Travel Photo of the Week — Palatial Views and Purple-Hairs

Posted by - February 9, 2012 | Category: Asia, Escapes, Thailand

Bang Pa-in Palace, Ayutthaya, Thailand

I do like me some tower. Too many times when sites succumb to the demands and contraints of the purple-hairs (that’s whippersnapper talk for “old ladies”), the tower at any castle or palace is the first thing to get shut down. People might fall. The tower might lean. Imminent death, or — even worse — a lawsuit ensues. So when I discover a tower that’s free and clear, and even better — unguarded, I  head straight for the top.

This is the view from the tower at Bang Pa-in Palace in Ayutthaya



This building is called Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun, which means “Royal Residence of Heavenly Light.”

Here’s another view, in case you’ve got the vision of a purple-hair…

Phra Thinang Wehart Chamrun, Ba-in Palace, Ayutthata, Thailand 2

This is the tower, impressive in it’s own right. It’s called Ho Withun Thasana, or Sages Lookout.

Ho Withun Thasana, Bang Pa-in Palace, Ayutthaya, Thailand

For the record, there was nary a purple-hair in sight.

But there was this sign at the entrance to the Palace. Note the bullet point second from the bottom…

Rules for dressing at the palace

Sleeping Suits.

See what I mean about the purple-hairs?

The tour of Ayutthaya was provided compliments of This post is also part of Budget Traveler’s Sandbox Travel Photo Thursday – always a great place for interesting photos.

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32 comments - add one
  1. Nice pics! I love towers too… really, any tall building. If there open for the public Marco and I usually include tall buildings in our trips. Just love the views!

  2. I had the same reaction — sleeping suits?? Cool views from the tower. Honestly, I haven’t come across any towers shut down by “purple hair” complaints. (By the way, the whippersnappers I know refer to them as “blue hairs”.)Everywhere I’ve been lately, there’s a very high, scary tower accessed by narrow winding steps. 🙂

  3. Anything with a view is a good thing – and better yet if not everyone else is doing it. Also love (guess you’re not a gardener) the topiary rabbits in the foreground.
    Great set of pics.

  4. Ahhh…the Sleeping Suit. Clearly the term comes from the same garment lingo as “Swimming Costume”…

    Happy trails!

  5. Phooey on youngsters who diss the purple hairs. You probably wear impolite clothes, too (check the slogan on your t-shirt). Actually, the towers get closed because of the danger to guys with a surplus of testosterone and alcohol.

    1. Haha — that’s a bigger probability for sure. Even though I’m not a youngster, I can diss purple hairs because I have no hair. It’s one of the perks of premature balding… 🙂

  6. Absolutely beautiful photos. Really enjoy your writing style. The sign is classic. Can’t say I have come across too many people in their sleeping suits on my travels. But if they have to mention it on the sign then they must have had a few.


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