The Grand Palace, Bangkok

Yesterday we were going to try to visit some people locked in an immigration prison in Bangkok, but it was closed on Sunday and we were turned away.

When life gives you Thai lemons, you make Thai lemonade; we went sight seeing instead.

No one speaks English here, so communicating that we wanted to sight see was very difficult. But finally, our cabbie took us on a 45 minute ride through the city only to end the ride at the most beautiful area that we’ve seen so far.

It was called the Grand Palace, and more information can be found here. From wiki:

The Grand Palace (Thai: พระบรมมหาราชวัง, Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) is a complex of buildings in Bangkok,Thailand. It served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand from the 18th century onwards. Construction of the Palace began in 1782, during the reign of King Rama I, when he moved the capital across the river from Thonburito Bangkok. The Palace has been constantly expanded and many additional structures were added over time. The present King of Thailand, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, however, resides at the Chitralada Palace.

Inside the gates, there were several groups of students on a mission to interview foreigners who speak English. They need to practice their language and get it on tape to show their professors.

I was interviewed three times.

Here’s a shot my dad took.

And here’s a shot I took of the fellow interviewing me.

More updates soon.