With it being Monday, and the outlook looking cooler this week in the UK (it seems we’ve all been lead to believe we suddenly live in a Mediterranean country!), I thought I’d share a few sunny snaps from my recent holiday to Thailand. I thought my pictures from buzzing Bangkok and Koh Samui would brighten things up at Novel Insights.
On returning to the Grand Palace for the second time, I’d forgotten how stunning it is. Apart from all the glitzy gold, I loved the intricate details and fine craftsmanship.
I loved the beautiful mosaics in a myriad of styles and designs:
As a lover of stories, I was intrigued by the paintings on the wall which seemed to tell of war, pillage, beautiful women muses and fantastic monsters. A bit of Googling suggest that they are scenes from the Ramayana:
Of course, in Bangkok two of the best things to do are shop…
…(I heart MBK shopping centre!), and eat…
Yummy tom yum soup
Sweet sticky-rice with mango and coconut milk
Nutty, caramel ice cream sundae pig-out!
Of course I checked out the bookish haunts. Our hotel in Koh Samui was really wonderful, but if I ever go back with lots of dosh, the hotel I would love to stay in is The Library – a chic hotel with a bookish theme:
I had to check out the bookshop in the MBK shopping centre too. Looks like there are plenty of avid readers in Bangkok:
Unusually for me, I only read two books the whole holiday:
The Road to Wanting, by Wendy Law-Yone
Bangkok 8, by John Burdett
We went to two stunning bars – Skybar at the Lebua State Tower and my favourite of the two Vertigo, at the Banyan Tree where we spent our last evening. To really show off how amazing the Bangkok metropolis looks at night, here are a couple of pictures that my lovely photographer boyfriend took of the view:
Thailand has got culture, delicious cuisine, sensational shopping, beautiful beaches and a wonderful vibe. Though you can’t ignore that it has a seedy side, all of these things add up to a place licentious yet traditional, and ultimately pretty amazing!