I can't say that I am fully recovered from all the viruses but my trip away has broken the terrible depression I was suffering. I find on opening the computer up again that I will need to get onto Mr Apple to get my email working and lots of other small things. It always amazes me that those 'small things' can take forever to fix.
So where do I start? I think the shopping mall next to the hotel would be a great place. I don't think I have ever seen a shopping mall that was so opulent yet still managed to retain a lot of the essence of Bangkok and Thai culture. (if you are really interested there is a video on You Tube that runs for 25mins, all in Thai, that will show you what it is like.)
I found lots of interesting things in there. On the ground floor was a floating food market, along with a traditional supermarket, that was very expensive.
I also found these embroidered straw bags.
This is an interesting use of this type of embroidery.
It was the portraits that really caught my eye.
And on closer inspection it was definately all hand worked not machined.
I hadn't expected to see something like this in Thailand. But then there was lots of things I saw that I wasn't expecting.