Subject: Re: Help re Bangkok
Hi Karen. I endorse Judy's suggestions, the palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha are of course a must but you might easily miss the Lakmuang Shrine which marks the centre of the city. It is close to the palace, supplicants come here to pray for fertility or the winning ticket in the National Lottery. Attached to the Shrine is a little theatre for traditional Thai dance and drama. The performers are hired by those whose wishes have been granted by the spirit of Lakmuang. Another favourite of ours was the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), a large stupa covered in mosaics made from broken crockery. Be sure to take a long tailed boat along the river or canals. A wonderful dinner with classical Thai dance can be had at the Oriental Hotel. Not cheap by Thai standards but the food and ambiance of the Oriental are special, as is the mahogany barge which ferries visitors back and forth across the river. Have a wonderful trip. If you want to see some photos of Bangkok and its attractions, visit our website Regards Sue Toronto.