Bangkok Big City Life
Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
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To ease her into life in Asia I booked a reasonable hotel in the city centre. Give her a few days to acclimatise and also time for us to catch up. Got to the airport hours too early but guess I just couldn't wait. I was pacing up and down searching all the arrivals even though I could see that her plane had not even landed. What a moment. We just hugged and laughed. I was so happy. Back to the hotel and ready to plan our adventure.
We have decided to spend a few days in Bangkok and then head up north
I have been to many such places on my travels but this Palace was impressive. The style of architecture and the details and craftsmanship was amazing. There were masses of tourists about but even this did not distract from the beauty of the buildings. We spent a few hours wandering around in the heat and the crowds and decided to head of to one of the nearby temples. After buying some lovely fresh water melon from a street vendor it was off by Tuk Tuk to see the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Yet another interesting and impressive sight. Some very ornate sculptures at all of the gates and then to see this massive gold plated Buddha (about 34 m if I remember correctly) was breathtaking. Again after wandering around and chatting to a monk we decided that we had had enough culture for one day it was off to the Amulet market
Another short Tuk Tuk ride and we were soon exploring down some narrow dark alleys of the market. Obviously these amulets are important to the Thais but did not find them that interesting. Apparently they can spend hours inspecting various pieces with a jewelers eye glass and they can also be very expensive. After Kate had bought a few rings we had a late lunch where I introduced her to the wonderful Roti. Different to what we get back home. Here, the roti is rolled and then flipped like a pizza til it is paper thin. Then a filling is added before it is folded into a square and then cooked on a flat hotplate which makes it nice and crispy. Fillings vary from savory like chicken curry, cheese or eggs to sweet fillings like banana and condensed milk and Nutella. A great tasty quick and cheap snack available in most of S E Asia.
From here we headed back to the river front where we found a great spot over looking the river where we could watch the sun set behind the temples. Sipping fancy cocktails and watching the sun set was the perfect end to a great day sight seeing with Kate. Tomorrow has been designated a shopping day so we will hit the huge fancy malls of central Bangkok.
A short trip by Skytrain and we soon in the heart of any shoppers paradise
That night I took Kate out to Soi Cowboy, which was the original Red Light area of Bangkok. It is one long street lined on both sides with bars. There are also lots of street traders selling souvenirs and watches etc and of course lots of beggars and hustlers. All the bars are offering various specials and discounted drinks as they try to attract your attention. What really attracts your attention is the scantily clad girls ( and some lady boys) beckoning you into the bars
We have decided to catch the train to Chiang Mai and explore a bit of the north of Thailand. The next day we arrived at the station only to be told that the train is not running as due to the high amount of accidents they have decided to carry out some repairs to the track
The hours dragged by while we waited for the bus and Kate went to Dunkin donuts for some refreshments. We had seen Charcoal Donuts advertised all around the city so she bought a couple. The most disgusting thing I have ever eaten... a doughnut covered in a black, burnt tasting BBQ sauce. Why would anyone do this?