During the 30s he became involved in opera and ballet sitting on the board of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. He also became a bit of a political animal, but having liberal leanings, this estranged him from his very Conservative family.
So It was Friday
It isn’t expensive and you get a guided tour in with the price, The gardens, buildings and designs are fabulous, I could spend hours just enjoying the tranquil atmosphere in the gardens.
After buying your ticket, you walk down a nice leafy avenue towards the actual house and garden.
You can visit the shop and buy Jim Thompson shirts, blouses, skirts, ties scarves or just the silk cloth, not cheap but the very best quality.
Outside you can watch how they still remove the silk from the cocoons, dye and weave it.
First you pick up your guide, ours was a very nice well spoken Thai girl, who knew her stuff.
After a short tour through the garden passing his house keepers house, guest house and boat house
Above are some photo's taken after the tour (they ask you not to take photo's during the tour, but said please take your time and enjoy the pleasures in the garden. Well I was in the garden when taking the photo's.
If you wish to get speedily to the Chao Phraya River and Royal Palace jump on a dragon boat from here.
But while browsing the Mall I had noticed that on the top floor of Siam Centre (a large shopping mall), there was a place to eat with a novel idea, you go to a cash desk and buy a cheque card for a minimum of 100Bht, you can then go to any of the cooking stalls and get what you want, you can always top up your card at any time, a quick and efficient service is the outcome.
I then headed back towards home and watched a bit of TV about the problems in Bangkok, though in general it seemed to have passed the Western World by, with only a fleeting news flash. But I did learn about the grenade attack.
From the Sky Train Bridge you could see the crowds and the market, that is it against the covered building (no it is not Christo, it is being renovated)
While inside you can buy anything that you want, though I didn’t want much, only a pair of trekking sandals as my deck shoe soles were wearing a bit thin and down at heel. But I love to peruse a good market and this is pretty good as markets go.
I found the artists quarter in the market and there was some interesting pieces on sale, though far too large and far too heavy for me to lug around with me.
I dined in a very nice restaurant in the artists quarter on a giant prawn boat, it was excellent value. Very tasty indeed.
I decided that it was time to search out the bus station, I asked a few people and I did have an address but I drew more blanks than smiles, but surely the address would take me their?
then jumped on the sky train and went to the Siam Centre. They were still demonstrating,
and had a look around, tried on a few pairs of trekking sandals, but far too expensive, they wanted something like 80 dollars, if I want to get ripped off I would have went to Turkey!
or a shellfish omelette.
But I had a nice curried chicken with rice and a soup (you get soup with everything in Thailand).