Morning Mangosteen and Temple Time!
Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 4 of 14 › view all entries
July 27th, 2008 – by: aerynn
Good morning to my sleeping cubicle, and good morning to Bangkok! I just watched a guy pull a coke out of the trash and drink the rest. I'll write more later--Adam just returned from an outing with mangosteen and taro things. Yeah, breakfast! I think I like the mangosteen.
Afternoon, Grand Palace Temple
I walked all over the Grand Palace Temple. Went to a couple of other temples. I really liked the Emerald Buddha best.
To go into the temples, I had to wear long pants and sleeves, which was extremely warm. That aspect made the day rather exhausting, combined with hardly having had any sleep the night before. But it was nice to cruise around on my own while Adam was sleeping during the day.
I wanted to do *something* a bit touristy and cultural while in Bangkok, and Adam sent me off in the direction of the temple before passing out after his night on the town. The architecture was of course amazing, and I had a grand time with my camera.
There were so very many tourists, I don't know how the monks could be so patient! Some tourists were getting right up to their faces and taking pictures of them without asking.
After my Grand Palace Temple experience, I was walking back toward Khao San, I think, and i was offered a tuk tuk tour of 3 temples for 10 Baht. This seems ridiculously cheap, so I figured it was a scam. However, what the hell? The woman seemed nice, and promised to bring me back to this exact spot.
I was right, and after the first 2 temples, she wanted to take me to a jewelry trading company. I said no, and reminded her that she told me she would bring me back. She took me to the store anyway, and said that she would receive a free gas coupon, even if i didn't buy anything. All I had to do was walk inside and look around for a few minutes and then come back out.
She offered another temple after my exciting jewelry glance, but I was over it, and asked her to just take me back to where she found me, or to Khao San Road. She took me back to Khao San, and I gave her some money.
A wonderful falafel stand was right by me, so I indulged. I had been so scared to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, even when Adam told me it was okay.
But I couldn't resist the cucumber topping for my falafel!
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