My friend Dan Holayter, his wife Julie and a group of old acquaintances of mine from my Eagle River days just got back from touring Thailand for a few weeks. Bangkok was of course the the start of their tour.
Bangkok is huge, humid, and very hot. It takes hours to get anywhere in town. Dan hated the place. He is one of the few people that I know who does not care for Thai food.
It is virtually obligatory to visit some of the many elaborate Buddhist shrines around town.
Inside, a worship service of some kind.
A giant golden Buddha passively observes.
There are lots of fascinating things to see.
A funky cat?
A real cat enjoys the protection of a scary stone cat.
The canals of Bangkok are filled with floating merchants and markets.
An Asian Pied Starling.
Some impressive topiary.
Next time we will visit more of Lumpini Park and its artificial lake. This Red-eared Slider was living there. They are originally from Southeastern USA but have been introduced to many other parts of the world. They can be detrimental to native turtle populations. Many people in Asia like to eat them.