Day 3, Last day in Bangkok
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Wake-up call at 6.30 am. After a nice breakfast we left for the Grand Royal Palace. Amazingly big. All the buildings where huge and the gardens were gorgeous. Beside every door there were two Giant Guardians. There were a lot of small temples inside the complex, and a lot of statues. The Guardian Giants were really impressive. They were as big as the buildings and beautifully colored. Every roof was decorated with little dragons or golden curls at the ends. Througout the palace where statues placed of mythical beasts called Kinnorn. This creature is half bird, half man.
There was also a replica of the Angkor Wat. Our guide told us that this building style was used a lot for other temples in Thaliand, like in Ayutthaya which we would visit later on this trip.
Parts of this Grand Palace are still in use by the current Royal family of Thailand. When there are statevisitors in Thailand some buildings are still used for State business, dinners and such. Close to these buildings i saw a sort of guardian lions as there are in China, except these where looking to the side instead of foreward and looked a bit different. There also was the place where the body of the recent deceased princess was kept. The body has to stay there 100 days before it can be cremated. For her honor they are building a completely new crematorium of around 400 million Baht if i remember it right.
After that we go a walk through China Town. And it was indeed a walk, a really fast one and we didn't even got the chance to shop around...When we got to the pier there was a boat ready to take us for a ride over the klongs. It was a pretty big boat, a little scary to get in but it all went ok ;) Along the way we saw very different things. Some houses were like villas, amazingly big, while other houses were little and old. There also were a lot of shops close to the water.
We also saw a lizard under a fence, and a lot of stray dogs lying on terraces of the houses. Every house or shop had a spirit house in front of it, to protect it from bad spirits and for good luck. It was told that those spirit houses also stood in front of many hotels, companies, malls etc.
After the ride on the klongs we had lunch on a boat over the Chao Praya River. From there we saw Wat Arun, the temple of Dawn. Unfortunately we didn't visit that one. When we got back we did visit the Wat Traimit. In that temple stands the heaviest Golden Buddha, 5500 kg of pure gold.
That evening we went to the most popular and well-known show of Bangkok, Siam Niramit. It was a play about the history of Thailand, the people and the way of living, festivals, and their beliefs. Truly fantastic, the colors of the suits were beautiful and the music was beautiful and it was better then words can Ever discribe. Unfortunately pictures were not allowed :( That was the last evening in Bankok, the following day we would be leaving for Kanchanaburi.