Hey, me and sarah had a good days travelling on the 20th april- it was sad leaving New Zealand, though it helped to know we were coming back. We saw an old friend from our travelling in oz- cant remember his name lol, he was on the bus with us from sydney ti melbourne with our driver Hoops. I actually bumped into him in Rotorua too and we spent ages trying to figure out where we kenw each from but couldnt figure it out. Then me and sarah bumped into him together in rotorua the day when we left, and she recognised him lol. So we saw him at the airport in auckland, small world really lol. He makes us laugh.
When we were called to board our plane me and sarah went up a bit early, and were given different seats- upgraded :-) No idea why, we didnt ask. It was the world traveller bit, awesome armchairs that inflate to support your back, leg rests etc lol. We loved it, way better food aswell, and australian wine- I couldnt face wine though lol, not after being so ill last time! We got given the telegraph newspapers and dessert lol. All good! I watched The Changling and The day the earth stood still. Also watched a bit of the film Australia. Sarah fell asleep but I couldnt sleep, we got to bangkok late in the evening, got a taxi to hotel but the driver dropped us off in the wrong place and we had to walk a bit! Got there in the end, its so hot and humid here, not used to it now lol.
The next day we had brekkie at the hotel, then explored most of bangkok in just one day! Its massive, we just did alot of walking and went miles with one tuk tuk driver for just ten bart, three hours going to all the main temples and shrines. Loved walking round too. He took us to one shop- which was actually really posh, a place where you can get cheap tailored silk dresses. Sarah decided she wanted one, I was ok- got given free drinks while I was there in the shop though, all good. They made a loss on me lol. We saw loads of the temples and buddhas in bangkok, and were shattered! We got some really cheap dresses too, only 2 quid.
We saw: the Grand palace (and it was definitely grand!), The emerald buddha, Wat Pho the reclining buddha- this was the biggest gold plated one we saw, I was about the size of one of it toes), Saranrom park, Wat Benchambophit- the marble buddha and the usual gold ones. The temples were all incredible- theyre covered in either bright tiles or thousands of coloured bits of glass and gold. They have wind chimes all round the edges of the roof, and each templpe has had a gold buddha, or hundreds, and the buildings are stunning- the walls are covered in paintings with some of it in gold leaf, and there are giant stone statues, beatiful gardens with bonzai trees, and some of them had museums- the grand palace had a weaponry museum, Ive never seen so many guns- the longest muskets ive ever seen, quadruple barrel shotguns, the german mausers and the swords and cannons. We learnt about the royals and the history of the palaces and temples, and about buddism trraditions. As well as the temples we walked round many of the streets checking out the cheap shopping.Ive never seen so much gold and silver in my life as we did today, and gemstones. The temples really are incredible!
At the end of the day my bank cards decided they werent going to work anymore so dinner was on sarah at our hotel! we were exhuasted by the time we got bk, didnt realise we hadnt eaten all day, so much to do and see! Hoping my cards will work tomorrow.
Anyhow, were online now and then going to chill in our rooms for a bit, we have single ensuite rooms here to ouself, no dorms anymore! I have a gecko in my room, so cute! We have two more days in bangkok so we'l be exploring King Rama V palace and the gardens there, and theres a flooting market on the river we want to see, and one more temple on the other side of the river. And then the last day we'l check out a shopping centre and prob chill in one of the parks we found for a bit. Bangkok is a mad city, our tuktuk driver was fun and he showed us what driving here is like! We nearly bloody fell out lol, he was an angry tuk tuk driver lol. Very fun though. He cut up cars and nearly hit motorbikes and trucks all the time. Its always busy and crowded here, what I expected, and the smog can be not so nice. Weve had some wierds try and hassle us but were pretty savvy and have hardly spent anything. So far bangkok has been brill xxxx