19.11.2012 33 °C
After heading out of Cambodia at 8 AM in a smart, new taxi with a suped up engine
we prayed to Buddhas for our safe journey.
We arrived at the border at 10:15 AM and then stood in a queue for almost 4 hours, we finally got permission to enter Thailand. A word of advice for future travellers "Don't cross the border on a Sunday". Entering another taxi driven by Mario Andretti, we passed everything on the road and were never intimidated by oncoming traffic. Helen had her eyes closed again. By 6 PM we checked into our hotel in Bangkok--a beautiful place, right on the river side, reccommended by Jim and Sheila.
Thinking we left the crowds behind in Angkor we headed out to have a peaceful time at the Royal Palace.
The Grand Palace was established in 1782 and covers an area of 218,000 square metres. The first monument visible as you walk through the gates
is made of an amazing 550 kilos of solid gold.
The splendor of these spectacular buildings speak for themselves. Just imagine these walls also used to be covered with jewels rather than the cut glass of today.
Tomorrow we travel to Ayutthaya, the old capital of Thailand.