum Is A Temple
A gigantic three headed elephant sits atop the temple. Inside are housed priceless cultural icons and antiquities from several Southeast Asian religions. The place was founded by the same eccentric millionaire, Lek Viriyapant, who also built the truth sanctuary in Pattaya.
You can actually climb up inside the elephant, there’s a Buddha shrine in it’s belly, and slightly above there’s a lookout. Unfortunately no pictures allowed inside the temple and museum.
Mythical Creatures Lurk In The Gardens
But there’s plenty to see in the surrounding gardens. Chinese heaven-geese, elephant-lion-horses, elephant-fish, human-swans, and other mythical creatures can be found in this unique museum and gardens in the Bangkok suburb of Samut Prakan.
A worthwhile stop while in Bangkok. By the way it’s half price after 5 p.m.
How to Get to the Erawan Museum
Take the BTS Skytrain all the way to Bang Na station, and then take a bus #25 or #511 straight to the entrance of the temple – only about 3 – 5 km from Bang Na station.
Also, there’s tons of taxi’s waiting at a stand downstairs from the Bang Na station. If you can, show a picture of the three headed elephant to the driver. I had a disastrous ride when I went, because there’s another Erawan Shrine way on the other side of Bangkok. The one that got blown up last year. It’s a four headed Buddha.
The drivers know the three headed elephant Erawan by it’s Thai name, Chang, which means elephant. It can be seen from miles away so the guy instantly knew he was way off track when I finally got my uncooperative mobile phone to bring up the image.
Address: 99/9 Moo 1, Bangmuangmai, Samut Prakan, Thailand 10270
Yesssssssss! Thai green papaya salad made just the way I like it, no chilies, just a little garlic. This at my favorite cheap cheap eatery in Jomtien Beach, Thailand.
Ran Nong Som, a family-run establishment right on the beach road has good quality food at very reasonable prices. (it’s on Jomtien Beach Road just past Soi 3 but way before soy 4).
Along with the salad, I had a huge piece of fried chicken thigh, and a Coke Zero with ice. Would that be considered a paleo diet?
I was so enjoying it, but distracted, that I bit my tongue, for the second time today. Fortunately I did not break the skin this time. But I did earlier this afternoon while I was on the beach gossiping with my buddy Paul about financial woes of the global economy.
When something bothers me, I google it and see if I can find relief. I read there’s a superstition that says when you bite your tongue, it means the next thing you were about to say is a lie.
That doesn’t describe me at all, paragon of virtue that I am. Okay, rarely, I might embellish a story just a teeny tiny little bit.
Continuing my Google quest, I found all kinds of hypochondriac causes, such as antidepressant medications, seizures, obsessive compulsive disorders, anxiety, stress, bruxism, and more.
Treatments involved psychotherapies, habit retraining, orthodontics, even surgery.
Towards the end of the research, I decided it was merely not being mindful while eating, saltwater rinsing all that’s needed.
Thankfully the pain is gone, and I truly enjoyed my healthy, or relatively healthy for me, meal at my favorite eatery in Jomtien beach.
Stay tuned for more of Jimbo’z fairy tales from afar, including a lurid story about breaking in a new foreigner in town at Boyztown.