Sunday, May 15, 2011


Greg and I rented a golf cart to tour the grounds of this palace. The gardens were finely manicured. It looks like the most perfect place on Earth. Anyway our golf cart was kind of like a Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack adventure. We had fun touring around. Then we came to a bridge and I told Greg to punch it so we could get over the bridge before some Japanese tourists coming from the other side would no doubtably stop right in the middle to take pictures and block the bridge. The golfcart creeped up the incline like it was on its deathbed. So we turned on what we thought was the horn and it played "Silent Night". We were laughing so hard. Greg drove by the oncoming Old Japanese women, smiling kinda deranged with his cigarette hanging out of his mouth.
its supposed to bring good luck and fortune
to walk under the elephant

Here is Greg crawling under the elephant

Here I am seconds before I fell into an elephant hole

and ended up in mud up to my knees.

Bang Pa-In Royal Palace
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pang Pa-In Royal Palace
Bang Pa-In Royal Palace (
Thai: พระราชวังบางปะอิน), also known as the Summer Palace, is a palace complex formerly used by the Thai kings. The palace is located on the Chao Phraya River bank in Bang Pa-In district, Ayutthaya Province
King Prasat Thong originally constructed the complex in 1632, and though it lay empty and overgrown throughout the late 18th century and early 19th century, King Mongkut began to restore the site in the mid-19th century. Most of the present buildings were constructed between 1872 and 1889 by King Chulalongkorn.
The facilities include vast gardens and landscaping, Wehart Chamrunt (Heavenly Light), a Chinese-style royal palace and throne room; the Warophat Phiman (Excellent and Shining Heavenly Abode), a royal residence; Ho Withun Thasana (Sages' Lookout), a brightly-painted lookout tower; and the Aisawan Thiphya-Art (Divine Seat of Personal Freedom), a pavilion constructed in the middle of a pond.

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