Today was an early start as we had to hand in our passports to the Vietnamese embassy in order to get out Vietnam visas sorted. Hopefully we should pick them up tomorrow PM. It was a lot easier than organising our indian visas I'll tell you that!!
So passport less we went for breakfast at cafe Tartine again (because it was so yummy last time) we both had omelettes which filled us into dinner.
We had strict instructions again today. Both places were not to be missed! The instructions we were given made out day so much easier. I'd even say it ran like clockwork-well apart from when the heavens opened and we were flouncing around the Mystical Garden.
After breakfast we jumped onto the metro and took the train to the end of the line (Bearing) where we had to then flag a cab to take us the rest of the way. Asking the cab driver to use the meter outside of the city is a lot easier!! They looked shocked that we had to ask.
Our first port of call was ( Erawan Museum) the elephant place. It's a bit off the beaten path as it's not a massive tourist place. We had to wear a rather fetching pink tea towel at one point as we were flashing too much leg! Due to being English speaking (most of the time) we were given an audio to take around with us. This meant we were THOSE crazy tourists with the headphones on... We went into the elephant museum and climbed up to the top. The artwork in there was incredible. The artist focused on many different religions within the one building e.g. There was a pillar of Christianity from the floor to the ceiling. Although the audio went on for far too long and Laura and myself got a few mixed up and so ended up listening to bits that were meant for other areas, it was a good trip!
Then it rained.
We hid out in the bandstand for a good 20minutes, it was 20 minutes into watching the rainfall that Laura remembered she had an umbrella in her bag...so we braved it and legged it to the gift shop. We wasted more time in there and so continued to move onto the next building (you've probably guessed by now that these places had adjoining roofs) which was a cafe. Out came the fanta (about 35p a bottle! I know!!)
We then thought it was time to leave, which was precisely the moment we spotted we were trapped by an enormous puddle-sorry 'lake'-and had to jump into some golf buggy thing to get out of the exit!
It was decision time: continue with the days plans despite the weather (bike ride around the ancient city) or give up and return. It was midday, so we carried on! On arrival to Muang Boran we were given a bicycle each, well actually we were told to pick a bike from a selection of a few hundred! We went for the old fashioned style ones with baskets (they were so easy to ride and comfortable-for the first few hours).
Basically the place is examples of old buildings as well as ruins of old buildings/shrines. It's HUGE and we lost half the day cycling around. It's also very picturesque. It cost about 700bahts (12-14£) but that covered the rental of the bike as well as entry. It's well worth a visit and there is even a little market stall section and a restaurant/cafe. A unique, yet interesting place.
We then got the most relaxing cab back to the BTS (metro station) during which we both fell asleep! Long day! Then it was back onto the metro and back to the condo.
For dinner we went out for some Thai food and a few beers :-). A good day had by all.