Bangkok Magical City

Thailand is “The Land of Smiles” and we couldn’t agree more. Gary Brown and Gary Richard gave us excellent advice regarding our hotel and sights to see “off the beaten path”.  We found a guide who took us on an amazing day and night of touring the palace, the temples, the river, the markets – ending with a Thai massage.  Fortuitously, Bangkok celebrates the Full Moon Festival at the end of November and we were able to see preparations in the Flower market the night before. Last night  for “Loy Krathong” we took a gorgeous dinner cruise and had an extraordinary evening. The river around us filled with lighted boats, beautiful light displays on the bridges, dockside restaurants and tall city buildings, elaborately decorated and lighted floats and people celebrating all along the river. We participated with all of Bangkok by lighting our flower filled candle boat and setting it adrift in the river with a bow to Buddha and a wish for good fortune to all our family and friends. The night sky filled with thousands of  paper lanterns surrounding the full moon and the most spectacular fireworks we’d ever seen.

Dropping 108 tribute coins at the temple (one for you!)

Fountain by Paragon Mall

River traffic

Golden Reclining Buddha

Grasshopper whispers to the Master

krathong at market

at antique market

Bangkok’s Skytrain made travel so easy1

Royal Family pagoda

oldest bonsai in Bangkok -180 years

“Bank” taught me so much – explaining history and culture of Thailand

Marco Polo gate

Thai massage was taught at the temple. Later I watched a girl bend Ray like a pretzel

at the Flower Market the night before the Festival

at a Hindu Temple

Mother of Pearl inlay

Marco Polo gate

tuk tuk driver (not Ray)



One thought on “Bangkok Magical City

  1. Hello Garda and Ray, I just went through your blog. I am going to share the link with Sarah who’s saving her pennies for a trip to Vietnam and Thailand. You are sooooooo lucky. What a wonderful trip, most everything is beautiful. I appreciate you sending images of the poorer neighborhoods too. What a wonder!!! Miss you, love you! Kathryn

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