Geting kidnaped at the temple....

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The big Budha at the Wat Intharawihan temple.

Okay guys.... years of travel experience did not keep me from falling into an obvious tourist trap. I planed to go to the Royal Grand Palace and arrived by taxi in the late morning. Here I was met by a guy who asked if I had tickets allready....which I did not. Okay then you have to buy them at the next gate down there.

Greatfull for the help I walked to the next gate and was met by another guy who told me that since today is big budha day the Palace would onely be open to Thai's untill 1pm. ( which sounded realistic because I knew from the hotel front desk staff that today was a holiday). He then sugested that I went to Wat Intharawihan to take a look at the big Budha because that temple was open for everyone and free. Then I could come back at 1pm and look at the temple.

The elephants outside the Royal Grand Palace.
He sugested that I could go by tuk tuk which would cost me 20 THB for a return ride.

sounded okay so when he offered to find a tuk tuk I fell for it. Well I went onboard and he did take me to the temple, and I had a look around. It was quite interesting and  felt quite content about the deal I made. But when I thought that now I had seen what I wanted to see here, the backside of the deal. 

The tuk tuk driver stoped infront of a tailor shop and said that the thought I should have a look, I thought...Hmmm..well what the hell...so I went inside had a look, talked to the tailor, but declined to decide to buy anything just now...btw. an argument that was met with "Why? You are not buying the entire shop" (I allmost laughed and had to fight to keep looking serious, this type of reasoning is hillarious to me), so inspite of great entertainment value I walked out and sat in the tuk tuk.

The area around the Royal Grand Palace.
I told him that I wanted him to drop me off at Democracy Monument and then I'd make my own way back to the temple. He started driving and then stoped outside one more place. Now I started getting angry and told him that I did not want to buy anything, I just wanted to go to Democracy Monument, I had allready finished my shoping for this trip!

He did not see the reason why and said that since I have "free gasoline" there's no reason not to go around and have a look". I gave up on being reasonable with him, decided to go in, go out and if he did not take me either back to the palace or Democracy Monument then I'd just leave him and make my own way back.

This shop  was a jewlery shop, from which I made my way out by promising to return after I had picked up my credit card from the hotel.

Departement of defence in Bangkok.
But it was not easy....when I said "I dont buy jewllery at the first shop I walk into" she reasoned with "But you are in the right shop" .... YEAH RIGHT!, I thought.

So back in the tuk tuk I just said "Palace" sounding very angry....and by God this time he took me there.

But now I didn't really feel for visiting the palace...so instead I started walking around the palace, past the elephants, the departement of defence, and down to Chang Rongsi Bridge, where I flagged down a taxi and asked him to take me to River City. I wanted to have lunch here and found a nice restaurant on the second floor overlooking Chao Phraya.

While at lunch I decided that I wanted to check out which boat rides was available today, and went downstairs. First to have a cup of coffee at the coffeshop downstairs and then I went to the river boat pier to see where those boats was for - but they onley went across the river.

Chang Rongsi Bridge.
..it was not exactly what I was looking for. Then at the tourist info point right next to River City I noticed a warning against the exact scam at the Royal Grand Palace that I had just been exposed to.....thinking "you are so stupied" while I was reading it.

Well next on my search for an interesting boatride I went to River Citys tourist boat booth and looked at the schedule. There was one thing that apealed to me. You could privately charter a long tail boat to take you along the Khlongs (Channels) of Chao Phraya. That could be interesting and after checking the price (800 THB/hour) I decided that this was something I had to do.

So 15 min. later I was onboard my first longtail boat and it was really a fun experience. Theese boats are fast and they slash and shake on the water.

Chao Phraya from River City Pier

I was very suprised to see this acctually living area along the Khlong where the houses acctually was all down to the water...makeing swiming and sailing the pathway to the neighbours. Also that this looks like an area where rich and poor lives side by side astonished me a lot, because my impression about asia has allways been that rich people does not socialise wth poor people.

The ride was definately one of the most interesting experiences I had in Bangkok.

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The big Budha at the Wat Intharawi…
The big Budha at the Wat Intharaw…
The elephants outside the Royal Gr…
The elephants outside the Royal G…
The area around the Royal Grand Pa…
The area around the Royal Grand P…
Departement of defence in Bangkok.
Departement of defence in Bangkok.
Chang Rongsi Bridge.
Chang Rongsi Bridge.
Chao Phraya from River City Pier
Chao Phraya from River City Pier
Me infront of the Hilton Millenium.
Me infront of the Hilton Millenium.
Me on my first longtail boat ride.
Me on my first longtail boat ride.
this is what a longtail boat looks…
this is what a longtail boat look…
Chao Phraya
Chao Phraya
Chao Phraya
Chao Phraya
Chao Phraya
Chao Phraya
Wat Arun seen from the Chao Phraya…
Wat Arun seen from the Chao Phray…
Moveing down the khlongs.
Moveing down the khlongs.
moveing down the khlongs.
moveing down the khlongs.
moveing down the khlongs.
moveing down the khlongs.
moveing down the khlongs.
moveing down the khlongs.
moveing down the khlongs.
moveing down the khlongs.
moveing down the khlongs
moveing down the khlongs
Bangkok Sights & Attractions review
Impressive monument!
This 32 meter high Budha monument which is located at the Wat Inthrawihan temple at the northern edge of Banglamphu, is an impressive experience. … read entire review
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