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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.

Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling between Asia, Europe, and North America, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at

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