So we arriving at the end of our first week in Bangkok, and I'm definitely getting used to the surroundings by now. This afternoon we are meeting up with the group of people who will share our trip into Cambodia and then onwards to Vietnam. I seriously hope it isn't one of those annoying 'tell everyone one interesting fact about you' group bonding moments!
Yesterday, rather than braving the crazy driving Tuk-Tuks, we trekked in the slightly warmer weather (40 degrees) to the Grand Palace (which we can see from the pool on the rooftop of our hotel). From there it looks rather impressive, and from close up it just gets even more so! Just loads and loads of gold, wall paintings, gold statues, more gold … just a lot of everything really! We went into the Temple to the Emerald Buddha (think that was what it was called), which was very serene (you've got to love walking around barefoot when it's hot). Of course it was all rather touristy, but it was nice seeing some more traditional and interesting places than stall after stall of backpacker souvenirs!
We found some more interesting side streets near Khao San Road - we had dinner twice in this great little road, with lanterns and a nice smell of shisha in the air. I've eaten all sorts of weird and wonderful things over this past week, I doubt my stomach will agree with it for much longer but until then I'm very much enjoying the pad thai and the curry! I had a encounter with a questionable spring roll the other day so maybe not any of those for a while, but the street food is usually very good (and ridiculously cheap, like 20/30 baht for a pad thai - 50p maybe?). There are loads of little barbeque street carts also, so I will definitely need to give those a try. Might skip the fried insects for a while though, maybe in a few weeks time when I'm feeling a bit more adventurous!
I don't know how accessible internet will be over the next week or so, but I will try to update as soon as I can. We are going to Angkor Wat sometime soon which I am very much looking forward to. Also, Cambodia will be a nice and relaxing change from the buzz of Bangkok.
And pictures are being rather temperamental at the moment, but hopefully sometime in the next few weeks they will be up. In the meantime, check out my colleague (Hannah)'s page for some early photos of the first 3 days.