Early evening at the night market, untangling the lights for display. Just after I took this shot we sat down at a restaurant for a well earned beer. Suddenly music blasted out from loudspeakers and everyone except us stood up.The waiter came over and begged us to stand for the King, as it was the national anthem playing. We duly complied feeling rather foolish. Afterwards we got into a long conversation about it with a Thai couple who were insistent that we stood up for the Queen all the time in England. "Not for years". "Oh that must be because of Lady Di." "No, way before then." They were not convinced.
The king is loved in Thailand and we came across another curious custom earlier in Bangkok. We noticed that a large number of people were wearing pink shirts or blouses. It turned out that the King was sick and at his last public appearance he had worn a pink shirt. Hence pink showed solidarity and the wish that he would get well. Fortunately he did :)