Grand Palace & Wat Pho Bangkok Dec 2014

The Grand Palace and Wat Pho both sit on the Chao Phraya River in the heart of Bangkok.  The Grand Palace is currently a museum open to the public but there are still royal offices handling official work here.  The present King does not reside in the Grand Palace but it is still used for official ceremonies.  The Grand Palace is made up numerous buildings and pavilions amongst several gardens.  The layout of the Grand Palace resembles that of the Royal Palace at Ayutthaya.

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Hua Hin Dec 2014

Hua Hin is a seaside resort on the Gulf of Thailand.  It is about 3 hours by car south of Bangkok.  It became a popular beach retreat for wealthy Thais after King Rama VI and King Rama VII built summer residences here in the 1920s.  We went in December and the temperature was very comfortable with a constant breeze from the sea.  I can see why people come here to escape the stifling heat of Bangkok.

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