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Bangkok Day 1

Malls, Grand Palace, and China Town

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Our first day in Bangkok started pretty early. I think we were both spooked out by the lady boys that attacked us last night (especially the one that went Gandolf on Ron - Hint: You Shall Not Pass!) and the jet lag hit us hard, but we haven't really felt tired yet. Bangkok is a bright and fun place, being tired isn't really an option. We headed straight to a mall hoping to buy SIM cards for the phones that Ron's dad provided, but along the way we met the nicest Thai man, whose name was "A" or as we like to think "Eh!," who among other things led us to a student travel agency where we met a man by the name of Gap, who may have been the most helpful person in the world. He set up and booked the whole rest of our trip, setting up all transportation, accommodation, and activities. We might have paid a bit of a premium for it, but we don't have to worry about any ferries, taxis or buses, as well as any accommodation. We had no idea what we were going to do, so that really settles our nerves about our travels after Bangkok. While he did the paper work, we had a great authentic Thai lunch at a random food court. You know it was authentic because I was the only white person within 100 meters. Ron ate a shrimp omelet on rice while I had a seafood fried rice with fish, squid and shrimp. Both came with Tom Yum soup which was spicy and delicious.

After we lunch we took a Tuk Tuk to the Grand Palace, which was quite the spectacle. It's hard to describe in words so wait for the pictures and you'll see some amazing 18th century Thai architecture. We also saw the Emerald Buddha which is extremely sacred to the Thai people. It was found in 1432 and been passed around South East Asia since. They put different clothes on it depending on the season, which we thought was a little weird. It is too sacred to take photos of, unfortunately. From there, we took a sketchy boat down Chao Phraya River. It was interesting to say the least. We met some nice Australian people that had been around SE Asia and had interesting stories to tell us that gave us good advice. From there we walked through China Town to the MRT subway which took us back to the hotel. We met a ton of people from all around the world, and we are loving it!

Posted by geoffboulton 03:54 Archived in Thailand Tagged palace grand bangkok

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Sounds like a blast so far! That is fantastic you got the rest of your travels planned and booked- so worth it for some peace of mind and to be able to plan a bit. You should talk to Potts when you get back. When he was in Europe he took a train to France and then spent 3 hours walking around trying to find a hostel, and once there it was completely full. Not fun, so I think you guys are doing the right the thing. Have so much fun and can't wait to see photos! xoxo Miss you Geoff!

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