Pics of Jomtien

Pics of Jomtien
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U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield To become Thailand’s 3rd airport

U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield To become Thailand’s 3rd airport

longtime military airbase southeast of Bangkok will become the capital’s third commercial airport.

The U-Tapao Royal Thai Navy Airfield will enter into commercial service by 2017, according to transportation and navy officials, who agreed yesterday to develop the single-runway facility to meet future air transport needs.

The airfield, which served as a US air force base during the American-Vietnamese war, was briefly put into commercial service in 2008 when anti-government protesters shut down Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports.

Its single terminal will need to be renovated and a second built, according tostate media. Improvements are being planned to increase the airport’s capacity to three million travelers per year. A motorway will be built to connect with Pattaya and motorway No. 7.

In the long term, officials hope to see further improvements by 2020 that would increase capacity to five million travelers annually.

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A fisherman returns to shore in Jomtien

A fisherman returns to shore in Jomtien, Pattaya

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River Ping Chiang Mai

River Ping Chiang Mai

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Prehear Vihar temple Si Sa Ket Thailand

Prehear Vihar temple Si Sa Ket Thailand

Prehear Vihar temple Si Sa Ket Thailand (Khmer: ប្រាសាទព្រះវិហារ Prasat Preah Vihea; Thai: ปราสาทพระวิหาร; rtgsPrasat Phra Wihan) is an ancient Hindu temple built during the period of the Khmer Empire, that is situated atop a 525-metre (1,722 ft) cliff in the Dângrêk Mountains, in the Preah Vihear province, Cambodia. In 1962, following a lengthy dispute between Thailand and Cambodia over ownership, theInternational Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague ruled that the temple is in Cambodia.[1]

Affording a view for many kilometers across a plain, Prasat Preah Vihear has the most spectacular setting of all the temples built during the six-centuries-long Khmer Empire. As a key edifice of the empire’s spiritual life, it was supported and modified by successive kings and so bears elements of several architectural styles. Preah Vihear is unusual among Khmer temples in being constructed along a long north-south axis, rather than having the conventional rectangular plan with orientation toward the east. The temple gives its name to Cambodia’s Preah Vihear province, in which it is now located, as well as the Khao Phra Wihan National Parkwhich borders it in Thailand’s Sisaket province and through which the temple is most easily accessible. On July 7, 2008, Preah Vihear was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ancient history

Construction of the first temple on the site began in the early 9th century; both then and in the following centuries it was dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva in his manifestations as the mountain gods Sikharesvara and Bhadresvara. The earliest surviving parts of the temple, however, date from the Koh Ker period in the early 10th century, when the empire’s capital was at the city of that name. Today, elements of the Banteay Srei style of the late 10th century can be seen, but most of the temple was constructed during the reigns of the Khmer kingsSuryavarman I[5]:136[6]:96–97 (1006–1050) and Suryavarman II (1113–1150). An inscription found at the temple provides a detailed account of Suryavarman II studying sacred rituals, celebrating religious festivals and making gifts, including white parasols, golden bowls and elephants, to his spiritual advisor, the agedBrahmin Divakarapandita. The Brahmin himself took an interest in the temple, according to the inscription, donating to it a golden statue of a dancing Shiva known as “Nataraja”. In the wake of the decline of Hinduism in the region the site was converted to use by Buddhists.

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Wongduan beach, Koh Samet, Thailand

Wongduan beach, Koh Samet, Thailand

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Another amazing sunset in Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand

Another amazing sunset in Jomtien, Pattaya, Thailand

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