Wat Pho and Grand Palace

Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
Trip End Oct 02, 2005

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Thursday, October 7, 2004

The Skytrain running around Bangkok has 2 uses. Use 1 is for the ability to get to and from one place to another. Use 2 is as a freezer. The air con is bloody cold once you step onto the Skytrain, which is very pleasant after the heat in Bangkok. Today we went to Wat pho and the Grand Palace. We took the train to the Chao Phraya river and took a boat up the river. At Wat Pho we saw the largest reclining Buddha, but we nearly didnt make it as we nearly got scammed. A well dressed man came to us and told us the temple was closed as it was Buddhist day. He said that it wouldn't open until 1pm so in the mean time we could take a Tuk Tuk and go see some other sights. Now this type of scam was mentioned in the Lonely Planet book, and Anthony fell for it. Well nearly did until I pulled him away. Lo and behold the temple was open. Next we headed up to the Grand Palace to see the emerald Buddha. 15cm tall and worth a fortune. We both had to make sure we had trousers and at least t-shirt length tops on as it is an offence to show certain pink bits in a Thai temple. Needless to say we cooked like crazy. On the way back we popped to Ko San Road (backpacker place) and needless to say it was full of crusties. We had our first green Curry and Tom Yam soup. After getting back to the hotel we went for dinner across the road as it looked very busy. Turned out we were the only westeners there and no-one spoke English. It also turned out that you had to cook your own food by choosing meats from a counter (god knows what they were) and then cooking them on a stove at your table. We ended up copying what the locals were doing and it turned out to be a great meal. Anthony lost about a stone through sweating though as once again it was bloody hot.
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