I put off going to to the Grand palace for almost 3 years, despite the fact it was only across the river from my apartment and a few blocks from where I usually hung out. But When my mother came to Bangkok, it was one of the must-sees.

Having only seen it from the outside for 2+ years, I didn’t quite know what to expect inside the highly-barricaded area.  But, the Thai-style temples and the odd replicas of Khmer temples made for an experience worth te extravagant admission fee.

One of the nicest and subtlest parts, though, was this little pond held an oversized pot.  It held a single purple lotus floating in the centre.  And that, I think, might b the best thing I saw in this major tourist attraction.