6.30am wake up call... Our first day exploring Bangkok. We met our main guide for the whole tour, his name is kniowe, smiliest man on the planet I think! After a nervous sleep I was feeling better and excited about the beginning of my journey around Thailand. We met the rest of our group in the hotel lobby and set off.
First we went to the Train Market. (Our tour guide called himself Mr T! What a ledge this man! His patter was phenomenal, ABT- another bloody temple! ABT again- another bloody tourist! haha. No money, no honey, no worries, chicken curry! What a guy.)
Anyway, there were thousands of stalls lines up at either side of the train track. We were told the train comes 8 times every day but it was almost impossible to believe a train would fit through the crowded market. Then as it was, a continuous bell rang signalling the train approaching. The stall owners rushed to cram their goods further from the track grabbing tourists into the back of their stalls. The train speeded by inches from our feet and within seconds the stalls were restored to their original state.
We then headed to the Floating Market. We rowed in a long thin boat passing stalls set on the edge of the river bank. The atmosphere was incredible.
We then visited a wood carving workshop, these people were mega talented. Some of the details on their huge pieces of work were so intricate, it's definitely a true art.
After an amazing day in Bangkok we boarded the night train heading for Chiang Mai at 6pm. Exhausted, I fell asleep on the freezing top bunk around 9pm.