The final leg
03.13.2009 90 °F
We arrived into Bangkok on the 11th and were picked up by Kelli's aunt. She took us to a delicious Thai lunch and then we checked into our hotel. Kelli and I explored Wat (temple) Arun in the afternoon and then went to her family's jewelry shop in Chinatown. We had a buffet dinner that night with ehr family on a riverboat. Good food and beautiful views of a very busy city. The next day Kelli and I went to the Grand Palace, a pretty amazing place that is the Royal Residence then we went to Wat Pho witha massive reclining Buddha. The temples here are much differenmt from Vietnam and Cambodia, very ornate and large.
After cooling off at the jewelry store with a bag of Thai iced tea we went with ehr aunt to check out a spectacular exhibit of beautiful gold replicas of thrones and boats and other objects and silk embroidery at the queen's palace. The works were commissioned by the queen in an attempt to preserve fading arts of Thailand. Absolutely fascinating and intricate stuff. We then had a delicious home cooked meal at her family's beautiful house.
Our trip to Bangkok was short but it was a good ending to what has been an incredible 6 weeks. Kelli's family was incredibly kind and generous and, while I am not much for big cities, Bangkok didn't feel massive to me. Extremely busy but with lots of character.
I am in the Taipei airport right now waiting for our flight to LA. Once I am home I will post pics and then one last post to end it all.