Grand Palace

Trip Start Jul 07, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Thailand  , Bangkok,
Monday, July 11, 2011

After another great pad thai lunch at a local cafe we headed off to the Grand Palace. i assumed that it would be open till at least 5pm, so was planning to go later in the day, once the heat had worn off, but then read that it shut at three thirty,so panicked and decided to drag us there in the blazing 'mad dogs and english men' time of 1. i'm clever like that.

After another fun tuk tuk journey, we arrived and are immediatly accosted by a woman with a sign telling us our clothes are not appropriate. i had read that we had to be modestly dressed in order to enter and that we would have to hire some covering clothes when we go there,but did not realise that the official place was inside the gates. to be honest it didnt make a difference where we rented the clothes from in tems of money, BUT, the clothes people were renting from inside were all plain and subtle.

the thai women with the sign dressed me up as a banana. i am not a fan of the colour yellow at all. and i was dressed in top to toe flowery yellow garments. i become for an hour or so one of those travellers that i ranted about in my last blog. i looked a tit.was boiling hot. sweating. and couldnt help but wonder how many other people had worn and sweated in those clothes.

the grand palace was hot, shiny and crowded, and confusing. so we just wandered about aimlessly for a bit, not really knowing what we were seeing, i don't think either of us were coping with the heat very well, i think it was reflecting off all the shinyness and making us hotter.

i felt like i was in disney, as it was unreal, everything was just so ornate and intricate. i could have spent at least a day there taking photos of all the detail and beautiful statues and tiling. but i didn't, i spent instead, about an hour, sweating and squinting at things whilst dressed as a flowery banana.

i was a little dissapointed by the emerald buddha, i thought it would be big like all the others, but it was tiny. totally tiny. today i decided to go to the grand palace over wat pho, the temple with the HUGE reclining buddha, as i thought i would quite like to see a huge green buddha, i like green and turquoise things, so it was a bit of a let down. tiny.

we left the grand palace and jumped in a tuk tuk, then realised we had no idea what the grand palace is? oops,  i really am shit at sightseeing. i have googled it now, so will post some info for those who may be interested.

oh and mum, i found the fan shaped palm tree's you were talking about! took some snaps just for you. tonight will be spent just packing our bags and eating locally as we fly to Chaing Mai in the morning, really looking forward to Chaing Mai, want to do some horse riding, and adem is dying to ride some elephants!

Had a lovely evening, despite it not having rained today, so the humidity is just silly, we decided to revisit a lively street in the area we are staying in. we settled on some  street pad thai and were joined on our little road side stools by charlie, a sweet guy from South korea, who because our new best friend. not being the most social person i get a little over excited when i meet and talk to new people, so wanted to keep him in my rucksack, but he was off to cambodia, and we are off to chaing mai, where hopefully it is a little cooler?

also did one of my favourite things to do when in another country today, which is to buy random snacks from little supermarkets, so far i have not found anything i like, i had a drink that was like drinking pure sugar syrup mixed with acid. i thought it was iced tea. disgusting. 
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