After 3 more nights in the Patong area of Phuket Island, I finally left the island that was my home for 3 weeks and went with Zhang Yi to Bangkok. We'd spend 4 nights there! On the first day we went to the Grand Palace and adjoining temple:
The Grand Palace...is quite Grand!
The decorations on every wall, pillar and statue were very ornate and mostly mosaic work. Sometimes images of flowers or graphics and many were images of Buddha or other gods.
Exiting the palace we met some eager and cheerful street vendors. Zhang Yi...the shopoholic that she is, always stops!
More shopping. Thailand has gems and silver galore, and at cheaper prices that China!
Later that night we wandered along KhaoSan road, where we were staying. Every square inch is full of people selling something or some street food. We stopped for fresh mango in coconut juice. Mmmmm.