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Bangkok Day 2

The Floating Market, The Bridge Over the River Kwai, and the Tiger Temple

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We decided to take a tour outside of Bangkok today and, boy, was it ever a good decision! A mini bus picked us up at 6:30 am and took us a few hours outside the city. We went to the floating market, which is exactly as it sounds... a floating market. The long boats were full of produce, seafood, and hand made products, and you floated down the river stopping at whichever docked boats you wanted. It was a really cool experience. We were there for a couple hours as there was also a regular market, some ice cream shops, and restaurants.

After the market, we went to the Bridge Over the River Kwai. It is a bridge that was built by Japanese-owned Thai slaves to cross the large and grueling River Kwai. It took only 17 months to construct, in a time where steel bridges would normally take 7-10 years. The bridge itself wasn't overly interesting, but the history behind it and the museum close by were both very fascinating. In a nearby shop, you could pay 100 baht (3 dollars) to hold and feed a baby leopard which was extremely cool.

We were then taken to the "Tiger Temple," which turned out to be a huge petting zoo. I love animals, especially massive cats, so this was absolutely amazing. We got to pet and take pictures with real Tigers! It was extremely cool. Our tour guide tried to say that the tigers were not sedated, but it seemed pretty obvious they were. That seems cruel, but never again in my life will I get to experience something like that again. There were also warthogs, bears, buffalo, and many other animals just walking around the area. We took a nap on the bus ride back and we're just about to head to dinner. We found a deal for a Thai dinner for 2 with soft drinks for 240 baht, which is under $5.

Thats all for now,

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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!

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Arriving in Bangkok

Our first night away!

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We are finally in Bangkok! After a super long flight and a short stopover in Shanghai, we are very pleased to be settled in at our hotel. The room is super nice. It's a little small but it is luxurious and safe. We weren't tired enough to go to sleep so we went for a walk and got a couple of beers. We went to a sports bar and another bar with live music, which was fantastic. The band played mostly hip hop including some of my favourite songs like Angel by Shaggy, Rhianna, and Pink Floyd. We saw a couple of "lady boys" that really freaked us out, but other than that we are having a great time so far and we're really hoping we can get a good night's sleep and take good advantage of tomorrow (Wednesday the 27th).

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