Arrived in Bangkok - sights, sounds and smells of the city.
Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 7 of 39 › view all entries
July 29th, 2008 – by: kerryandandrei
KERRY- We arrived in style at the Marriott hotel resort and spa, which is the nicest hotel i have ever stayed in!! It was lovely - we were upgraded to a riverside view and were also treated to a fruit basket and cake wishing us happy honeymoon! We were also told we could have access to the free drinks and canapes each day in the Club Lounge as Andrei had so many Marriott points.
We spent the next couple of days taking in the sights and smells of the city! It is really really hot here - much hotter than Sri Lanka was! We organised our visas for the rest of our trip into Vietman, Laos and Cambodia and found out we have to stay here till next Tues. We had hoped to get up North quickert than that, but no such luck! so we decided to book on a 2 day tour to Kanchanaburi -where the River Kwai is as well as stay on a raft lodge for the night.
We visited Jim Thompsons house (an American who came to Thailand and set up his own silk emporium) took a boat trip down the river and checked out the shopping district, where we will stock up on goodies when we return to Bangkok in a few weeks to go home! The shopping area - Siam Sq really reminded me of Tokyo, it is very developed and westernised.
We also went to see the Grand Palace - although despite our efforts to get there first thing in the morning to avoid lots of the crowds we ended up arriving at Lunch time and at the height of the heat of the day! This was thanks to 2 'informative' Thai men who told is the palace was closed until 1pm everyday and so then thought we should take a tuk tuk to see 2 other temples and then come back - obvioustly taking in a shopping store on the way to get some commission and petrol coupons ! This is a common scam in bangkok and becomes very tiresome. We told our driver we did not want to go, which he did not like and so drove of leaving us at one temple.
the Grand Palace was great though and well worth seeing, so we were glad we made it there in the end!
We have also been enjoying the street food, which is so cheap and very tasty, and so far pretty safe!
We treated ourselves to one day of lazing around our luxurious hotel before leaving the hotel on Saturday to check into a guest house near the famous backpacker strip that is the Khoasan Road. We were bought down to earth with a bump- a fan in the room and no added extras or luxuries! Oh well..... we will survive!
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