05/09 - Wat Pho and Wat Arun.
Still in Bangkok and getting sick of it, it's a full on city where tourists are treated like gullible idiots and we are ready to leave. You can't walk down a street for more than 10 seconds without being swarmed by tuk tuk drivers that try to charge a ridiculous amount. 1 more day to go..
We decided to take it easy and visit a couple of temples. It took us a while to get to Wat Pho as the maps are confusing in Thailand and don't show all the roads. On the way to Wat Pho it baffles us that 2 Thai men lied to our faces about the temple in an attempt to get us to follow them to a scam. We'd cottoned on by them so didn't fall for it. One guy said the temple was closed so I challenged him and said the guidebook stated that it was open all day, he then changed his story to 'closed to foreigners' haha I don't think so mate! All we want is to explore the city and not be suspicious of everybody that talks to us.
We finally got to Wat Pho and went to see the reclining Buddha which was huge! It filled the room! I've seen plenty of photos of it online but it was a lot bigger when you are there. We wandered around the grounds for a while but once you've seen one temple, you've seen them all.
We then walked to the river and the plan was to get a boat over to Wat Arun, another famous temple. We got to the riverbank and saw the temple that we'd seen so many lovely photos of covered in scaffolding so decided against going over.
At night, we wandered back to Khao San road for some food and sat on a table next to a guy from Blackburn (who also said he was from a village on the outskirts haha) small world!
Walking back to the hotel, we walked past a street stall selling fried bugs. When in Asia, it'd be rude not to. We went for the smallest bugs, 40p for a plateful. Thankfully once bought, they were sprayed with soy sauce and sprinkled with pepper. We had a couple each and they weren't that bad. Just crunchy and we got legs stuck in our teeth. I'm glad we ate them though, something ticked off the list.