Mark & Den's Travels
17th - 21st June Bangkok YEAH I KNOW spelt wrong on title WOW!!What a place first impression is oh my stinking hot city full of fumes and crowds how wrong can you be.. Yes it is! BUT much more than that we had an amazing full on 4 days. We stayed in a small hotel nice to get away from the backpackers for a while. We visited the Grand History Museum on first day. Its great how the Tai people have respected and looked after their world. The museum is so large to do it justice we spent the whole day there and still didnt see it all. The best for me was the Funeral chariots NOT because I'm morbid or anything but they are amazing it takes at least 50 soldiers to carry it to the resting place which could be a day away. Tired and hot enough for one day. Sunday we are up early off to see the king well his palace anyway.!! We have to be properly dressed for this in respect of their king. Long trs and long shirt mmh in 30c bit warm. Another amazing place as I first walk in I gaze upon all of the roof tops covered in gold. The wealth of this place when others are so poor. The hunt for today was to find THE EMARALD BHUDHA. He is a squatty little fellow who sits on top of gold throne way up in the heavan only being 2 mtrs high he is hard to find but we got him.. He gets dressed by the King 3 times a year for the change of seasons. why not 4 seasons I dont NO!!, Because we chose to visit on a sunday a lot of the temples were not open to public local services were going on its brilliant here where the locals dont have to queue with the 1,000 of tourist each day and they can walk in for free. Palace'd out its back to hotel for a drink or 2. You can eat on the streets at anytime of day what ever you fancy and for pennies... Saving the best til last today we are on trip to Temple of the Tigers.. Yeah got Mark on a coach trip. couldn't possibly find our way around this place in the time that we have..First stop War Cemetry We meet up with our guide who ask your nationality British we say Over there he replies and we look upto see as many headstones as far as you can see, sobering start to our day. although one highlight was an English chap had found his Great Grand Fathers stone.. enough, off to the Bridge over river Kwae. another time for reflection many tourist are walking across including me where the POW's were made to stand and wave at the bomber planes heading towards them.. Can you imagine what was in their minds! Standing on the side of the bridge you can be alone in your thoughts WOW this place really moved me.. Just in case we hadnt had enough we are off to JEATH Japanese, English, Australian & American, Thai museum named after all who died. Next stop tiger temple. We are paying our entrance when I get picked out of the crowd mmh here we go again. a MONK gives me a base ball cap to wear the TIGERS would NOT like my REDHAIR as they see it as danger and if I want a cuddle I had to cover up NO PROBS!! We walk down to the Quarry where they are all wandering around 8 in total and all have their own Monk!! The monk takes you by the hand and approaches the tiger from behind. as you kneal down to be with these guys you understand their stregth and power I am a little nervous it has to be said by the time I get to my 8th introduction I;m cool just another cat really, Thats not true the magic of these guys, was the perfect end to a very somber day.. Last day we take off in a TUKTUK We do some bartering for good price he wizzes us around the city to various different budhas a boat trip around the floating villages on the canals very much down town get caught in the floating market and buy a beer for more than it cost in the hotel.... Brilliant day to conclude our time in bangkok,. Tomorrow off to Cambodia!!!