Close to the tripping-off-your-tongue-named Chong Nonsi train station are two very contrasting buildings. The first, set among the high-rises of the Bangkok central business district, is a collection of teak houses, assembled by the late MR Kukrit, a former PM of Thailand. It’s a beautifully peaceful spot, even though it’s near one of the city’s main thoroughfares.
There are 5 teak houses, brought in from around the country, linked by a Khmer-style garden and pool, with a horrible looking occupant:
Inside the buildings, it’s a little calmer, with personal treasures and cultural artefacts MR Kukrit collected during his lifetime. Note the table with photos of the late King, Rama 9, clearly much-prized.
At the opposite end of the building spectrum is one of Bangkok’s newest skyscrapers:
Called King Power MahaNakhorn, this is now the tallest building in the city. If that name is familiar, think of Leicester City FC, and the very sad and untimely death of its owner in a helicopter crash in October 2018.
From another angle, and see the top left side:
And now zooming in:
The lift ascent to the 78th floor took all of 50 seconds.
There was lots of information about the building: it was conceived “to reflect the ambition and excitement of one of the world’s most dynamic cities. The pixelated design ….. becomes the city’s new icon.” (perhaps the owners of IconSiam might not agree there).
Of course, you go up there for the views………
And to step out onto the glass platform – the Skywalk – 307 metres above the city:
On the ground again, not for the first time we enjoyed the contrasts of this great city: