In 1995, which is almost 20 years ago, Stuart and I joined an Intrepid research trip from Bangkok to Hanoi. I was studying at the time, and found the trip in a flyer at the student travel agency on campus. A research trip is one that is still in the early stages of planning, so there was no guarantee that things would go smoothly. Stuart decided he liked delays, as they give an artist opportunities to draw, so we leapt in, full of enthusiasm. We had a day or two to explore Bangkok before we met the group.
The Reclining Buddha, 160′ long, and housed in Wat Pho is rather round, perfect for Ailsa’s challenge this week.
Of course we visited the Royal Palace too, which is adjacent to the Wat. My notes on the photo of the flower seller say “These colourful and fragrant stalls added pleasantly to the stench of rotting food, body waste and exhaust fumes that pervades the city”
We crossed the river by ferry and ate lunch from stalls in the riverside gardens of Wat Arun. This is the oldest religious monument in Thailand.
Bangkok also boasts the tallest Bhuddist stupa in the world, Phra Pathom Chedi, at 127 metres or 417′.
Our next day was spent visiting the floating markets, tasting delicious food, and generally acting like tourists. This woman plied the canals cooking food for locals … you gave your order and it was cooked on the spot for you … here I am with one of the most delicious lunch treats of my life! No doubt she was amused to be cooking for tourists, but my stir-fry of mussels, coconut milk, bean sprouts with egg and sauces was sensational. We negotiated by pointing of course, as one does without words.
Now that I am rephotographing the old photos I will keep posting about this trip, and we will get to the shipwreck on the Mekong … after all, what do you expect from a research trip?