I am writing this post from the pool in the thick of the jungle in Chiang Mai after an overnight train from Bangkok.
The first week of our Thailand trip has been and gone and has been interesting to say the least. After meeting the group of 68 with Camp Thailand we started exploring Bangkok.
Over three days we saw different aspects of the city and it was completely different to how I had imagined but we still managed to cram a lot in considering the heat and humidity (I have never felt any temperature as uncomfortable in my life) With standstill traffic, Buddha statues and street food everywhere, the city is full of culture and has something for everyone!!
What we got up to:
– Long tail boat tour.
We took a long tail boat down Bangkok’s canals passing floating market stalls and wooden homes on stilts. The water was murky and was home to huge fish waiting to be fed.
– Ate at Big Buddha restaurant.
We started the trip as we meant to go on filling up on veg, rice and chips. Drinking strawberry daiquiri’s were so much better than eating scorpions and bugs, even when trying to be cultured during a tropical downpour.
– Wat Pho temple.
Wat Pho was beautiful! The temple had two main buildings and was so peaceful. It was home to a number of monks and was full of sparkle and statues. The giant reclining Buddha was huge!! Having bare feet on the marble floor felt so free.
– Tuk tuk ride.
When in Thailand cramming as many people as possible into colourful transport seems like the norm. We had five people in a two person tuk-tuk speeding around the city. Since leaving Bangkok we have traveled in Songtaew’s which are more like taxis but open back and like pick up trucks, and seem much safer than the converted motorbike of a tuk -uk.
– Walked up Golden Mountain.
Even in 30 degree heat and being dehydrated we still managed to walk up the circular staircase to a temple over looking the residential area of the city.
– Khao San road.
Famous for street parties, tattoos, scorpions on sticks and alcohol buckets, Khao San road was just that. It was full of market stalls, promoters and bars but was much smaller than I expected. It didn’t go on all night as at midnight the military come in to shut it down!!
– The Grand Palace.
The Grand Palace was strict on dress code and was super busy as the city was in mourning for the King. It was so humid so going inside to see the emerald Buddha was a blessing in disguise.
– Sky bar and restaurant.
On the 83rd floor of Baiyoke hotel there was a buffet and sky bar! With a group so big it was such a good idea and the food was amazing and so were the views! Up on the roof there was a 360 degree revolving viewing platform which you could see the whole city from above!
– Sleeper train.
Who would have thought you could have so much fun on a train. It definitely didn’t disappoint. With air con, phone chargers, lights, curtains, toilets, pillows and blankets it was so comfortable. At 7pm the seats were flipped to beds and we slept on the journey!!