Thai-land & I
Trip Start Sep 21, 2011
3Trip End Oct 27, 2011
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Thais also call their country as the “Land of Smiles.” It is really worthy to be called such a name since everywhere you can see smiling faces.
Though we stayed in Thailand for 33 hours only, we were able to visit a lot of places
On September 22nd, we woke up early to prepare for our one-day tour. The first place that we visited was the floating market at Damnoen Saduak which sells vegetables, fruits, etc in the old traditional way of selling from small boat. It took us time to choose what food to eat since some of us are picky eaters. However, we still manage to eat the super hot and spicy tom yum. On our way to the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha from the floating market, we passed by the Royal Thai Handicraft Center where we enjoyed taking pictures with the furniture, sculpted buddhas and elephants, leather goods and textile products which the Center sells. Just like other Asians, we chose to take pictures rather than buying. Aside from the Grand Palace and Temple of Emerald Buddha, we also visited several temples where we saw different kinds of Buddha, sitting, standing, reclining, etc. We ended our day in with a tour in Khao San Road where we bought some stuffs for ourselves and our family and friends. Though it was raining during that time in Khao San, we still enjoyed our tour. At 12 midnight, we rode on a taxi going to Mon Chit Terminal where we slept until 3AM. Our bus going to Aranyaprathet left the terminal at 4AM. From Aranyaprathet, we rented a tuktuk that took us to Poipet, Cambodia/Thailand Border. Before got a tuktuk, we played charades with the tuktuk drivers since all them do not know how to speak English. After 10 minutes of charade, one tuktuk driver got the answer. He took us to Poipet.
Sawadee kha, Khopkhun kha, Chai and Mai Chai—these are the words that I learned from my 33-hour stay in the Land of the Free.