July 31, 2003

Vimanmek Mansion

As the title suggests, I took the tourist path today and went visit the Vinamnek Mansion (B100) which is a palace made for King Rama V and constructed entirely of gold teak without a single nail (wood pegs only). It is an incredibly beautiful place with awesome artefacts and you will have no pictures because we are not allowed to take any . At 10:30AM I was just in time for the Thai Dancing show (B20 if you want to take pictures otherwise free...) and walked down to the Wat Benjamabophit (B20) which is the last major temple to have been built in Bangkok (early 1900s). I then went all the way down to the Democracy Monument and went quickly to the Wat Saket aka Golden Mountain (B10) that houses the holy hash remains of Lord Buddha.

I did not see many tourists down there, it strikes with the number of western people you see in Khao San hanging in small street shops selling pirated music cds (B100) and different clothes items or artefacts.

On the tailor side, after digging out a little bit more, the price difference might be due to the material quality. There are good wool materials imported from England and Italy and it seems that a good suite made in this material would cost about B7000 while the polyester tissue made in Thailand would cost about B3500, if not less. Believe me, the polyester really looks like the kind of tissue you would use to clean your car.

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Posted by stephane at July 31, 2003 07:53 AM
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