The Centric Ratchada
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... some street food which was strategically lined along the massive queue for the river taxi, so our lunch consisted of deep fried bananas and sweet potato... healthy yuh. Seriously cheap though, 40p each for a big bag full. We can't actually remember what we did for the rest of the day... but it definitely ended with us eating dinner at one of the food courts. We have been on a mission to try them all!
On the day after, instead ...
After a long gruelling, sleepless, 24 hour journey we finally landed in Bangkok!
Originally thinking "the climate isn't actually that different", we then walked out of the air conditioned airport to be greeted with a slap round the face from 31*c heat! nice!
Our taxi driver, Tik (not to be mistaken for dick as we were reassured)who ...
Bangkok is sweaty. Today we got up fairly early (about half eight, can you believe it!) and got ready to head down the river to go see the temples and sample some of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. We got the hotel's shuttle boat across to the main pier and then got on the Chao Phraya Express boat down to near the grand palace. En route we passed loads of really amazing looking buildings, and the amount of activity going on just on the river was ...
... to have picked up. After the boat trip we made the short walk to Wat Po, one of the largest temples in Bangkok. PC who is a practicing Buddhist was able to give us an invaluable insight into the Buddhist religion and the role of the monk in the religion. After Wat Po we took a bus back to the hotel. In the afternoon, Martyn and I took a Tuk Tuk and went to MBK shopping centre to pick up a few ...
... entice you then I would have been a sucker. However I really, really wanted to go in one just to experience it. So when the 175th tuk-tuk man tried to tell me the grand palace was closed (even though I'd been by it and low and behold it was open, ALL DAY) and tried to up sell all these wonderful places to me, I gave him my attention. He tried to give me a price and I bargained him down to 20 baht, just for a one time experience, while in Bangkok, you know? Now if you're unfamiliar ...