Down Early, Up Earlier
Bangkok Travel Blog› entry 3 of 12 › view all entries
August 14th, 2006 – by: RainyDayToast
It was some relief that she spoke fantastic English. The hotel staff, although good, did struggle a bit at times. Nok had studied in Australia for 2 years which made it quite easy to understand her. If anyone is interested - I would highly reccommend her services, she is an independant guide, who will show you around the city of Bangkok (or anywhere else you like as long as you pay her travel expenses - which is by far worth it!!).
But anyway... getting back to it ;)
We met Nok and we went and saw the Grand Palace (a must), Wat Po, Wat Arun and then to finish off we went to the shopping mall MBK.
Wat Po (The reclining Buddha) - Awesome. Pictures don't really do much for the temples to be honest. Even though some of them just look fancinating, they look so much more when you're standing right there.
Grand Palace and Wat Pakew Well... what can I say? A definite must. Go early though, this was our first stop and we didn need to wait a bit to get in, but it was worth it for sure. LOTS of Chinese tourists. To be honest and ignorant I never used to be able to tell the difference between other Asian nationalities but I surely can now. Nok told us that the Thai's had to restrict the temples sights in someways as the Chinese tourists are very disrespectful and touch everything.
Wat Arun We then went to Wat Arun which across the river (which is so disgusting with rubbish in it). We had to run through these markets with dried fish (smelt really horrible) and it was rather exciting... I think Nok told us to run through because of the smell, but either way - we were all running through these markets! We hen got to the small ticket office to get on a boat to the other side. I can't remember how much it was, but it was a very very small fare, and we didn't have small change so if you're going, take something small as they can't break notes! This was out first day and that's all we had, so Nok paid and we just paid her back.
MBK HUGE! 7 storeys. Not really what I would call a typical mall, especially anything above the first floor! We did get a little lost at times, but it was nice to have a look around. Most prices seem set, and everything is more or less set out as a huge market.
Verdict for the Day: Seriously, get a guide for your first few days here. I think it's really worth it. Especially for youngins such as ourselves who were uneasy about the overpopulated city and how to get around. We used taxis as they are usually all metered rather than Tuk Tuks who actually we found charge more. On average we paid about 40-50 BHT per ride and the most we paid was about 120 BHT but that was a LONG ride and we were often stuck in traffic, and I would say we were in that taxi for at least 45 mins!
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