Protests on the streets of Bangkok 2014

I persuaded our tuk-tuk driver to take us to the sites of the street protests. People had been building barricades and fighting the police and army. The anti-government protests were very violent. He was very nervous about going anywhere near.

‘organised by the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), a political pressure group led by former Democrat Party parliamentary representative (MPSuthep Thaugsuban.[10] The crisis eventually resulted in the removal of incumbent Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, a coup d’état, and the establishment of a military junta.

The primary aim of the protests was removing the influence of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, the brother of Yingluck, on Thai politics and the creation of an unelected “people’s council” to oversee reforms of the political system.[11] Protesters viewed Thaksin as corrupt and damaging to Thailand’s democracy.’

It reminds me of the current situation in Myanmar.

Thailand – The Bridge Over The River Kwai – Photos

We boarded an old steam train to take us along the railway track laid by the Prisoners of War. So many died. The conditions were appalling and they were cruelly worked to death.

It took us deep into the countryside.

We arrived at the site of the bridge. There was a shrine set in a cave.

One could only stand and imagine.

The Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok – Photos

Our next stop was the incredible huge reclining Buddha at Wat Po Temple. I reckon they had bin reclining because if they had created him standing up they would have required a bigger temple! You only get a sense of the size by standing next to him.

Very impressive.

More Beauty from the Royal Palace in Bangkok – Photos

It never stopped, every time you turned a corner there was a new breath-taking sight, an ornate statue, a painting or a ceremonial soldier. The detail was extraordinary, the colours so bright, the lustre and scale.

I can’t imagine anybody living there though – it’s all for show!