A crazy first day

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Banging the gong at the Golden mount

We awoke early the next morning full of vip and vigor ready to tackle Bangkok and its sites.  And we did.  Jeff and I have decided that we have amassed some intensely good karma, which is unfolding on this trip.  Fantastic flights, finding bugs immediately and then..... striking gold!  We had left our hotel and had walked maybe 5 blocks when we had stopped at a corner to cross a street (which is an unbelievably hazardous undertaking).  A Thai women next to us said hello and asked us where we were from.  We said America and immediately tensed up waiting for her to try to sell us something.  But she didn't!  After making fun of us for being the shortest Americans she'd ever seen (ouch!) she asked if we knew that it was a big buddha day and there was a tourist promotion going on.

Paying our respects
  For 10 B (25 cents) a tuk tuk would take us all over town and wait for us at each location.  She flagged down a tuk tuk and told us her suggestions for a full day of sight-seeing.  We tried to give her some money for helping us out, but she refused it and said all she wanted was for us to go home and tell other Americans that Thailand was a great country and that Thai people were really friendly!  There you go, promise kept!

First stop was the sitting buddha temple.  We walked into the complex and right into another Thai guy.  Same thing- he asked where we were from and told us he was the English teacher at the next door school.  He made sure that we knew about the tourist promotion and then took us into the temple and showed us how to look like we knew what we were doing.

Grand Palace- a photographers dream
  You get on your knees and fold your hands like you're praying in front of your face, then put your hands on the floor and bow with your forehead on the ground, three times.  Then you ask for a wish then you bow three times again.  After some photos and thanks, we headed off to the second stop...

The Golden Mount!  It was an incredible shrine on top of a man-made(?) hill that had this huge golden chedi on top and overlooked the entire city.  There were bells and chimes and gongs everywhere to ring (to get the buddha's attention?)  You have to wakl through a jungle-like path to get up there with hidden shrines and tubs of water lillies and frogs, as well as two dogs in a very awkward position (lets just say I thought that one dog's tail was stuck inside the other dog!!!)

On to the next place- another "promotion"  who knows if this actually was, but oh well, we decided that going with the flow had been pretty good to us so far.

Photo contest, much?
  They took us to a wholesale custom clothing place, that because of the tourist promotion was opening to the public and duty free.  We didn't need any suits, but Jeff is having a custom winter coat- good-bye homeless coat! with grey cashmere wool and bright blue silk lining made.  It was my wedding present to him- I wonder what I can find for myself....

Next we were getting a bit hungry, so we asked our tuk tuk driver to find us a place to eat.  He stopped at a little roadside stand he said was very good.  While we were waiting for our shrimp and veggie stirfry (so-so) we saw another cart with pieces of meat on skewers.  One was a huge squid marinated in some sauce.  We jumped at it.  He barbecued it over some coals, cut it up and put it in a bag filled with some chopped peppers.

Bangkok skyline from the golden mount
  This was the best thing we've had so far.  Definitely Thai hot (or what we thought it would be).  We went through an entire nalgeen of water and our mouths were still on fire, but absolutely delicious!!!!  For only $3- pretty expensive!!!  After a 10 cent sticky bun, we got back into the tuk tuk, full and ready to continue!!!

Next up:  Standing buddha.  A 45 foot golden buddha.  Gorgeous, lots of monks, stray dogs and cats and flower stands to buy garlands to put at the Buddha's feet (since it was a holiday).  Finally off to the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha.  There are no words to describe how incredibly beautiful and ornate all of the temples were.  It was a photographers dream.

Yikes! Scary
  We also had to rent some really wacky saris/baggy pants since shorts were not allowed!!! Hopefully we'll get some pictures up ASAP, because a description would not do it justice.

Exhausted we limped back to the hotel, tired, yet not tired enough to have a beer and a dip in the pool since we've been covered in sweat every minute of every day.  Nothing like 100 degrees with 100% humidity.  We go up to our room to get changed back into clothes for dinner, and fall asleep (at 7pm) and we woke up at 5:30 this morning.  I guess that's where our jet lag was hiding!!!

All in all incredible first day!

Primeria says:
I don't want to break the perfection of your honeymoon, but that thing with the buddha day is actually a swindle. It's all about a big organization that tries people to trust them, so they can sale custom clothes for very expansive prices. My brother self had the experience this summer to buy there they're expansive clothes. Buddha day does exist, but it is in may.
How ever, it doesn't mean that the clothes you have bought there are bad quality, only that you could have bought it much cheaper in an other shop.
Posted on: Jan 17, 2010
wade5000 says:
What a cool honeymoon! :D
Posted on: Jul 19, 2009
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Banging the gong at the Golden mou…
Banging the gong at the Golden mo…
Paying our respects
Paying our respects
Grand Palace- a photographers dream
Grand Palace- a photographers dream
Photo contest, much?
Photo contest, much?
Bangkok skyline from the golden mo…
Bangkok skyline from the golden m…
Yikes! Scary
Yikes! Scary
At the grand Palace
At the grand Palace
The real emerald buddha!!!
The real emerald buddha!!!
raarrrr!!
raarrrr!!
Best meal yet- charcoal squid with…
Best meal yet- charcoal squid wit…
Golden Mount
Golden Mount
On the Grand Palace compound
On the Grand Palace compound
Measuring up to the Standing buddha
Measuring up to the Standing buddha
Giving alms
Giving alms
Temple spires from the Grand Palace
Temple spires from the Grand Palace
dragon eagle things everywhere!!!
dragon eagle things everywhere!!!
I love gold!!!
I love gold!!!
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