Monday, January 21, 2013
Buddhas in Bangkok
After we spent three days in Cambodia and seeing Angkor Wat, the traveling trio (Jef, Andre, and myself) crossed the border into Thailand. The border is like being in a herd of cattle. The "no-man's land" between Cambodia and Thailand is a mishmash of tourists, local merchants, and congested traffic transporting goods between the two countries. I was happy to finally cross over into Thailand and settle into a vanpool for a three plus hour car ride to Bangkok.
Border Crossing, get in line!!
In Bangkok, I separated from Jef and Andre to meet up with relatives living in the city. This was a great way to visit this modern place described as the tropical New York City. I treated myself to three days in a nice hotel where they upgraded my reservation to a two room suite, equipped with kitchen and spa free of charge. What a respite after living for two months at the alumni house in Dumaguete where I have been sharing the space with two other residents and the occasional, temporary visitor. I was very happy to enjoy three days alone in a quiet, serene setting and enjoy the modern comforts and time with family. I recommend those planning a trip to Bangkok to stay at The Silom Serene Hotel. http://www.silom-serene.com/
Meeting up with Scott after a good night's rest, we made our way to the historic old city where all the palaces and temples were built along the river. Here, I was amazed by the jeweled and gilded facades. I was surprised to see spires reaching to the sky and equally impressed with the extensive amount of precious materials used to clad the temples. The temples are like conduits to collect universal energy. The spires remind me of lighting rods atop tall buildings to channel electrical currents down to the ground, yet, in this case, the temples are all clad in gold - a perfect conducting metallic material for channeling such energy.