Pedaling our retro bikes in the Ancient City...
Trip Start Oct 31, 2011
137Trip End Mar 16, 2012
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Before I begin today's adventure, big correction to some of my previous blogs, there are actually 20 million people in Bangkok, and 64 million in all of Thailand. Can you believe all those people fit in a land mass that is quite a bit smaller than our province of Manitoba?
Today, we were picked up at 12:30 to head to the Ancient City. It was about a thirty minute drive from our hotel.
The Ancient City is the world's largest outdoor museum. It consists of smaller sized replicas of many of the most famous buildings, monuments and temples that can be found in all parts of Thailand. The museum covers 280 acres, and is approximately the geographic shape of Thailand.
We decided to use pedal bikes to make our way around the Ancient City, which is ironic, because our pedal bikes were ancient as well. Similar to some of the crumbling ruins we saw, our bikes were many decades without maintenance. However, we made it through with no brakes and bent rims, did I also tell you that this was the hottest day since we got to Bangkok. Of course, we forgot hats, sunscreen and water, so we had to pick some up at the market in the ancient city, check out our pictures, we are so tourists. Zandrea got lucky and our driver offered her his ball cap, the rest of us, especially Alan, who could not even really find one that fit his head, well it should keep you all laughing!
The Ancient City sights were beautiful, the buildings and the furnishings are majestic, and it is quite easy to imagine life in this ancient city, Alan enjoyed having his picture taken behind, the huge ornate desks. Oh!, and than there was the lovely old man we came across who insisted that we take a ride on his ox. He would not take no for an answer, so finally we convinced Mikkel and Zandrea to get on the darn ox, so we could leave, but no that was not enough, Alan had to go for a ride too. Thankfully for me, he let me go without taking the ox out for a spin, it might have been the look of death in my eyes!
So back home, I start to blog, and I am reading my little pamphlet of information, which clearly you are supposed to read prior to entering the Ancient City, because in the rules and regulations section - in black and white, no pictures allowed. Well as you will see from this entry, we not only took pictures, we posed on the ancient furniture! Oops!
Relaxed for about an hour, and then it is back out to the markets and food vendors to have supper, the food is so inexpensive, it is really not worth cooking. Zandrea and I ate at a place that serves noodles, she is obsessed with mastering the use of chopsticks, so it is Asian cuisine every night for her, thank god I love noodles. Spent a few hours walking around the markets, it seems there is something new to see every night, and every night it is just as busy. We are really enjoying our fancy half scooter/half trike taxi cab rides, it is really like the best amusement park ride you can go on.
Back at the hotel around 8:00p.m., Alan and the kids went to use the gym, and swimming, I am going to go run on the treadmill for a bit, and than relax with a good book.