Day 2 in Bangkok
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After a good nights sleep it was up early for a 7am start. We had a great filling breakfast in the executive lounge and headed back to the room for the essentials for the day, camera, glasses, money and off we went.
Our guide from Tong tours, Nat, met us at the Hotel prompt at 7.30am and after some introductions and smiles our private car headed into central Bangkok. On the list today of which there was lots inlcuded
China Town, Flower market and fish markets
Jim Thompsons House
Weekend Market - Chatuchak
We headed off into China town early to capture the vibe of this area and walk aimlessly through the streets, again the smells and noises from this seciton of the city were amazing and such a vibe exisited there.
We headed on into the city further and the traffic began to accumulate from every side road, street and anywhere a car could appear from or fit down a gap. The tuk tuks made their presence felt with the noise of the little GAS engine shouting out for attention.
The grand palace was heaving with tourists from every corner of the planet, a real focal point of the city where the paths are constantly smoothered with people and thai people seeing this as the ideal opportunity to sell umbrellas, ice cream and postcards. Thai hat (even some vietnam hats) were on sale and I think the tourists were confused of which hat was which. After donning some local thai trousers as a mark of respect we set off around the palace and gazed endlessly at what the palace offers.
The Grand Palace was amazing full of colur statues and gold. What a place. Our guide took us through the history and the reason the statues surround the palace and the stories encripted on the walls of the palace.
During our time in Bangkok the Kings sister had died and there were many funeral arrnagements and processions on and being announced (It was on almost every channel and telly out there).
After some lunch on packpackers street, which cost around £2 for a mass of food and a drink we headed onto the Temples to see the reclining budda statue and the various What Temples centred around the Grand Palace area.
What arun the water temple was on the other side of the river and gave a good view of this from the river ferry terminal. The temple was packed and the river was rather choppy today as well.
During our trip to what trimit, the local school girls were dnacing with their teachers in the courtyard learning the very complex and strict dance routine. After watching these I was amazed at the level of detail and co-ordination and the fact if they were a foot or so out of place, their teacher would grill them as if they had just murdered the king out there. Suppose this is the only way to gain perfection.
These small sights of the locals at work and how they go about their lives really gives you the insight into the Thai life.
After this we headed on down to Jim Thompsons house for a guided tour of the place and the structural history of why and where and how this place developed and came so famous. The way this place was built with high ceiling for ventilation and orientated to the local river for access and air cirulation is impressive given how long this place has been there.
The afternoon was closing in and we asked our guide if we could sample the weekend market. Our guide Nat although looking tired from a busy day already of walking and talking duly obliged and we headed up by Taxi. releasing my zest for local people and connecting into their way of living the guide asked if we wanted to find our own way home to the Hotel from the market. This was a great idea as we used the skytrain to get back to the Marriot.
After some god bargins to be found at the weekend market (this place is a must for female shoppers) and some good transalting for us by our guide we headed up to the skytrain station 'Mochit' and headed back down towards Sukhumvit road. We jumped off at Phrom Phong station for a five minute walk back to the hotel.
After some long showers in the hotel and a 'spruce' up, we set off again at Night to explore the city and find somewhere to eat.
Another eary start awaited us in the morning as we had planned in to visit the River Kwai in the Kanchanaburi Province of Thailand. This was to be another amazing day of travelling and sightseeing.