Just some of the things to buy in China town Bangkok
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Thailand #4 – Bangkok – as a whole

Wow, how to describe Bangkok… Organized chaos. From the taxi line up at the airport where we had to fight with the taxi driver to put his meter on  to the hundreds of power lines duct taped together to the buckets of alcohol offered to tourists to the Thai masseuses offering you their services on most corner to the copious amounts of street food offered everywhere.

Bangkok is a city for all your senses. You have to keep an eye out for traffic, people, smog, flying giant bugs and general disarray of everything around you.

In this place I saw a rat attack a tourist. (the tourist proceeded to kick the rat across the road and it just came back to get more pad Thai) So persistent was this rat that I left my pad Thai for it. (Not really  I left it for the hundreds of cockroaches swarming the street.)

In regards to general tips in Bangkok… do what most guidebooks tell you… but then just wander around and get lost in the chaos. Just wondering around we discovered small mosques where the city sounds were drowned out by the tweeting of birds (not modern Thai people going on twitter 😉 )

Khaosan road was an amazing experience in itself (a whole blog post will be dedicated to my two nights there)

My tips on Bangkok:

–          China town (Ladies this is where to buy amazing jewelry for SUPER cheap and get compliments about it every time you  wear it when you return home)

–          Khaosan Road

–          King’s Palace: WARNING: COVER your shoulders, and wear LONG pants/skirts other WARNING: Don’t go when it’s +40 degrees Celsius cause you will want to die

–          Boat ride around the ca

nals (floating market)

–          EAT! EAT! EAT!

–          Lying Buddha, emerald Buddha

–          Really cool shopping mall district

–          TUK TUK rides (though they are more expensive then the sky train or even a taxi – you can negotiate a good rate with the driver PLUS it’s an experience all on it’s own) There were many times during these rides I contemplated on what would happen to my body if I died in Bangkok (morbid I know) BUT it was the best “rollercoaster” I’ve been on so far in my life! WARNING: enter at your own risk WARNING: they drive on the left side in Thailand

Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Thai Soldier
Thai Soldier
Lion! Rawr!
Lion! Rawr!
Amazing
Amazing
Grand Palace
Grand Palace
Grand Palace Fun in +40 degree weather!
Grand Palace Fun in +40 degree weather!
Amazing
Amazing

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Plus 40... super hot but ready for site seeing!
Plus 40… super hot but ready for site seeing!
Colourful Cabs in a traffic jam...
Colourful Cabs in a traffic jam…
Changing for my first Thail massage! AWESOME!
Changing for my first Thail massage! AWESOME!
Zebras?? really?
Zebras?? really?
Random figurines in Thailand...
Random figurines in Thailand…
Random street in China town... look at the telephone/power lines...
Random street in China town… look at the telephone/power lines…
Invest in a good map :)
Invest in a good map 🙂
tuk tuk ride :)
tuk tuk ride 🙂
Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)
Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit)
just outside a temple...
just outside a temple…
Walking down a side street in Bangkok... amongst the chaos... peace...
Walking down a side street in Bangkok… amongst the chaos… peace…
Didn't try it as it was closed... but mmmmm... steak drink...
Didn’t try it as it was closed… but mmmmm… steak drink…
Tight fit... shop owners had to move back their merchandise...
Tight fit… shop owners had to move back their merchandise…
Just some of the things to buy in China town Bangkok
Just some of the things to buy in China town Bangkok
Poverty can be seen everywhere... within the city... along the river...
Poverty can be seen everywhere… within the city… along the river…
Our boat driver was pretty amazing :) It helped that we offered him a nice cold beer at the beginning :)
Our boat driver was pretty amazing 🙂 It helped that we offered him a nice cold beer at the beginning 🙂
The front of the boats were decorated for good luck
The front of the boats were decorated for good luck
Elephants and a Tuk tuk...
Elephants and a Tuk tuk…
Hand made flower/palm tree thingies as decorations in a temple
Hand made flower/palm tree thingies as decorations in a temple
Try to figure out the signs on the map...
Try to figure out the signs on the map…
First hotel... yes that's a shower above the toilet... what's your point?
First hotel… yes that’s a shower above the toilet… what’s your point?
Taxi chaos outside the airport
Taxi chaos outside the airport
Sleeping Monk... or maybe he's meditating?
Sleeping Monk… or maybe he’s meditating?
Happy, cold breeze, new sights, beer in hand... what could be better?
Happy, cold breeze, new sights, beer in hand… what could be better?
New Hat! I recommend sun screen and hats for Thailand!!
New Hat! I recommend sun screen and hats for Thailand!!
Boat fun!
Boat fun!
Temple, clear blue sky and friends
Temple, clear blue sky and friends

 

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