Last day in the City of Angels

Trip Start Feb 08, 2010
Trip End Apr 07, 2010

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Our last day in Bangkok was another busy one, as is this city itself. Today we went to the real Wat Pho; the one that we visited the previous day was actually Wat Traimit, near Chinatown.

Our breakfast was in a tiny restaurant across the street from the temple. We had rice with tumeric and 8 herbs; Maija's was vegetarian and Maurice had chicken and egg. Delicious!

At Wat Pho we saw the actual Reclining Buddha which is phenomenal. The size of this statue is 46 meters long by 15 metres high and is gold plated. The feet are engraved with mother of pearl.

The grounds of Wat Pho have more than 1000 Buddhas and cover about 20 acres. This is the home of the first massage school in Thailand, which continues to offer classes. One may also have a massage there. Maija considered it but several reviewers commented that it was quite a workout and not gentle, so she opted to have one later in the day instead, at a spa. Wat Pho is the oldest temple in Thailand and it has a history of medical education. It is next door to the Grand Palace.

We walked a few streets and ended up at the market; lots of smells, some not so pleasant, with fresh vegetables and alot of vehicles and people. The flower market nearby had several plants not normally seen at home; bird of paradise, lotus and orchids in various colours.

Before returning to the hotel, we stopped at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel for a drink on the outside verandah overlooking the Chao Phraya river. It was quite posh and and we enjoyed living the life of the rich for an hour.

Afterwards, Maurice dropped Maija off for her last foot massage in Bangkok, this time in a spa. The price was more than previously, but for 300 Baht it was still very affordable. Each massage has been different but relaxing and enjoyable, like a form of meditation. The masseurs have all used reflexology and traditional Thai massage techniques and each time ended with a combination of neck, back, head or arm massage.

One more dinner here in Bangkok and tomorrow we leave with Bangkok Air to fly to Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand.

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Denis on

I hope you've been taking notes on foot massage techniques Maurice because now that you're leaving the big city it looks like it'll be up to you to provide the foot services. Enjoy the next leg of your journey.

Mara on

Sounds like you two had a magnificent first week of your Great Escape - even Maurice is smiling in a picture !!! Now on to more adventures. Enjoy!!! ME & PH

maitribe on

Non Denis luckily they have massage places in Chiang
Mai. We are at the airport in the boutique lounge. Very nice,
free sandwich and drinks and Wifi. Having fun with skyping
Mom and Jack

maitribe on

We have really enjoyed our visit in Bangkok. I don't think 7
days is too long. But now it's time to move on; looking
forward to Chiang Mai.

Jens on

Nice to follow your trip. Wish I was there. Wat Pho is where Chan learned to massage. Yes it´s quite a workout.

maitribe on

Well Maija is getting better at enduring these massages!!!!

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