Lizards, Brad Pitt and a giant golden buddha

Trip Start Nov 11, 2010
Trip End Mar 21, 2011

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Friday, November 12, 2010

Lizards, Brad Pitt and a giant golden budda were only a small number of things we saw in this vast extraordinary city!

Making our way to the hotel from the airport was very easy as Bangkok has a network of underground and overground trains.  Our hotel was nice and located right next to two train lines, which made it easy for us to explore the city. As soon as we checked in, we both fell asleep (accidently) as we were both so exhausted from the flight journey. In the afternoon we explored some of bangkok including Lumphini park where we saw a giant lizard swimming in the lake!

The smell in Bangkok was constantly changing where ever you go and its not just food (which always seems to have the same spicy smell to it) but also rubbish and sewage - even sometimes around the food stools. As we were both hungry and didn't fancy any of the food on the first day, we stumbled into McDonalds! They had triple cheese burgers and double big macs! We weren't that greedy though.

Our second day here was very busy, we set off early to visit the Grand Palace. We arrived using the train and then a taxi. We learnt after the following mistake that you should be careful who to trust! When we got out the taxi outside the palace a Thai man told us that we needed to buy tickets down the road and so we walked that way. When we approached the entrance (what we thought to be), another guy told us the palace was only open to Thai people in the morning and that we would have to come back at 12. He suggested we take a tuk tuk to see the giant golden buddha at 20baht (about 40p). We thought it might be good so we went ahead. This was the first time we went on a Tuk Tuk! The roads in bangkok are chaos and people skip between lanes as if they didn't exist and overtake each other to the extreme. All our trust went into the driver to get us to the destination safely! The giant golden buddha and the temple next to it was actually really interesting to see. We met a friendly Thai person who told us about opening the temple to tourists (to increase tourists in the future) and told us he used to live in the UK to study and was travelling back home to Chiang mai to see his family the next day. When we got back to the temple, the same Thai guy tried offering us expensive boat trips (which we rejected) and we soon realised the real entrance had been open all along! The cheek! At least we enjoyed seeing the buddha for cheap.

The Palace was a very pretty, and mostly consisted of gold buildings and statues. This place was a photographers heaven with so many different layers of architecture, colours and detail. We had to borrow a skirt and trousers as you should cover your legs and arms within the palace.

We also the river of bangkok (which wasn't anything worth seeing) and many different markets throughout our stay. Dan bought a T-shirt from a market local to our hotel in Sukhumvit and we also bought some fruit.

In the evening, we visited Siam Square. It was a Saturday evening and we discovered that this place was a shopping and entertainment hub, especially for young people like us. Before this point, we thought bangkok was fairly poor and unclean but Siam Square had live music, events, a huge indoor shopping centre and many different places to eat. It also had cinemas, bowling and more and it was packed full of young people. This was also where we saw Brad Pitt and unfortunately he was made of wax!

On the third day, we prepared to leave for the night train. Our hotel let us check out late for free and it gave us the opportunity to catch up on much needed sleep. Our night train would take us from Bangkok to Chiang Mai, the next leg of our journey.
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mandy beare on

It looks like you are having a great time , the palace looked nice .Looking forward to seeing what youare doing next xxx love Mum and Dad xxxx

Becky Desave on

Woooooooow it looks amazing, keep the post coming and stay safe x

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