Thailand Travelogue: Jim Thompson Museum, Breathtaking 360-Degree View Atop Moon Bar, Fireworks Over the Chao Phraya River

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Earlier this year the Tourism Authority of Thailand invited me to come visit the country and create our first ever Asian guide for GayCities. The phenomenal travel connoisseur Carlos Melia took me, YouTuber Davey Wavey and colleagues from Pink Triangle Press, Passport magazine and dot429 around Bangkok, Chiang Mai and the Golden Triangle region showing us the shiniest gems Thailand has to offer. The following travelogue retraces more highlights from my second day there.

The Jim Thompson House

Jim Thompson was a businessman and American expat who revolutionized the silk industry in Thailand in the 50s and 60s. Unfortunately his contribution was cut short when he mysteriously disappeared during an excursion in Malaysia.

The museum celebrating his legacy is housed in his former residence, a complex made up of several traditional Thai-style homes with refined design elements.

We all wondered what a handsome silk designer with such a fancy for home decor would do in that big house with no wife nor children...

I decided that a silk clutch from Jim Thompson store would make a perfect gift for my mother.

The interior/exterior living room in Mr. Thompson's former residence.

Pretty girl selling flowers and posing outside the gift shop.

Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel

For pre-dinner drinks we headed to the five-star Banyan Tree Hotel, where I often would get distracted snapping pictures of the gorgeous property and force the rest of the press group to wait around for me. Sorry, guys!

Sunset over supper.

After an insane elevator ride up, we made it to the rooftop of the hotel. Moon Bar is one of the highest hotspots in Bangkok with a splendid 360-degree view of the entire city. Even Bangkok blanketed in smog was a sight to behold.

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River City

We then drove to River City, a shopping complex and pier. After wondering upstairs by myself I stumbled upon a...

...lady boy! Cheekily applying on some make-up.

We then boarded the Apsara dinner cruise. Dining as we glided through the city's Chao Praya River, we got to see Bangkok landscapes from unique angles.

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