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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sunday November 19th Bangkok
We got up and enjoyed another great breakfast at the Trang before we met our guide Nancy for the Temple and City Tour. She gave us a quick rundown on the stats of Bangkok; 360 temples in Bangkok/ 30,000 temples in all of Thailand!, Bangkok has 10mm inhabitants, Bangkok has 3 seasons; Winter, Summer and the rainy season. We headed off to see 3 temples in the city. Nancy immediately started the sales pitch to see if we would be interested in any of the other tours they offered and when we declined she asked where were we were going next and offered to get us transportation and hotels wherever we might need them. Since we had not yet discussed it, we did not know where next would be. So we took her number and told her we would call if we needed anything. First up was the temple of Wat Trimit (Wat means Temple in Thai). Inside the temple is a large Buddha statue. Apparently hundreds of years ago the King of Burma was raiding Thailand. The statue was covered with plaster to disguise it. Many years later an attempt to move the Buddha cracked the plaster and it was discovered that the staue underneath was ade of 5 tons of solid gold!! Next we stopped at Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha. This is home to the largest Buddha statue in the world, lying on his side in the highest state of nirvana. Third we stopped at Wat Benchamabopit, this was the newest temple we saw, completed in 1899 and made of Italian Carrera marble.
After the Temples we did the city tour which was the 'Tourist trap tour'. We stopped at two jewelry stores/factories that were way overpriced, especially for Thailand. We were taken to a store that would measure me up and make me a fitted suit within the hour and we were taken to a store, I am still confused on this one, but it specialized in goods from India. Why is that included in a tour of Bangkok??? Our last stop was at a store that specialized in items from Thailand, but again, it seemed to be strictly for tourists and was very expensive. We were dropped off at our hotel and while I hunkered down for a well needed nap, Lyn hit the pool. Later that night we again walked to Kao San Road and stopped for dinner at the Chada B&B. The prices where good, but the portions were rather small. I did enjoy an Ice cold Chang Beer and Lyn had a Singha Beer. Afterwards we decided to check out the night market in the Patpong area of Bangkok. We haggled with the driver of the bright fuschia cab and I got him down to 100 Baht. I thought I did well for such a long ride!! Arriving in Patpong, there were people everywhere, quite a busy place! Most things were the usual touristy knock off items you would expect

Jumped in a cab and haggled him down to 100 Baht for a ride to Patpong. I felt this was a great price.
On the way back we tried several Tuk-Tuks (little three wheels taxis) to match the 100 Baht we paid to get to Patpong. But no luck, but we eventually found a cab for 150 Baht.
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