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Waterways of Bangkok

We had been kicking our heels a bit in Hanoi for the last day or so and we were looking forward to getting to Bangkok, which would be the last stop on our 7 month trip.  We thought that we would find a pretty chaotic, polluted, interesting but pretty crazy city, but we were not prepared for how much we liked it!

We had an early start to get from Hanoi and arrived at Bangkok around mid-day.  Getting-off the plane onto the runway meant that we really felt the heat (as it had often been overcast in the north of Vietnam).  Fortunately our rather plush hotel (well, it was plush for us backpackers!) was well air-conditioned and very comfortable.  We had arrived in Bangkok at the end of the New Year celebrations, where people hurl water at each other in the streets, fortunately we were well aware of this and no nasty misunderstandings took place!

On our first full day, we walked around the City and covered quite a few miles.

Buddah!
  WE couldn't believe how little trafic there was around the place - many of the main roads through the city were totally devoid of any cars at all!  We rightly assumed that it was because of the New Year celebrations (the next day it was pretty busy and the following days became busier still).  Our first impressions was that it was a pretty clean and modern place (considering what we were expecting) and also there were so many fascinating landmarks (such as the "Giant Swing" and the Democracy Monument, as well as the numerous temples dotted around the place).

WE took a day to wander round the temples and palaces.  THey were pretty amazing - particularly the Reclining Buddah and the Grand Palace, they are a "must see" on a new visitor's trip to Bangkok.  THe Reclining Buddah is indescribably huge! 

We took a trip out to the River Kwai Bridge and visited the war cemetaries (a very moving experience) and the Death Railway Museum (as well as a journey on the Death Railway itself).

Khao San Road
  THe stories of the young soldiers who were forced to build the railway is very shocking and a real reminder of the horrors of war.

We couldn't get hold of tickets to the Thai Boxing for anything like reasonable prices (about £35 was the cheapest that they would us!) so we didn't bother in the end.  WE did head-out to the Pasteur Institute (now known as "The Snake Farm"), which is a WHO operation to treat and research animal-borne diseases. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the "venom milking", but we did get to see the snake handling - which included a HUGE King Cobra that was fairly docile, along with another couple of poisonous snakes and one extremely vicious non-poisonous snake that gave a nasty bite to the handler!

We experienced also the huge Chaterchack Market - a weekend-only event that had a very multi-cultural feel.

  If there is something in Thailand that you have seen in a shop or a market, the liklihood is that you can find it here (if you have the time and can look hard enough!).

WE never really got round to sitting by the pool and relaxing as we had planned to for the last few days in Bangkok, but we didn't really mind.  We were originally going to head to Hua Hin (a beach resort about 2 hours away) and leave only a couple of days in Bagkok itself, although we were very glad that we gave ourselves a couple of extra days to explore Bangkok as we found that it had a lot to offer.

 

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