Grand Mercure Bangkok Asoke Residence
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We didn't sleep great. The dogs barking outside, the light streaming through the window and there was one mosquito in the net which I was worried about. It bit me twice during the night. Chiang Rai isn't a high risk area but it is close to Laos border which is a high risk area for malaria. We are doing a whistle stop tour of the North as we don't have time unfortunately. We got really cheap flights through Air Asia so it's worth coming up to see bit we ...
... highly revered Thai monarchy. Next I took the short trip across the busy Chao Phraya river for just 3 baht(6p!) to Wat Arun. This Khmer style spire overlooking the river is covered in mosaic style tiles and protective demons. The spire is climbable(just) allowing views over the surrounding river area if you are willing to scale the incredibly steep and precarious steps. By this time I was ready to head back to my hostel and the amazingly satisfying air conditioning system. However I ...
... squirrels! According to the map of the market there was also an area for ‘cock fighting’(!), which we didn’t find. We wandered around the market until we could walk no more, having picked up a few keepsakes. Our initial plan was to spend Sunday exploring more of Bangkok itself before catching a sleeper train 12-hours north to Chiang Mai (Thailand’s second city) – alas, we got to the station on Saturday evening to book tickets and all ...
... meter. I gave him 600 (12 quid) he was very appreciative, he bowed (because he's probably heard of me), and I checked into the hotel. Staying in a hotel for the first few nights has its pro's and con's for starters I wanted to have a chilled shower and then relax, I don't know hostels but may not be possible. However the obvious downside is the extra expense and the fact that you are not sharing with people straight away. A lot harder ...
... Things we learned today about temples and etiquette: -shoes off, always -women have legs and shoulders covered (you'll notice Kate has a sweater on...that is for respect, not temp. Heat index was 104 degrees today). Should also note that a Thai guide helped Kate appropriately tie her wrap. Evidently she was it was tied too scandalously to (slit on side) to enter.. - point your feet away from Buddha - don't touch anyone's head (it's the holiest of places). And also don't put things ...