Bangkok Canals and the Grand Palace

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Michelle and Gracie as we start out our trip to the cannals.

We worked with the hotel to get a guide boat through the back canals for the morning.  It was very affordable, and an amazing experience.  It was hard to see how poor some of the people were, and how they lived.  It's easy to take a trip and avoid these parts of the cities; but I think that's a mistake.  I think it's important to really see a place.  All of these people were full of smiles and hellos for us, waving and laughing.  I know there was joy in their lives, but I still wished they had a few more things to make their lives easier.  The canals were dirty, and they still used it to swim in, and I saw one woman washing her baby, with the garbage floating nearby.  There's no way to see that and then go back to your fancy hotel room and not feel a little funny about yourself.

The Grand Palace glimmered in the sunlight.

After the boat trip, we went to the Grand Palace.  It was beautiful to see.  There are two portions of this; the free part, and the part that you pay to get into.  PAY TO GET IN TO THE SECOND SECTION.  We were unsure, because you really couldn't see that it was anything different.  This is amazing, and you will hate yourself forever if you don't go in.

By the end of this, we were overwhelmed from the day; the heat, the crowds, the smog... we needed to get out.  We headed back towards the hotel, stopped to do a little shopping for things to take home for friends and family, and then got back to our room.  I stayed in that night with a really bad headache, Gracie and Michelle went out to find an adventure.

AndiPerullo says:
I agree, I think it's terrible mistake to only visit the tourist parts of cities. Thanks for showing us both sides and making us a little bit less ignorant.
Posted on: Feb 12, 2007
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Michelle and Gracie as we start ou…
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The Grand Palace glimmered in the …
The Grand Palace glimmered in the…
Our driver, Moo.
Our driver, Moo.
We start to see the houses
We start to see the houses
In the start, they werent so bad.
In the start, they weren't so bad.
They got worse as we got further i…
They got worse as we got further …
It was hard to accept this was som…
It was hard to accept this was so…
More homes on the canals.
More homes on the canals.
More canal homes
More canal homes
Canals
Canals
Homes on the canals
Homes on the canals
This one was caving in a little.
This one was caving in a little.
Children playing
Children playing
The floor was caving in on this ho…
The floor was caving in on this h…
Wat Arun.
Wat Arun.
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace
Detail work
Detail work
More detail work
More detail work
Gracie at the Grand Palace
Gracie at the Grand Palace
Michelle after seeing the Emerald …
Michelle after seeing the Emerald…
Pillar detail
Pillar detail
So much gold in one place!
So much gold in one place!
Michelle taking pictures
Michelle taking pictures
Michelle and Gracie at the Grand P…
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