relative coolness of the Krabi Coast, arriving in Bangkok was like stepping into a solid
wall of hot water. The heat and humidity were unbelievable and it wasn't even the
hottest time of the year!
I have deliberately arranged
the photographs on the following pages to show the contrast between the poverty which
exists side by side with the opulance of the beautiful temples and shrines which are
everywhere in this city.
at sunset from the 37th Floor of the Monarch Lee Gardens Hotel. Bangkok has a
population which is only slightly less than the whole of Australia
is a multitude of canals in Bangkok and the shores of these are liberally sprinkled with
charming Buddhist temples and shrines.
right next to many of the temples are the homes of the people who live on the canals.
Despite the poverty stricken appearance of the majority of these homes there is
almost always a basket or two of brightly coloured flowers growing outside.
of the stops we made during a tour of the canals was the Snake Show. Whilst I am a
member of Wildcare and our group does handle its share of venomous snakes, I have never
conquered my fear of these reptiles. As a consequence shortly after I took this
photograph it all got too much for me and I literally hurdled upwards, over three tiers of
seats to put a respectable distance between me and "them".