Thailand has lost their beloved King Bhumibol Adulyadej and the Nation has entered into a year of mourning. Black is now virtually the only colour on display in the shop windows and market stalls.  We were surprised by the enormous crowd of grieving citizens in the vicinity of the Grand Palace today.  We were told that this is a daily event.

We have spent the last two days getting over jet lag with a strong prescription of yummy street food, sightseeing and rest.

On our first day in Bangkok we visited Jim Thompson’s house, an oasis set in the surrounding urban jungle.  Jim Thompson was a prominent American who lived in Bangkok from 1945 until his mysterious disappearance in 1967.  He collected Thai art and played an important role in revitalizing the silk industry in the country.

For our second day we toured the canals of Thonburi in a long tail boat. 

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