Trip Start Dec 20, 2008
Trip End Sep 12, 2009

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Oh Thailand... how we love you....

Spent a few great days in Bangkok. Lots of ppl that we have talked to told us to get out of the big city as soon as possible but we didn't mind it at all. Its definately hot, humid and muggy but interesting thats for sure. We checked out the grand palace which was spectacular. The whole grounds are immaculate with so much detail in the buildings. Millions of tiny pieces of tile and gold leaf covering every inch of the place. There were many details to look at that its almost too much. In the same complex was the Emerald Buddha. Its a buddha carved out of jade and was initially found in the 1400's before being brought to bangkok in the 1700's. Its housed in this large temple where worshipers still come daily, along with the trong of tourists.

Next we walked to Wat Pho, or the reclining Buddha. The highly impressive gold plated reclining Buddha is 46 meters long and 15 meters high. The feet and the eyes are engraved with mother-of-pear and the feet also show the 108 auspicious characteristics of the true Buddha.

River transportation is a popular way to get around for the locals as well as tourists. Its so easy too, just pay 13 baht, or 40 cents and just hop on and off. It makes for an interesting perspective of the city as well. People are fishing out of the brown murky water, swimming in it, bathing in it, dumping who knows what in it.... just dont let the water splash you, thats all i can say.

We went to the large weekend market, or the Chatuchat (sp?) market on Saturday.. WOW.. with over 10 000 stalls you can pick up whatever you can possibly think. pretty impressive!
We treated ourselves to our first taste of thai massage... it was great... good way to take a break from the heat and chaos of the place.

On our way to find a place for breakfast, on our last day in Bangkok, we walked past a man crouched down on the side walk fiddling around with a trap. At a closer look, we realized he had a small trap with a rat caught inside it. He was trying to get it into a plastic bag. Before we could even look away he was killing the thing with a stick... and probably going to be selling it as "street meat", literally, that night for dinner. It was disgusting and funny at the same time because thats just what happens i guess.... note to self.... don't eat the meat off of the street if it looks like rat.

Yesterday we took our first overnight bus in Thailand and it was to be expected, uncomfortable, hot and cheap. We drove south to a small town before getting on a 3 hr boat ride to the island of Koh Tao. The tiredness and stress from the journey instantly went away as soon as we arrived to the beautiful island. We found a cheap bungalow right across from the beach and went for a swim. The water is so clear and warm, you can just float and bob for hours.

The island is pretty similar to the Gili islands that we were on in Indonesia with my parents except bigger. The biggest worry you have is to figure out what and where you will eat your next meal.

Koh Tao is famous for the diving in the area. So once we have a few days to relax we will do some dives together with a guide.

Anyways, Happy Fathers Day to our Dad's! Love you!

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