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The last time I was in Thailand was when I was seven years old. The only memory I have from then was I mistakenly held a random man's hand in a crocodile farm thinking it was my Dad's.
Our first visit was to Jim Thompson Museum, not too far from our hotel. It was a house built by American architect Jim Thompson in 1959, who contributed substantially to Thailand textile industry and introduced the famous Thai silk to the world.
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The house demonstrated the best in trational Thai architecture with some Western influences. For example, the houses were elevated a full story above the ground, a precaution to avoid flooding during raining season. Meanwhile traditional Thai houses would be separated into individual housing quarters, like a house for kitchen, one for living room. The Jim Thompson house was contructed with all the quaters connected.
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The interor of the house was filled with Budda statues as early as 7th century, as well as antique furniture from China. Of course, like all house museums no photography was allowed inside.
We continued our day with an adventurous short trip on the water taxi on the river canal. The canal had an unpleasant smell because that's where all the waste goes, including human's. Yet, the river canals that run through the city are an important mean of transportation.
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I was a little bit grossed out when the water splashed into the boat. Good thing it had these blue plastic sheets that passengers could pulled up. The man in helmet is the ticket collector/sailor.
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Tomorrow's agenda: The Royal Palace (not Buckingham palace, the Thai Royal one)