It was in January of this year that I last wrote a post Buddha Shops - Bangkok about the trip David and I took to Thailand in 2011, but since then life went awry and of course I have not felt like posting about our travels together. I do know though from talking together during his convalescence in the Spring that he was very keen for me to get Travel Tales up to date as an on-line scrapbook of our adventures. I now feel like doing this so here at last is the next instalment from Bangkok.
We were in Bangkok during October 2011 and were unfortunate enough to see and experience the flooding in the city at first hand. On the day we went to visit the Royal Palaces we took the Chao Phraya Express Boat which is used by commuters and tourists to avoid the inevitable traffic jams in the city. When we got off the ferry it was a shock to have to wade through the rising water and disturbing to see how the riverside dwellers were having to cope! So sad but in typical Thai fashion they all seemed to remain so cheerful.
What a stark contrast it was to walk across the road to the grounds of The Grand Palace which is an incredible complex of buildings.The palace has been the official residence of the Kings of Siam since 1782. I will let the photos tell the story of our visit. If you want to know about the history and details of the individual buildings I have included some links at the end of the post, also more of my photos can be viewed on My Flickr account. As you can imagine I took far too many to share them all here. If you do get to visit this amazing place do remember that the dress code is very strict you must cover your arms and legs out of respect.
The architecture is stunningly beautiful and so intricate as hopefully you will see from these photos.
Leaving the palace behind we walked through a local market to see The Reclining Buddha that is in the same vicinity, but that visit can be the subject of my next post.
Address: Na Phra Lan Rd, Phra Nakhon, Bangkok, 10200, Thailand
Hours: Tuesday 8:30 am – 3:30 pm - See all
Phone: +66 2 623 5500
The following website links may also be of interest.
All photos are my own taken in October 2011.
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More photos from this trip may also be viewed individually in the collection entitled