Lady boys, and little tops

Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
Trip End Sep 01, 2006

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Friday, December 2, 2005

Well we have arrived in Thailand, third country on the list and thank god it's warm again! The biggest shock when we arrived was it was 31 degrees at 7pm and everyone was walking around naked! Well not naked but compared to India and China they were and it took both Danny and I awhile to get used to seeing so much skin! Also we were not the only white people anymore which felt strange for a while too. We stayed off the infamous Khao San road for a few days which has loads of cafes selling milkshakes and pancakes, stalls selling cheap fake designer gear and THOUSANDS of travellers and bars open 24hrs. It feels more like being in Spain than half way around the world. It was great to meet other people and find out what they were doing and suggestions for places to go but after 4 or 5 days we were ready to leave.
We were both expecting Bangkok to be really hectic, from other peoples stories about the place, with touts everywhere, people trying to scam us all the time but it was no problem, all hassle pales in comparison to Delhi!
Bangkok seems somewhere in between India and China there are tuk tuk's everywhere and people trying to get you into shops and offering massages (some with extra, some not!)It is easier to communicate than in China and we are learning the basics of Thai but both of us keep saying the Chinese for 'Thank-you' and Hindu for 'no thank-you!' Is always a little strange getting used to a new place with new customs and culture - still that's half the fun!
We went to the Grand Palace and adjoining royal temple in Bangkok which was amazing and even made the Golden Temple look not that gold! The temple was opened in 1785 to mark the new Thai nation and capital after the Burmese invasion. The main building as well as all the surrounding ones are completely painted gold and covered in jewels, was very painful without sunglasses! Inside the largest building of the temple is the Emerald Buddha which is supposed to give good fortune and miracles to the owner. Not sure where the original Buddhist teaching about love, inner peace and helping the poor and massive extravagant expensive built by the not so rich temples merge but then again it's not the Vatican!
We also visited the National Museum which was good to give more of an understanding on Thai history and also has the most amazing royal funeral chariots which are beyond lavish and huge - would not fancy having to pull them along!
While in Bangkok we have also seen many of the world famous 'lady-boys' who are so pretty! Danny has been offered lady massages all extras included on lots of occasions and we have also tried the world famous Red Bull buckets - won't be trying those for a while or if we do only one and shared with many many people, they are lethal!
I hope you are all doing great and the cold is festive rather than depressing - I hear it may be a white X-mas, I almost wish I could be there to share it (almost!)
Take care everyone, write soon xx
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