Bangkok Canals and the Grand Palace
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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.
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.