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Our plane does not take off until 10:30 pm and we have to check out at noon, so we took our time getting up and packing. After stowing our luggage we headed for the Jim Thompson House where we could experience some nature, some history, some shopping and even eat!
It was very interesting, the man who initiated the post WW2 Thai silk industry, built a beautiful haven inside Bangkok with old Thai houses he had brought in and then filled with art, and then went for a walk in the Cameroon Highlands in 1967 and just disappeared.
Back to our hotel to change clothes and catch our 6:30 pm ride to the airport of smiles.
We got there so early that we had to wait 30 minutes or so for the check in lines to even open. We watched as the Korean Air agents had a meeting, went to their stations and got logged on and then all came out in front and bowed to all the waiting passengers before opening right on time (3 hours before flight time). It was very nice. Seoul early tomorrow morning.
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.
We have arrived safely in Bangkok and are installed in the River Room of the Ibrik with up close views of the river traffic and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha just on the other side.
I am not feeling great , so I will enhance this later.
We left our hotel in Paro at 9am and arrived at the airport at 9:05. We took off at 11:10 and here is our last view of the high Himalayas.
We landed in Dhakka, Bangladesh an hour later. Julie took this picture of me taking advantage of the 30 minutes on the ground to sleep in a reclining position.
It takes over an hour to drive into Bangkok. Out hotel is a very narrow house right on the main river. It has just 3 rooms. I immediately assumed the prone position, from which I could still enjoy the view. Also note the adorable bathtub.