Weekly Photo Challenge:Culture

One of the reasons I love to travel is to experience different cultures. Believe it or not…not everyone lives the Western mentality. And not everyone eats at McDonald’s. Well…almost not everyone.

Street Food At Kings Park, Bangkok

Street Food At Kings Park, Bangkok

Ronald McDonald gives Aliesha the Thai wai greeting.

Ronald McDonald gives Aliesha the Thai wai greeting.

Bangkok Delivery Truck in Chinatown

Bangkok Delivery Truck in Chinatown

Street Vendors Selling Flowers For Offerings

Street Vendors Selling Flowers For Offerings

Not every 7-11 store gets their deliveries by a semi truck, unloading cardboard boxes onto the shelves. Some receive their stock via a tuk-tuk and goods come in large baskets. And not everyone shops at a strip mall or Wal-Mart.

Traffic in Bangkok

Traffic in Bangkok

Traffic is traffic where ever you live. I just love the brightly colored taxis. But check out those power lines. Not sure if Pacific Power and Gas would give the okay on that rats nest. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many motorbikes as I saw in Thailand. I actually saw a family of 5 all riding on one bike. Couldn’t get my camera out fast enough for that snap shot, darn it.

Motorbike Traffic

Motorbike Traffic

I suppose the biggest difference in culture between the Eastern and Western civilizations is religion. Not very many Catholic Cathedrals dotting the countryside in Thailand. Instead there are beautiful temples and King’s Palaces.

Statues line the outside walls at King's Palace, Bangkok

Statues line the outside walls at King’s Palace, Bangkok

Beautiful Temple at King's Palace

Beautiful Temple at King’s Palace

Thai History in Art Form at The Kings Palace, Bangkok

Thai History in Art Form at The Kings Palace, Bangkok

Spirit Tree in Erawan Falls National Park, Thailand

Spirit Tree in Erawan Falls National Park, Thailand

You will find many Spirit Trees in Thailand. It is believed that spirits inhabit the trees and people leave the spirits offerings. This tree was fully adorned, probably because it was inside a National Forest and had lots of visitors.

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