Beautiful Thailand: Bangkok

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Wat Phra Kaew

After a long flight from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol we arrived at Bangkok Airport and after we had our suitcases we were brought to our hotel in Bangkok by bus. In the bus we got much information, but I was so sleepy I hardly heard a thing! :) Fortunately my husband paid more attention. At the hotel there was another info session and we had to decide in what trips we would like to participate: all of course! 

After lunch we hoped to be able to go to our room and have a bit of sleep, but no....our guide told us we were going to visit the Wat Phra Kaew in half an hour's time! So we freshened up a bit and hup on the bus! It was beautiful! The style of Thailand's culture was so new to us! But I remember at one moment we had to wait for some members of our group that I was leaning against a wall, the sun shining on my face and.

Wat Phra Kaew
...I fell asleep standing upright! 

We had 2 more days to explore Bangkok.  In the morning of the second day we went with our group to Chinatown and on a boat trip along the khlongs. The afternoon was free so we explored more of Bangkok by ourselves. As we did not like the first lunch we decided not to eat with our group anymore. The food was made to suit the 'farang', the foreigners, it wasn't real Thai food. And it is so much fun to choose your own place to eat and meet people of the city itself! So we had lunch in a place where no tourists come and had some nice talks with people who came to sit at our table! After that we visited the Wat Traimit, the Golden Buddha and the Wat Pho, with the Reclining Buddha and the statues showing yoga positions.

Wat Phra Kaew: altar to offer to the gods
It also seemed to be a center of studying Buddhism as well, because there were many young monks being tutored.

In the evening while looking for a place to dine, we walked along the Erawan shrine, a place to offer incense and flowers to the gods and light candles. We were very lucky some Thai girls were dancing as well!

Day #3 we went to the Golden Mountain. It was quite a climb, but the views are wonderful! The day before we had heard that today was Queen Sirikit's birthday (12 August) and we should be on the Sanam Luang square for free food! It was amazing! So many eateries on the square and so many people and.......so few tourists! The Thai people all smiled at us, thumbs up, children had to wave at us, because I think they liked it we were celebrating with them! We were also told that the Thai have the great view that the more people participate, the more luck will come to anyone! We stayed on the square and among the friendly Thai people all afternoon and part of the evening as well!

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Wat Phra Kaew: chedi
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chinatown: flowers for sale to of…
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chinatown: all kinds of crackers
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chinatown: dried fish
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houses along the khlongs
houses along the khlongs
Wat Traimit: Golden Buddha
Wat Traimit: Golden Buddha
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near the Golden Buddha were these…
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chinese temple
Wat Pho: reclining Buddha.
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Wat Pho: reclining Buddha. You c…
Wat Pho: reclining Buddha
Wat Pho: reclining Buddha
Wat Pho: one of the entrances
Wat Pho: one of the entrances
Wat Pho: temple
Wat Pho: temple
Wat Pho: a small temple
Wat Pho: a small temple
Wat Pho: the yoga positions
Wat Pho: the yoga positions
Wat Pho: the yoga positions
Wat Pho: the yoga positions
Wat Pho: monks
Wat Pho: monks
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erawan shrine to offer incense an…
erawan shrine to offer incense and…
erawan shrine to offer incense an…
erawan shrine to offer incense and…
erawan shrine to offer incense an…
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thai dancers
thai dancers
thai dancers
thai dancers
thai dancers
Golden Mountain, inside
Golden Mountain, inside
Golden Mountain: the bells
Golden Mountain: the bells
Golden Mountain: view of Bangkok
Golden Mountain: view of Bangkok
Golden Mountain: view of Bangkok
Golden Mountain: view of Bangkok
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portret of Queen Sirikit
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people on Sanam Luang square who …
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portret of Queen Sirikit in the e…
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festival with dances on several s…
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during the festival you could hav…
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later in the evening the people q…
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monument of democracy in Bangkok
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a tuktuk is a kind of taxi: barga…
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lobby of our hotel
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home altar of our hotel
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Durian is a kind of fruit that st…
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