Out with a roar!
19.04.2007 - 19.04.2007 35 °C
We spent our last day in Bangkok in grand style! We started the day with a visit to the world famous flower market, then toured the Grand Palace (aptly named) and Temple of the Emerald Buddha. There appear to be two schools of thought on buddha shrines - bigger is better, and more elaborate is better. I am of the latter opinion, because the shrine encrusted in gold and thousands of emeralds, rubies, and sapphires was much more staggering than the 3 metre golden buddha we saw the other day. After the morning tour we went out on our own to the backpacker mecca of southeast asia, Khaosan Road. It was so hot in the middle of the day that everybody was pretty lethargic, but it was the first place we've been where "farangs" (foreigners) outnumbered Thais. We came home in the afternoon to wash our sweat soaked clothes in the bathtub (although however they will dry in this humidity escapes me) before a sunset dinner at the River City shopping center. On the way there we encountered our first monsoonal rainfall, which would work perfectly for the bronze rain drum Nathan is coveting, but the weather cleared for a beautiful sunset. Then we went to the Oriental Hotel, one of the top 10 hotels in the world, but first I had to buy nice shoes to pass the fashion inspection. Not kidding! Last night I got turned away from the State Tower observation penthouse "The Dome" for wearing sandals, and today I got chased down the street by a homeless man shouting in Thai that I needed to comb my hair! Not kidding either! Lucky I passed muster to get into the Grand Palace, but with the impending rainfall and breeze the weather was tolerable for more clothing. So we ended the week by covering alot of ground, and treated ourselves to a traditional Thai foot massage. Tomorrow we will go upcountry, which is like going back in time, as each region is a former capital from an ancient dynasty. Probably the next time we can write is Chiang Mai in 4 days. Sawatdee!