In the Grand Palace, a haven of elegance and calm in a city justly nicknamed "Hell on Wheels".

This reclining Buddha is about 130 feet (40 meters) long!

Will you be meeting a beautiful Thai stranger this week? Spin the wheels of this Buddhist fortune telling machine (spotted in a temple near the Grand Palace) to find out.

We returned to Bangkok in 2000. Catherine had to work a few days there as an examiner but I was too ill to explore the city in the meantime. So I spent most of the time in my hotel, never too far from the bathroom. Here's the view of the Chao Phraya river (the 'river of kings') seen from our room in the Peninsula.

The Peninsula hotel is a new and very luxurious hotel (our room had 5 telephones, fax machine, electric curtains, color tv over the bath etc). We don't always live like this - the hotel had special prices to celebrate the hotel's opening.

With our good friend Jeanne Prier, I managed a brief tour of the klongs (canals) and a return visit to the Grand Palace. This photo isn't typical of the golden decadence of the palace - see higher up this page for that.

This section isn't open to the public (is this where the king lives?)

There is so much to see in the Grand Palace that I had missed the murals in our first visit. They have been renovated and are in good condition - to see more click HERE.

Returning to the hotel by water taxi, I noticed these two young monks