The old and the Buddha-ful
Shopping and gawking at the nightlife are what
draw most visitors to Thailand's capital city.
But for me, it was Bangkok's history and architecture
that were truly spectacular.
On the ride into the city from the airport,
I was initially unimpressed. The high rises,
the new mega shopping centers, even the old
neighborhood markets were what one expects in
most big Asian cities.
the charming traditional Thai welcome at the
dazzling Shangri-La Hotel, and the view from
my room of the bustling Chao Phraya River with
its nonstop ferry traffic, began to make me
feel that Bangkok would be something special.