Tuk tuks and traffic fumes!

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The giant standing Buddha

For some bizarre reason we were up very early this morning and were down eating breakfast at 8.00am!  The breakfast buffet was interesting.  It included western usuals such as bacon, eggs, ham and sausages but also rice, thai dishes and spring rolls.  We went for western with an asian influence - bacon, sausage, egg and spring rolls!

At the hotel was a free tuk tuk service to Kho San Road so we got in it at 9am.  Now despite having read our guide book about scams and cons we were sucked in immediately!  A man approached us and said he would take us around some temples for an hour for 5 baht (about 15p) - "fantastic" we said - "lets go!"  It all started off quite well - we visited a giant standing buddha in China Town, then onto a temple.  Took some photos and jumped back into the tuk tuk.

  "Next I take you to my sponser" - "Oh" was our response.  He took us to a tailors.  We stepped inside to a room full of material and were approached to see if we wanted a suit, or a dress.  "Just brousing" we said as we looked at the rolls of materials.  Eventually we escaped.  Tuk tuk man looked slightly disappointed that we hadn't bought anything.  Next he took us to a tourism shop where we were hassled some more, this time about booking onto an elephant trek in Chiang Mai.  We eventually escaped from here much to the disapointment of our tuk tuk driver who now must have realised that he wasn't going to get any commission from these places.  He tried one last time to take us to a boat ride to a temple but we said "No, " firmly.
Inside the temples were artists hand painting the walls
  He instead drove us himself to the Grand Palace where he left us.  We had learnt our lesson.

The Grand Palace was fantastic, many temples and statues, all extremely grand.  This is the home of the temple of the emerald buddha and the Thai royal family is resident here.  We got some good photos.

It was now very hot and humid so we headed back to the hotel for some lunch and a siesta.

In the evening we went back to Kho San road and had a much better ordeal, it was bustling with street traders and shops and it had a great atmosphere - we didn't get hassled.  Think Bangkok is much better at night! 


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The giant standing Buddha
The giant standing Buddha
Inside the temples were artists ha…
Inside the temples were artists h…
photo by: Deats