show Thompson crossing the canal to visit
deeply captivated by the nostalgic charm of old,
and more simple Bangkok. The enchanting aspects
of life along the klong or waterways, fascinated
him. Wooden houses, some in the traditional Thai
style, in the cool shade of trees lining the river
banks, their branches arching over across the
klong. The daily traffic - boats plying up and
down the waterway selling their wares.
had his eye on this piece of land by Klong Maha
Nag and just across from the weaving village of
Ban Krua that he visited every morning. It was
a piece of land that had once been part of the
vast compound of a summer palace.