Last day in Bangkok...for now
Trip Start Nov 08, 2007
15Trip End Nov 24, 2007
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Anyway, yesterday was a good. We got up early and went looking for a rental agency that Allen found to rent a small lens for the camera...we left ours at home. Found the place after a short 20 minute huff on foot and...it was closed! Bummer, but we went baak later in the day and got it!
Anyway, next we caught a cab to try to get to the skytrain station, but with the language barrier, we ended up over the bridge in another part of the city, very far away from our intended destination. We saw the Marriott on the map and pointed to it and that's where we ended up
Next stop was Chinatown and we wandered through several market stalls amonst tons of fabrics, pearls and Hello Kitty paraphernalia. Allen stuck out like a sore thumb! We then headed to the Grand Palace and the Wat with the Emerald Buddha(which is really made of jade- go figure!) The palace and grounds were something to behold. The Thais have a penchant for gold leaf, mirrors, mosaics and porcelain. Wow. The pictures will never do it justice!
Then it was on to the Sukhumvit area for Allen to meet with the tailor. He is having 2 suits and 3 shirts made exactly to his specifications. It was so much fun picking the materials out and choosing pleats, pockets, this and that. Can't wait to see them!
Finally, we headed back to Khaosan Rd. for dinner and just to watch the world go by. Khaosan is quite the experience. It's like a safe haven for backpackers, lost hippies and 50 year old western men looking for a young Asian "escort". Plus it's like a condensed version of the strip at Myrtle beach with T-shirt and trinket vendors covering every square foot of store front space. And then add in some $5 per night bed bug hotels. There you've got KSR. Still, an experience to be had!
Well, finally we headed back to the hotel and crashed. We were excited for our next leg....Vietnam!!