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I should've brought a flat in Bangkok!

Written on: Wednesday April 2nd, 2008

A journal entry from: Around The World Without A Plane

I got back late in the evening to Bangkok, resolute that this would be the last time I would visit this city (on this particular trip at least) and contend with the sweat-box of a room that is my accommodation at Swasedee Guesthouse. As this was going to be my last time I forced myself to do the tourist sights that I still not had seen despite being here what seems like half my life.

 

I took a walk up to Wat Phra Kaeo and the Grand Palace, the No 1 tourist attraction in the capital, very apprehensive at seeing another temple. Thankfully though this area was well worth the entrance fee, and even despite the sweltering heat, unbearable at times, I really enjoyed this visit. The Palace grounds are lavish in every way, decked out in gold wherever they can fix it and the home to visiting foreign diplomats, King?s orindations and the home of the Emerald Buddha, an extremely sacred icon. I had the added bonus of dressing up in funny Thai clothing as I, like many other ?farang? that had turned up were not permitted to enter the grounds in their western sacrilegious threads.

 

Next up came Wat Pho that houses an enormous reclining Buddha, which takes up the whole of the central temple. Cooling off with an ice-cream I took a taxi-boat down the Chao Praya River, wandered throughout the tiny avenues of China Town and took a picture of the biggest solid gold Buddha in world that sits proudly in Wat Traimit. The Buddha is three metres tall and weighs over five and a half tons. No wonder they don?t ask for an entrance fee here, it?s valued at over $14 million.

 

I took my last bus ride back to Ram Buttri, gathered my numerous bags and boarded a ?VIP? double decker bus for what should be the last time out of Bangkok.