Bangkok: We Came, We Saw, and We Were Conquered

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Sam Giving a Lecture on the Grand Palace
Layla fanning herself with the closest leaf available.
Layla fanning herself with the closest leaf available.

 

Isa and Sebi, lounging in 100 degree heat.
Isa and Sebi, lounging in 100 degree heat.

Bangkok is an amazing city and reveals a new sight, a new idea, a new experience around every corner.  We were so impressed by the majesty of the Grand Palace and the sheer opulence of the gold leaf and enlay throughout this 60 acre site along the Chao Phraya River.  Combined with the mass of humanity seeing the temples and shrines at the same time was almost overwhelming for our group.

Our guide, Sam, picked us up on time and ready to depart.  We left at about 8:30 AM and drove through traffic that makes any U.S. traffic jam look like a lazy summer drive in the country.  Cars flew around our van, people cut in front, around the side, and nearly sent us flying numerous time.  The white lines identifying the “lanes” were mere suggestions to drivers as car after car, motorcycle after motorcycle bobbed and weaved through the streets.

The temple was certainly worth the visit and we learned a lot about the foundations of the monarchy.  Really words cannot do this experience much justice…check out some of these photos….more will come as soon as we have an internet connection that resembles dial-up.

Be well and I will write again tomorrow.

2 thoughts on “Bangkok: We Came, We Saw, and We Were Conquered

  1. Yikes! Bangkok at 100 degrees! Makes Albuquerque seem downright cool. I will call you all to mind when I am freezing my butt off on the Bolivian altiplano at 12,000 feet in the dead of (their) winter. Happy trails! Kate

  2. I agree…100 degrees is down right HOT!!! Looks like everyone is having a great time! Miss you Jordan. Hugs

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