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Bangkok - Day Two
This day was much better than the day before as I got to see the real Bangkok as opposed to the shopping/polluted city the day before. We set off at 10am to take a trip around the canals of Bangkok, as we started to leave Bangkok we entered the outskirts where people live on the river. I was amazed by the shacks that made from corregated iron on the sides of the river with some houses just being held up by stilts. In some areas directly opposite the shacks were amazing houses made from wood with beautiful carvings.
I can definately say that Thailand lives up to its nickname of 'land of smiles' as most Thai people smile and wave when they see you even when they aren't trying to sell you a tuk tuk ride to their friend's suit shop.People seem genuinly happy that we are there looking at their homes and where they live.
On the boat journey, we briefly stopped at a pier that belongs to the temple behind it. We were handed loaves of bread and told to feed the fish. We looked down into the water and saw the BIGGEST group cat fish I have ever seen, hundreds of huge catfish were fighting over the bread and jumping up out of the water. Apparently, these fish belong to the Monks and cannot be fished. Also, along our journey we saw gianormous monitor lizards basking in the sun along the sides of the river.
After the canal ride we went through the flower market and saw the most beautiful flowers I have ever seen in my life, I didn't realise how many vivid colours occur so naturally. People here were making ornate flower arrangements to give to Buddha at the temples.
We then went to Wat Pho to see the reclining buddha, I must say I was a little disappointed. For years, I thought the reclining buddha moved back and forth but no it is a Buddha on it's side. It was still pretty amazing though to see a status of such magnitude. The temple was a bit mental though and more of a tourist attraction so I therefore did not feel the Buddhist vibe I was hoping for.We then had lunch, I was really daring and had chicken sweet and sour.
We then hopped back to the hotel where we had time to relax before out 13hour train journey to Chang Mai.
To be continued...