Treated like a VIP
Nakhon Pathom Travel Blog› entry 21 of 22 › view all entries
November 7th, 2008 – by: bcbusdriver
Nat had come with one of her friends (cant remember her name, sorry) and her her family's van, which comes with it's own driver.
We drove for some time and we arrived at one of the nicer temples I have been in, Phra Pathom Chedi. This location has been a holy sight for Thai Buddhists since the 4th century and this temple was completed in 1870. Unlike some of the other Wats I have been to this one seemed to have very few tourists and was full of Thais there to worship. We spent some time here and had a nice lunch Benny was able to worship and write some good luck notes on some papers for her and me.
Back into the van for some much needed air con and off to another place, Sanam Chandra Palace. Nat chose another great place. We ended up at a park that I guess was a very old home of one of the previous Kings. To get there we drove down a narrow lane and parked near a big white wall. From the van it looked not that great but I was wrong. The palace was built in the early part of the 1900's and belonged to King King Vijiravudh (Rama VI).
Once inside we rented (meaning I paid for) a golf cart to get around this large park.
After the palace it was back into our private van and off to one of the floating markets. Normally this is done is the morning so we just checked out one of the markets on the riverside and found a place for dinner. By this point we were quite tired so we found a table right on the river and ordered several Thai dishes to share. At times like this it is great to have Thais around to order and pick all the good food.
Almost as soon as we sat down the skies opened up and the rain pounded down. Good this our cafe had a good roof. I enjoyed watching the many small and large boats travel along the river. I noticed some of the other dinners throwing bread into the water and realized they were feeding some fish.
After a good meal it was time to head back into the city. We split ways for a short time, so we could rest and clean up, before meeting up again at a beer garden. This beer garden was just outside one the Bangkok's high end shopping centres and had several stages for music. For a few hours we watched Thais trying to sing American Hip Hop and Rock without much success but with plenty of energy.
after a while it was time to head back to the hotel. I was very tired but very happy. I got to see a lot of Thai culture today and was treated very well by Nat. I now add Nat as one of my best overseas friends. I am even trying to convince Nat to help me with a business venture in Thailand. Hint hint Nat.
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