I think that I have too many photos of Bangkok, so I just made a couple of collages. The first is of The Royal Grand Palace complex, which is more like a walled mini-city of amazing buildings in different styles (about a square mile large, so you can spend an entire morning here) and includes the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Jade really, but beautiful - this is the most sacred place in Thailand so photographs are not allowed inside, and the dress code is strict: long pants and sleeves). Of course The Royal Grand Palace is the "must visit" in Bangkok, and it is impressive with all those colour glass mosaics (glass from Italy), colourful ceramic tiles (tiles from China), colourful frescos... and gold leaf everywhere. And it may not seems so from these photos, but it was packed with visitors!
The Royal Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha
The second collage is, in contrast, busy street life, although colours are not missing here either, and temples and shrines (some really tiny) dot the city with more gold leaf, yellow marigolds, and red incense sticks.
Bangkok, street life
|From top left clockwise: the flower market, on this side of the road they sell flowers for temples and prayer. Shops in Chinatown. Hinduism co-exists with Buddhism in Thailand: a Ganesh shrine in the middle of a busy shopping area. A tuk tuk in Chinatown.|