A Quiet One
05.01.2017 - 05.01.2017
Day 4 started out badly as unfortunately the partying next door had reached new heights during the night. I wouldn’t have minded if they had invited me!
We consequently spent a fairly quiet day walking around the streets opposite the hotel. This turned out to be the jewellery area. The jewellery shop owners came mostly from India in the 18th and 19th centuries and much of the jewellery had the look of that area. However there were also some fantastic pieces that were very oriental and the quality of the stones looked amazing. Of course I know nothing about stones so they might just use a lot of fairy liquid on them.....
Around the back streets were some beautiful buildings from the 19 century, many of which were houses. One however was not and that was the Jim Thompson Library. It was a beautiful building full of wonderfully bound books and they were still manually indexed! Jim Thompson was an American business man who built up considerable wealth in Thailand in the mid 1940s and 50s and then mysteriously disappeared in 1967 whilst visiting the countryside. Wikipedia has a couple of articles on him and he may well have been one of the last great colonials. He obviously spent a great deal of time in Bangkok and had bequeathed his library to the Thai people.