We arrived in Bangkok after a short flight from Siem Reap. We stayed in a pleasant hotel on the river after the first of many harrowing taxi and tuk-tuk rides through the capital of Thailand. For the first time in four months, we decided to take a couple of trips to the cinema, seeing the latest Thor and Hunger Games films. As well as some bizzarely awesome Thai trailers, every movie in Thailand gets a tribute to the King played in advance of it, for which the entire screening stands.
We visited a number of sights in Bangkok, including the typical trips to the temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Royal Palace. They’re both stunning complexes to walk around, with huge galleries of story paintings and miles of gold leaf. However, the best place we visited was the Siam Museum. Despite an inauspicious building and a slightly eyebrow-raising entry price of 300baht (~£6) the cost of the entrance had clearly been well spent on a fantastically-curated series of rooms. Masses of innovatively interactive exhibits walk you through the history of Siam and Thailand and the ethnology of the region. We’ve been fortunate enough to visit some fantastic museums on our travels so far, but the Siam Museum was genuinely the most interestingly and effectively put together.