First day in Bangkok, boat tour of the klongs (canals)


Along the river


Shangri La Hotel


Royal Navy


Typical residence


Apartments along the klong


Well off resident


Middle Class


Nice house and garden!


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More apartments


Why did the ___ cross the canal?


Neighborhood pavillion/wat


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The Captain, over my shoulder


Upper Class


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Lower Class


All the modern conveniences


Start of the snake farm


Careful!


uh oh!


Got'em!


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FAST!


Just a reticulated python


Neighborhood wat


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Fort guarding the canal, Wat Arun in the background


Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)


Bye, bye


Wat something or other, from the Skytrain platform


With all that water there must be boats


Along the river Chao Praya


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Guards!


Reclining Buddha, Wat Po


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That's the reclining Buddha in the background


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Look at those toes


Drop a coin in 108 bowls for good luck


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Back of the head, or pineapple?


Eurpoean guards?


That's me, Wat Po


The fountain that was behind me


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Wat Po, outside


Monkey guards


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Siamese cat


Still in Wat Po


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The funeral procession of a royal prince, killed in the Tsunami


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Wat Arun (Dawn)


The Bell Tower, Wat Arun


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Wat Cat


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View from the first terrace of the bell tower


Long way up


A small reclining Buddha in an alcove on the bell tower


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A something, Wat Arun


Ferry


Goodbye, Wat Arun


Water bus, area reserved for monks


Office building along the river


International Dance Festival


Guess which show?


Start of the River Kwae excusion, free range chicken?


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The Bridge over the River Kwai(e)


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Here comes the train


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Here comes our train


Restaurant viewed from the train


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The River Kwae


Vie of David and the countryside


The next fiew are scenes out the train window


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Not air conditioned, temperature about 100. The fans help a little


Milk stop


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Farmhouse


Entrance to the Wang Po Resort on the River Kwae


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The resort


Campground along the river


“Cabins” in the resort


The trestle on the right was build by POWs


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Close call


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Our destination, Wang Pho


Goodby to the train


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Monks on their way somewhere


Lunch at the Wang Pho Restaurant


Restaurant garden


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Rice paddies along the road, on the way back to Bangkok


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Penninsula Hotel, Bangkok


Wat within the Grand Palace


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Thai Lions


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Those little guys are everywhere


One scene of a mural on the walls of a pavillion in the Grand Palace Wat


Another scene. It would be interesting to know the story.


There he is again


Water lily


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And again


This is a scale model of Angkor Wat


Regilding


5 headed snake (significance unknown)


The Grand Palace itself


That building in the center is an audience chamber


The Wat again


Proof


What you can and can't wear in the Wat (you can rent clothes if needed)


Nice stay bridge


See, hippos really are pink (except for junior nursing there, who needs a bath)


We're at the zoo, by the way


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How do you stop an elephant from charging? Take away his ATM.


Meerkat


They really exist...


There!


PAcing tiger


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I could say it was a Komodo Dragon, but that would be wrong


Just a small water monitor


Other denizens of the zoo


Uhura, is that you?


Now we are in the National Museum, where photography is not permitted


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Garden in the museum


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This is the hall of performing arts, these are puppets


Another puppet


View from my hotel window. That is the Skytrain tracks


Another view from my window at the Dusit Thani


On to Hong Kong, the Times Square Mall


View from my hotel window, Park Lane. Typical of Hong Kong


The main drag near the IBM building (out of the picture on the left). There's still some green in Hong Kong