A Little Green Man and Some Breakdancing Locals

Trip Start Oct 02, 2012
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Trip End Mar 31, 2014

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sooo we saw some more stuff today and have also been practicing our Thai. We can now say a few things (badly), such as; "Hello", "Thank You", "Yes", "No", "Sorry", "Two beers" and "Do you have an extra blanket please? I am too cold"....That last one is a lie ;)

Well the sights we saw today were visually amazing. If we had the necessary words and literal dexterity to describe the opulence and beauty of the Grand Palace and the resting place of the Emerald Buddha then we would surely be in the realms of Shakespeare, but unfortunately this is more Roald Dahl. The complex of buildings you first encounter (and the temple housing the Emerald Buddha) has a dozen or more temples/structures, each more beautiful and extravegant than the one before. The arcitecture here is on a level that is only hinted at in the surrounding Bangkok temples and the overall effect is jaw dropping. The only down side is that there are too many in such a small space and after a time you become numb to it as it overwhelms you.  Relief comes afer you depart the main area and step into the serene tranquillity of the Chakri Maha Prasat Hall. Here the world expands and the buildings become centrepieces of the eye rather than an invasion (albeit an amazing one) as in the citadel of the emerald buddha. The buildings are still mind blowingly beautiful but they are in a context of landscape and easier to appreciate on their own rather than in the noise of structures within the Buddhas domain.
The Emerald Buddha itself has been about a bit and has travelled through many places before ending up in Bangkok. He is very very old, very very sacred, and very very small!  We would have taken a pic but it is forbidden (so google it). The room he is mounted in is huge.  And gold. And incredible. If you ever come to bangkok then pay the 400baht (8) and take a look,  I promise you it is worth it. Just remember that Thai people come to see the Buddha to worship so do not spend too long gawping at him before moving on and giving them room to kneel and pray.

After all the looking at stuff we hit the bars for some food and a drink. To keep things interesting Anna had a yellow thai curry and Ian had a green thai rice thingy with a fried egg on. Both were utterly delishious, best Thai food so far! We ate at a more upmarket establishment than normal and were rewarded with not only great food but amazing service and live music. The service was so good that if you took a napkin, wiped your mouth and put it down, it would instantly be removed from the table. They came and poured more beer for you if you glass became even half empty and they had a waterfall and stone cows. We are pretty sure the Thai dude playing guitar and singing was raised in america but the dude could really sing and even took requests!

It was raining as we left the bar to hunt down some cocktails and we came across a group of about half a dozen young thai men breakdancing in the middle of the wet road. They were having a dance off, doing flips, body popping, spinning and then last guy just walked on and did a little jig and a jump! Very funny! :D

After the 99b cocktails of sex on the beach and long island ice tea (both of which must've been mainly spirits) we managed to get home before the rain became a absolute torrent and crashed out.

Tomorrow a 12 hour trek to Kho phi phi (where The Beach was filmed) and new horizons.
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