Bangkok,The Tourist Blobs get Hot, damm hot, Thailand: 2008

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Bangkok is a city of contrasts. From the serenity of the temples and buddhist monks to the crazy smoke filled city streets with cars, taxis and tuk-tuks and street vendors all hustling for their own space.

ann in buddha mode john and 2 marco polos

We have found the Skytrains and the Ferries invaluable, as you can actually work out a time of travel and move forward instead of standing still down on road level. the time has flown here and we have enjoyed seeing many of the wonderful sites.

 

 

Our food intake has been varied and one of John’s favourite meals was a 30 baht ($1) Pad Thai he had for lunch today at the Vimanmek Mansion in the Dusit Palace. We have also lashed out and paid a crazy price for a meal on the 64th floor of the State Tower at the Dome. The views were spectacular but it was way too expensive for a meal in Bangkok.

The temples of Wat Pho with the large Reclining Buddha and Standing Buddha were awe inspiring and it was great to be a peaceful compound surrounded by history and peace.

 

We had a trip to a recommended Tailors to get fitted for some new suits ,well what an experience but in the end it was worth it for john but not so certain for ann ,it’s such a different world that you have to just go with the flow.

 

Our next stop was a session of shopping discovery in the MBK centre a massive 7 level market style centre with everything imaginable on show. They also have an amazing food hall with computerised card order swipe card and an international array of food all cooked fresh in front of you . we also finally got to the Jim Thompson house a beautiful Thai style authentic series of houses joined together to create a more western style home for Jim who was the father of the Thai silk industry.

 

A visit to Liphapini Park early in the morning reveals another side of Bangkok with thousands out exercising doing Tai Chi and picnicing . It was a beautiful escape before heading to the Chataphau markets an experiece that needs a map to fully appreciate the extent of what lies before you ,unbelievable is all we can say ,a must for any visit to Bangkok.

 

A visit to more palaces ,temples and royal mansions as well as a canal cruise in a long tail boat plus a visit to the night markets and a cruise past the girly bars capped off a wonderful 6 days in bangkok.

 

 

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