A calm pleasant country with friendly people – we certainly found them so. Due to its fertility and relative freedom from population pressures Thailand is also a well-fed country. Very much one big city and a lot of primitive country – Chiang Mai the second city is a village in comparison to Bangkok. Seeing Bangkok is chiefly a question of seeing Buddhas – standing, sitting, emerald, stone and even solid gold. Undoubtedly the most awe-inspiring Buddha is the reclining one in Wat Po. Like a beached whale he entirely fills the building, nowhere can you stand more than five meters from him. And who else do you know with mother of pearl inlaid soles to their feet? The main bot – mast important building in a wat, at Wat Po is surrounded by 394 sitting Buddhas.