It was the first weekend that we did anything "touristy" in Bangkok, despite having been here for just over 100 days. One of the main attractions in the city is the Grand Palace, the historic residence of Thailand's king and queen, which is co-located with the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The complex is a series of incredibly ornate buildings, reminiscent of the temples we saw in Laos but larger and more richly decorated.
One of our new favorite pastimes is tourist watching. While Michelle looks fetching in front of this temple, note the impromptu photo shoot going on behind her.
That couple didn't have anything on this little girl; she rocked the camera like it was her job.
But I digress. Turning attention back to the buildings, check out the sheer scope and incredible detail of these gilded statues and tiled walls!
The palace residences were incredibly large and not as flamboyantly decorated as the temples. But everything is relative here; no doubt about it, Thais love their colors! Why not paint the roof green and red?
It's always funny to see monks out and about enjoying the sights with iPads and massive SLRs.
We decided to round out the day with a drink, and set out on foot through the heart of the city. For some reason, this off-the-cuff shot really captures the essence of a late afternoon stroll through Bangkok streets.
We enjoyed the Marriott's rooftop bar (from a few posts ago), and decided to sample a few more of the city's highest beverages. We stopped first at Thailand's tallest building, the Baiyoke Sky Hotel.
The night wouldn't have been the same without these glowing tables and chairs.
We spied another skyscraper with what looked like a rooftop bar from the Baiyoke, and stole over for round two. We got a shot of our first stop from there:
Either we have impeccable timing, or there are always fireworks somewhere in Bangkok and you just have to be high enough to see them!
And that was Saturday! I think we have the skyscraper thing out of our system.