The Capitol City

Trip Start Oct 05, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Merry V Guesthouse
O- Bangkok Guesthouse

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Monday, November 15, 2010

After being sick of all the rain, we decided to travel north to find some better weather. The next stop would be Bangkok. To get there we took a boat to Chumpon and a night train from there. We got to Bangkok without any problems and after getting us a place to sleep, we looked around a little. After looking in the lonely planet book, we decided that we wanted to go to the cinema. The cinema was located in the top floor of a huge shopping center called Siam Paragon. The shopping center was full of designer shops, and Renate had a hard time not bying anything:/ We saw a movie called "Due date", and it was really funny:)

When we were on our way down from the top floor we saw a poster with a shark, saying something about "Siam Ocean Park". This park was supposed to be in the basement of the shopping center and we decided to check it out. There were many aquariums filled with all kinds of cool fish and other underwater animals, in different colors, shapes and sizes. The best part was an underwater tunnel, that was under the biggest "aquarium" they had there. This was a huge pool filled with big sharks and sting rays, and it was really cool to see them swimming over our head:O We had a really good time there and got some pretty nice photos.

We thought that we had been to some cheap cities and eaten cheap food. Well, Bangkok proved us wrong. Almost everything could be found cheaper here- accommodation, food, clothes and of course some souveniers which we had already bought.

On our second day we did the "must-see" sightseeing. We visited perhaps the most popular tourist attraction in Thailand- The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew with the Emerald Buddha in it. We jumped in and out to many temples some of them bigger, some smaller. The ones that are worth of mentioning are- Wat Pho- temple witch holds an impressive statue of Reclining Buddha. With its 46 meters length and 15 meters height, it was almost too big for the temple. The other one was Wat Traimit with its 3 meters tall, 5,5- tonne, solid gold Buddha image. We also took a walking tour at the Chinatown, where we checked out the most famous sights.

One place what we wanted to visit was the famous Tiger Temple. We bought a day tour form a local travel agency. The tour also included a visit to the Floating Market.The market was located in an area where was extremely many canals. People sold their goods from boats and from the sides of canals. The best way to get around was, of course, with a boat. We had there some free time before heading to the Tiger Temple.

The Tiger Temple is a monastery where monks breed and grow tigers. There are about 30 of them. Tourists can get up close and personal and take pictures with the tigers. The tigers self were very calm and friendly- just like little bigger cats. There were also many other animals on the compound who roamed freely, waterbuffaloes, antilopes, pigs, deers and so on.

Tickets for 30 baht and a train to Ayuthaya.
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