Whenever I come to Bangkok I enjoy taking the Chao Phraya ferry boats from Shan Taksin to Tha Tien and have lunch at the pier side restaurant.
Unfortunately in 2011 Bangkok was experiencing one of its greatest floods and my restaurant was underwater.
When I returned this year, the restaurant was back in business and the staff there loved to look at my flood pictures of Bangkok as well as their restaurant. While I had a delicious red curry with chicken and rice the waitress delighted in playing "Fruit Ninja" on my iPad. Guido, an Italian traveler I met at my hotel, sat with me a bit and we exchanged travel adventure stories. soon he was heading out to see the monastery where the monks apply sacred tattoos to their adherents. Guido was just going to photo the event and then later head to Ayutthaya.
While in the area, I again walked around the Wat Po temple and the giant reclining Buddha, and then on to the Royal Palace area before returning by ferry and sky train to my hotel, relaxing shower, and a cold Chang.
While I waited at the Sky Train transfer point, I marveled at all of the construction going on in the center of Bangkok----no apparent recession here. I just can't understand how these construction workers can work in such heat and humidity.