Our first unplanned day in three weeks!!! No guide, not even much in way of maps. Of course we had “our” river view to entertain us as we rested in the am after our breakfast on the porch.
In the afternoon we headed to the neighboring pier and the cross river ferry which put us near The Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The structures in this complex can hardly be described and pictures don’t seem to capture it. Gleaming, gilded, mosaic encrusted, all apply.
We then returned to the river and took the express boat to the Orient Hotel – a splendid affair – where we had lunch/dinner riverside and did some people watching before taking a quick cross river trip to the Orient Spa and our glorious signature massage with oils infused with plant extracts.