Arriving in Bangkok feels so easy, familiar and friendly — yet exciting and full of surprises. No two days are ever the same. My last trip was in 2005 and can you believe my luck that the tour guide that picked me up at the airport was the same one I had in 2005?!! I used a different company and was beyond shocked he remembered me because I didn't remember him. It wasn't until I got back home and looked at my old photo album and saw wow he has a great memory, he leads tours every week meeting hundreds of tourists a year, how could he possible remember me?! But what a wonderful welcome back!
Did you know that the King of Thailand has reigned since 1946 thus making him the world's longest reigning current monarch, recently celebrating his Diamond Jubilee after 60 years on the throne. He was educated in Switzerland and met his wife in Paris, she was the daughter of the Thai ambassador to France and they have 4 children. My first stop was the visit the most ornate palace – the Grand Palace in Bangkok, the former home of the Thai monarch. It is filled with over 54 acres of spiky temple spires, gold-plated walls and overly elaborate painting, sculpture and metalwork, gold stupas and a mural of Ramayana (the great Hindu epic) along the inner wall which is the longest wall painting in the world.
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Before are some pictures to show you what a most spectacular experience I had complete with sensational sights and exquisite cuisine. I fully enjoying all the Thailand has to offer, including embracing the chaos, the humidity, and the noise. I’m a big city girl at heart, and Bangkok is the latest city that I have grown to adore. My hotel was right on the river so I watched the sunset every night from my high balcony.