Like A Bridge Over Troubled Water
Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 8 of 25 › view all entries
November 11th, 2008 – by: msparro
I started off on the Khao San Road, which is very popular with back packers. It's often the first stop for people who need somewhere cheap to stay and so there are lots of hostels, bars and street market shops along the road. I managed to book myself a trip to see the River Kwai for the next day and it was one third of the price that I'd found in other travel agents! Yay! From there I wandered down past the grand palace, but I couldn't go in as there are a few problems out here at the moment with people who are against the government.
There are lots and lots of temples (known as Wats) in Bangkok so you can't go for 100 metres without seeing one. I took a few snaps of some of the nicer looking ones and then headed home for my cousin Bluebell's football training.
Yesterday I headed out off on a tour of the River Kwai and it's surrounding area. The river is near the border of Thailand and Burma (formerly Myanmar) and was a key route during the second world war.
I took a walk over the bridge, which is pretty precarious as there are large holes that are easy to fall down if you lose your balance, and then took at ride on the train down into the jungle area. Whilst at the station I bumped into a few Buddhist monks and managed to get a picture of them. Thailand's national religion is Buddhism and is one of the most Buddhist countries in the world. They also refer to people by their title and first name, so I would be Mr Mark, which is amusing.
One of the nice things about traveling on your own is that you meet lots of people who are also travelling. I met a German man called Eric as well as two girls from Brisbane, one from Germany and one from Holland. Maybe I'll meet up with the ones from Brisbane when I am out there next month and they can show me around - that would be handy wouldn't it.
My elephant count is up to 11 and I expect to see a few more before I move on to Penang on Friday.
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