bus tickets and incredible sparkly temples

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Our first morning waking up in Thailand.  It was great to be in an entirely new country and culture.  We woke up and left our baggage at the hotel.  We went on the street to find some breakfast and had some pad thai and fried egg with pork from a street vendor.  Then we had to make a journey out to the Northern Bus station in Bangkok to buy bus tickets to Chang Mai to leave that night.  We figured out what bus to get on from a tourist info desk, and took a bus ride for about 1 hour to get to the bus station.  After some language difficulties, we found the correct desk for buying tickets and got 2 tickets to Chang Mai on an overnight bus that would be leaving tonight, cost for 2nd class bus was 400Baht (around $10 each).

Main Palace
 

Next we took the same bus back into town which took another hour, so we had spent most of the morning just getting to the bus station to buy tickets.  Next we walked down some streets to get to the grand palace.  On the way, we bought lunch from some street vendors.  First we bought 3 roasted bananas, which Steve liked and I did not like so much.  Then we got fruit smoothies for 50 cents each, I got a papaya smoothie and steve got Ranbutan smooothie, which was a strange fruit, but very delicious.  Then we walked on further and got a chicken meat stick and pork meat stick. 

Next we entered the grand palace which was a beautiful former residence of the King.  Inside was a famous temple which housed the emerald budha.  We did the temple first and the buildings were extraordinary.

Main Palace
  i dont know how to describe it exactly, but it was incredible architecture and detail and everything was so sparkly and shiny from the jewels and glass put on every inch of the building.  I kept thinking of my housemate Kaitlyn who wrote her thesis on sparkly objects, and how much she would have enjoyed this.  Hopefully the pictures can describe it better because really it was unlike any other buildings I have seen before.  Budhism is really important in Thailand and the image of Budha is revered and everywhere.  Statues of him are all over the place and many times housed in elaborate sparkling temples.  We walked around the rest of the grand palace and saw some cool looking buildings. 

Then we walked to nearby Wat Pho which is another temple.

Main Palace
  This one houses the largest reclining Budha in Thailand.  It was huge, the Budha's foot was the height of Steve.  Everytime we went inside a temple housing a Budha statue we always had to take off our shoes and hats.  Also girls had to cover up their shoulders and a change of clothes were provided at the grand palace if you did not have appropriate attire. 

After that we took a very quick ferry ride, less than one minute to get to the other side of the river to visit Wat Arun.  This temple was slightly different in style, more detailed in carvings, but less glitzy.  Then we walked down this side of the river for a long time.  My feet for tired and we took a ferry back to the other side of the river but still had to walk for a long time to get back towards our hotel where our bags were.

Emerald Buddha at Main Palace
  We were going to have dinner in a different area but I was too tired, so we just ate at a restaurant near the hotel.  The food portions were quite small, I had chicken in green curry with rice and steve had some octopus with rice.  We got more fruit smoothies after dinner, this time I got watermelon smoothie and Steve got Longan smoothie, another crazy fruit but very delicious. 

We had some spare time so we got our bags and used the internet for awhile to write more updates and put pictures on a CD.  Then we went to catch the same bus again to go back to the bus station to leave for Chang Mai.  The bus to Chang Mai left at 10pm and was an overnight bus which would arrive at 8am in Chang Mai.  We both slept right after we got on the bus.  There were enough empty seats to spread out and Steve of course slept like a rock, and i took a drammamine and took awhile to fall asleep, and slept on and off throughout the night. 

-Arum

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50 cent Smoothy
50 cent Smoothy
Main Palace
Main Palace
Main Palace
Main Palace
Main Palace
Main Palace
Emerald Buddha at Main Palace
Emerald Buddha at Main Palace
Reclining Buddha
Reclining Buddha
Wat Pho
Wat Pho
Wat Arun as seen from boat
Wat Arun as seen from boat
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