Meeting up with old friends in Bangkok
Trip Start Oct 04, 2011
26Trip End Nov 28, 2011
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When Jacqui and I toured the Western Deserts of Egypt, we were in a tour that had only one other couple, Ivor and Sriyani from Australia. We had contacted them and asked if they were interested in any of the tours we were taking this year and they agreed to join us on this one
In the morning we met our excellent tour guide for Bangkok, Oh. She was to be our guide for the missing tour of Thailand and it is a shame that we did get to enjoy her skill for the entire trip. The tour was to the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha. The Grand Palace with the attending temples is unbelievably beautiful. The place is huge and breath taking. Photographing a place of this size and splendour is very difficult to do it justice. I suspect that the ancient palaces in India probably had some of this magnificence if they had been preserved and restored. I believe the Grand Palace was built in the 17th century and had been recently restored in the 1980's.
After the tour we headed off to the gem factory. Jacqui and I rarely enjoy this places as all they attempt to do is sell, sell, sell. It was marginally interesting to see the massive rings with their gems and wonder who would wear such a thing but all-in-all not so much fun. After a rest at the hotel, the four of us headed out by subway to the night scene in Bangkok with the Lady-boy shows, the bars and night markets
Bangkok is still very nervous of flooding and you can see evidence everywhere with sand bags surrounding many businesses and hotels. Areas of Bangkok and parts of country are flooded and they need to wait for the water to drain through flood control systems down the river that runs through the city. They can't release the water faster or the city (read businesses) will flood as well, so the poorer areas get it in the neck while they wait for the water to recede.