8 Nov 2017 – The King’s Memorial
We have just returned from a couple of days in Bangkok and were incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to visit the memorial site for the late king’s cremation ceremony in the Grand palace precinct. What a magnificent credit to Thailand for the artistry and workmanship that went into building this structure and surrounding pavilions as a tribute to their much loved king. The structure is being dismantled this month so our timing was a once in a lifetime. For once I won’t add much in the way of words because the photos really says it all.
10 Nov 2017 – Siam Ancient City – Bangkok
In our recent visit to Bangkok we spent an afternoon at the Ancient City (Muang Boran), about 40km outside the city centre and what a worthwhile visit it was. A beautifully presented and maintained venue spreading over 200 acres this is a must do for anyone with some extra time to spend in Bangkok. Here’s a link to their website, which has an English version HERE.
It is a photographers heaven so here are a few of the many photos I took to give you a taste of what’s on offer.
I do highly recommend you visit this attraction. It is really easy to get to. Take the green BTS (Skytrain) the the last stop, which when we went was Samrong but they were extending it closer to the Ancient City so check the latest route.
From there pick up a taxi who will get you the rest of the way for 100 baht (?) – not much anyway. Do the reverse to get home although expect to pay slightly more for the taxi at Ancient City as it is off the main road and they have a captive customer base 🙂
11 Nov 2017 – Jim Thompson House – Bangkok
Our final trifecta (an Aussie expression I think) for our Bangkok visit was Jim Thompson House, a highly rated tourist attraction and for good reason. A beautiful group of Thai traditional houses transported to Bangkok and renovated by Jim Thompson, an American who is credited with revitalising the Thai silk trade in the 1950’s and 60’s.
My sort of tropical house design – timber, open rooms and everything flowing into beautiful lush gardens. The attraction was literally around the corner from our hotel [email protected] Design Hotel (recommended) so we were able to get there soon after opening, which meant we were the first group to be taken through the house.
I am not a great fan of big cities and generally Bangkok is best avoided but we had a terrific trip this time sharing some very interesting sights with Phil and Julie, long term friends from Canberra. Home was wonderful though
This was how his buildings were shipped in. Originally this area was the home for many silk weavers, which is why Jim located his house here. The operation has since moved to Korat in Isaan, which is the home town of my brother-in-law Lud.
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