Sunday, 4 July 2010

Bangkok, Thailand

Jo and I arrived in Bangkok late afternoon and then took a walk around the area near our hotel, and after walking for half an hour ended up in the Silom Road area of the city. There were lots of street food sellers on every pavement, the smells were enticing, although they made Jo feel sick. We ate at a local bar with tables on the pavement and watched the world go by.
The day after we decided to explore the Grand Palace. It was spectacular, very ornate buildings, sparkling in in gold and jewels, with lots of Buddha statues. It was built in 1872 and consists of the Royal residence and throne halls and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. We then hired a Tuk tuk which took us to the Temple of the White Buddha, Temple of the Black Buddha, the Marble Temple, the export centre, where you can buy cheap gems and then the Temple of the Sleeping Buddha. I loved riding in a Tuk tuk, a great way to see alot of Bangkok in a short space of time, however once we had seen everything, the driver took us to a gem store and a clothing store, because if we bought something he would get free gas, so that was a bit annoying! Later that day we met up with the rest of the Gap adventures group and went out for a Thai meal, which was really good and cheap. On the way home our taxi driver had to ask a Tuk tuk driver where our hotel was and then crahsed into the back of a tuk tuk. Luckily no harm done. An adventurous first day!

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