Like being on another planet

I spent a week in Thailand 20 years ago but never got the chance to visit Bangkok. Last week I got that chance as I was attending a conference hosted in the heart of the city.

I was lucky to arrive during the coronotion activities for the new King Maha Vajiralongkorn. The city center seemed to be all done up for this rare event.

Since I had little free time I ended up visiting some of the most popular attractions that were only a 20 minute public river boat ride away from my hotel. This included the Grand Palace, Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha) and the Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn).

I spent no more than one hour at each of them on different days, yet I easily would have spent three times longer at each. All of these important sites, despite the tourist crowds, are truly otherworldly and among the most magnificent pieces of construction and art I have ever seen in all my travels. From some angles it almost seemed as if I had landed on another planet.

As usual not much time these days for posting and photo editing, but here are few shots from my visit.

Wat Pho
Grand Palace
Grand Palace

Grand Palace
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Wat Arun
Wat Arun
Wat Arun
Coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn
Coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Grand Palace
In front of the Grand Palace
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