We visited many wonderful sites the city had to offer. The Royal Palaces and Temples, the Pak Klong Talet (the flower and vegetable markets, where traders from all over the country convene early in the morning to unload their fresh produce), a literary pilgrimage to the timeless elegance of the famous Mandarin Oriental Hotel, lodging for famous authors like Tennessee Williams and Somerset Maugham. Unfortunately, we did not stay there. I'd have to sell a kidney or two! But we did get to enjoy an evening at their Bamboo Bar with a small, rich crowd. And I had my first vesper - the James Bond Martini! Yum!
Battered by natural disasters and political violence, Bangkok is definitely a city in conflict. Current major protests between Anti-Government and Pro-Government groups is dampening central Bangkok's spirit. But the Thai spirit, like the smile, is pervasive. It remains resilient.