“Red shirts warn of civil war.” Normally a headline that would keep one out of ‘red shirt’ territory. But since we’re safely in Singapore now, we’ll admit that we did stay a day in Bangkok, and had a wonderful, peaceful, enjoyable day in this city of contrasts: glass and steel buildings shaped like cartoon robots standing next to glittering temple spires; wreaths of jasmine flowers dangling from the rear-view mirrors of buses and taxis; shaven-headed, orange-robed monks walking barefoot along the street beneath a bank of giant Sony screens blasting MTV Asia.
We did catch a glimpse of the ‘yellow shirts’ from the elevated train… the demonstration and tents looked exactly like Occupy Wall Street at Central Park.
Thailand was known as the Kingdom of Siam until the kingdom took its present name on June 23, 1939. Bangkok is the capital city at 8 million people. We will definitely come back to Thailand, but in December or January, not May-Sept… it was HOT and STICKY!!
Our YouTube channel has some short videos from our canal and river cruise.