First of Bangkok

Trip Start Jun 07, 2010
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Trip End Dec 18, 2010


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Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Flew from Phuket to Bangkok because the previous 120mile trip (from Langkawi to Phuket) was not nice It took so long stopping picking people everywhere and was really uncomfortable, this journey was 500miles (nearly 3 times longer) so because it was only 40 each we flew with air Asia.

From Phuket we got a tuk tuk to the airport at 10am and was in our Bangkok hostel by 5pm and felt fine the actual fight was only just over an hour, much easier.

After settling in at our hostel we headed out in direction of many food markets but because my stomach was rough we wanted some English/American style food, finding a place took a long time but we found a place and had some fish and chips and Louise had a salad.

We headed back to our lovely air conditioned hostel room on the top floor.

Next day we got up 4:30 am we planned to go to a fruit market at crack of dawn we walked down the road hailed a tuk tuk I pointed to the driver on the map explaining 'we want to go hear Tha Chang' and I circled it with a pen I bartered a price with him and we went on our way.

I followed on the map as he drove and he seemed to go off course then he stopped and announced ‘Chinatown’

I said ‘No, Tha Chang’ and I pointed again on the map.

After a while he realised were we wanted to go (as if pointing to the destination on a big tourist map of the city he is a taxi man of and circling it wasn’t easy enough).

He replied ‘oh Tha Chang’ Tha Chang not China-town’.

Then he doubled his price, I sternly replied ‘No original price’ he accepted. We finally got to our destination.

We walked to the pier to hire a long tail boat for an hour and found one but the man was drunk (6:30am)!

We couldn’t understand him; we left the guy and found someone else to ask they told us the floating market we wanted to go to was only weekends! So our efforts were wasted even though the Asia tourist website stated it was every day.

So we instead walked around until the nearby grand palace opened at 8:30am.

It was really good being up this early as there was hardly any tourists about just Thai people going about their business which may be waking up at the random street spot you slept, getting drunk all the time in your long boat, setting up a market stall, burning incense and praying at a Buddha shrine, commuting to work, going to school or if you’re a monk collecting alms (offering & gifts) from people.

We later went to the grand palace the price had gone up from 200b to 350b (dam tourist traps).

Before we entered the Grand palace we had to follow a strict dress code.

Men must wear long pants and shirts with sleeves (no tank tops. no bare feet).

Women must be similarly modestly dressed. No see-through clothes, bare shoulders

I had to borrow some trousers and Louise borrows a sarong.

The Grand palace was amazing so much detail within the 59 acre walled complex are more than 100 mansions, halls, pavilions and Temples with Exquisite mosaic-encrusted spires and pillars.

The Grand Palace with  the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is Thailand's most sacred site.

We walked around for ages stopping to sit in the main temple of the emerald Buddha admiring it and the shrine; you are not allowed to take photos of it either this helps add to its aura of mystery and respect.

We watch as Thais came prayed for 10 minutes and went and some monks were there praying too.

We spent 6 hours there great time but Louise started to come over all ill with food poisoning again.

We got a tuk tuk back to our hostel.
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