Grand Palace or bust
Trip Start Mar 13, 2008
22Trip End Apr 03, 2008
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I took a long tail book on the Chao Phraya River which was really interesting. Because my taxi driver dropped me at the wrong dock, I missed out on the tourist book with the english speaking guide but it was fun nonetheless. The boat dropped me off at the dock nearest the Grand Palace which is HUGE. Once inside, I paid the entry fee (less than $2 USD!) and procurred myself a guide. My guide took me (and me alone) all through the Palace and explained the history of it along the way
It took almost 3 hours to go through all of the Grand Palace. I was really tired from the heat afterwards (it reached 98 degrees today). I wanted to just take a taxi back to my guest house and relax for a minute but I'd spent all my money at the Grand Palace and the boat ride over. So instead I headed out in search of an ATM, which are everywhere so I wasn't worried. I found an ATM and was approached by a tuk-tuk driver which isn't unusual. Until then, I had managed to forego the tuk-tuk's because all the guidebook say they are horrible, they overcharge farang (foreigners), they're dangerous, etc. But, last night I met a woman from Virginia who had a GREAT experience with a tuk-tuk. He took her anywhere she wanted for 70 Baht (just over $2 USD) an hour and she got to see all the wats (temples) in town and didn't have the blisters that I had from walking. So, with this in mind I got in the tuk-tuk. Of course, I ended up with the driver described in the guidebooks, the one who just wanted to scam me. See, he said he'd take me wherever I wanted for 40 Baht (just over $1 USD) per hour. I named some wats I wanted to see and he said "yeah, sure, ok". Off we went and everything was fine at first
I made my way to the skytrain and went back to the weekend market to get a souvenior for my mom. Tomorrow I have to go to the post office and mail it to her, I hope it makes it in tact.
On the way home from the market, I had dinner and passed through the area where the Patpong Night Market was happening
Everything is so different here but I'm really enjoying myself. I'm deciding what I'm doing next for sure as I might change my iteniary a little... who knows, maybe I'll make it out to the Patpong Night Market afterall. They say Bangkok doesn't sleep and so far I'd agree! It's nuts!
The last thing I'd like to mention is the state of my body.... I STINK. I smell worse than I've ever smelled in my entire life. I didn't know I could smell this bad. Let me explain, it's the heat. I literally have sweat rolling off me as soon as I walk outside. And what kills me is that the Thais don't sweat - ever! They never sweat and they never stink! And there I am, all red and sweaty and stinky!!! Most people already know this but I'm not a fan of showers. I mean, I don't take them excessively. I take them when I go to work but on the weekends, I have to be going somewhere in order to take one! The reason I mention this is because I took 3 showers today, yes 3. One in the morning, one in the afternoon and one tonight. This is a first for me. Every shower I've taken in Bangkok has only consisted of cold water - by choice. This evening, my cold only shower wasn't even cold enough! Sometimes I think I'm going to pass out from the heat but then I think of Richard Simmons and how he always talks about "sweatin off the pounds" and I just keep on trugging along! ha ha