Our early morning flight from Hong Kong to Bangkok landed just before Noon and we were met by our new tour escort, Sansanee, for Bangkok. Anne and I were looking forward to our second visit to Bangkok. We have a good friend there, Derek, and hadn't seen him since our last trip in 1994. We planned to spend some time with him and knew it would be enjoyable. We were also anxious to show Carol, John and Alicia the Grand Palace and Bang Pa In (the Summer Palace). Carol has always found architecture interesting and I knew she'd love the different architecture styles found in Thailand.

We were all pretty tired when we arrived at the hotel. Those early morning 5:00 a.m. get-um-ups will do that to you! The afternoon was free time to do as we pleased, but the tour escort asked if we'd like to visit the Jim Thompson House and the Golden Buddha. Just about everyone said yes and, after a quick lunch, we were off to discover some new things that we'd not seen before in Bangkok.

Anne had a very pleasant surprise waiting for us at the hotel when we arrived in Bangkok. Derek, our friend, had a beautiful bouquet of flowers delivered and waiting for us to check-in. A lovely way to begin a stay.

Anne with Derek's flowers
Jim Thompson was a wealthy American who lived in Bangkok and made a fortune in the silk trade there. In the 1960's he simply disappeared never to be heard from again. His home, with it collection of antiques and art, was turned into a museum.

Side window of the Jim Thompson House

Anne by a small shrine

A beautifully carved elephant,
one of my favorite creatures

Clara waving from the

Me in the garden at
the Jim Thompson House

The Garden at Jim Thompson's Home

Offerings in the temple

A side chapel at the temple

After our short visit to the Jim Thompson home we went to the Temple of the Golden Buddha not far away. Thailand, as anyone who has been there knows, is a land full of temples and statues of Buddha. We had not visited this temple before and looked forward to seeing it's large golden statue of Buddha.

Oh, by the way, after the cloudiness and cool weather of China it was nice to once again be in 90 degree heat and sunshine!

The Golden Buddha

Statue of Buddha covered
with gold leaf

I can only describe this as a Buddhist Slot Machine - It spins, you get a number and take a card with a horoscope on it. Interesting!

Leaving the temple we walked next door to an adjacent building where I found statues of mystical creatures (photo right). Thailand is known for these beautiful statues of mystical creatures consisting of many beautiful forms and shapes. I can't help but take their pictures whenever I see them and could hardly wait to return to the Grand Palace where I knew there were hundreds of them in gold and bright colors to take pictures of.


Join us on the next page as we begin our tour of Bangkok by visiting the flower market ...
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Beijing : Arriving in Beijing | Tiananmen Square | The Imperial (Forbidden) Palace (1) | The Imperial Palace (2) | The Nine Sons of the Dragon
The Imperial Palace Garden | The Summer Palace | Summer Palace (2) | Summer Palace (3) | Summer Palace (4) | Local Beijing Market
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Great Wall of China at Ba Da Ling | Temple of Heaven
Shanghai : Arriving Shanghai | Yuyuan Garden | Yuyuan Garden (2) | The Temple of the Jade Buddha | The Bund | Day Excursion to Suzhou
Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
Cruising the Yangtze River : Yangtze Cruise, Day 1 | Yangtze Cruise, Day 2 | The Xiling and Wu Gorge | The Lesser Three Gorges
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Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
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Bangkok : Jim Thompson House and Golden Buddha | The Flower Market | The Food Vendors | Grand Palace | Mystical Figures | Brightly Painted Masks on Mystical Figures
Golden Mystical Figures | Buildings of the Grand Palace | Lunching at the Shangri La Hotel | Loy Nava Rice Barge Cruise | Ayutthaya, Ancient Capital of Siam
Wat Yai Chai Mongkol and the Reclining Buddha | Bang Pa In, The Summer Palace |

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