Last weekend whilst I was away in the back of beyond (I'm still trying to work out how to blog about my trip - please be patient with me) Chris had his own adventure here in Bangkok. It was the funeral of King Bhumibol's sister Princess Galyani and Chris decided to make his way down to the Grand Palace to pay his respects.
For those of you that don't know....the Grand Palace is not a million miles away from where the PAD protesters are camping out at Government House (They took control of Government House in August and are still there). Curiosity got the better of him and, safe in the knowledge that nothing would happen to him the weekend of the Princesses funeral, he decided to go have a nosey!!
He was walking past taking a few photo's when one of the guards (these are PAD supporters that volunteer to guard the entrances) spotted him and invited him into the compound!! He said he had never seen anything like it!!! There was a huge sound stage where the main organisers spoke (and speakers dotted around the whole compound so their supporters could hear what was being said regardless of where they were), tents were pitched up around the grounds, buses with their wheels removed blocked road entrances, tyres and sandbags blocked smaller entrances and there was razor wire all over the place!! He did laugh when he spotted this. I think I would have probably found it a bit scary but he said he just found it absolutely fascinating!! Aren't his photo's amazing
He also stumbled upon a temple with a huge standing gold Buddha that neither of us even knew existed....that's something that we both love about living here....you go out for the day and it never turns out exactly as you expect!!