Our first taste of Thailand was the bustling city of Bangkok. It was a refreshing blend of old and new, of ancient and modern, all crammed every which way as far as the eye could see (which incidentally isn’t very far due to the heavy smog that blankets the city all day long). We wandered the streets, did some shopping at Siam Paragon, Center World, and MBK – the first two are swanky high end places while the later was more like an enormous indoor street market. We got thai massages too, which Warren enjoyed much more Than I did (lucky him)…I’m still not sure how such a small friendly woman could possibly inflict so much pain! The next morning was spent marvelling at the Grand Palace. It’s incredibly beautiful, ornate and exquisite. It was also staggeringly hot, over 40 degrees Celsius with no breeze and I found myself suffering from a bit of heat exhaustion. After taking some time in the air conditioning to recover and hydrate we set off to hire a long tail boat to tour us along the river that crosses through the city. We got a good look at Wat Arun (also know as the Temple of Dawn, the only Khmer style temple within the city) as well as the profound level of poverty around the city canals. We capped the night off with some super pricey cocktails and dinner 56 stories up at the Red Sky rooftop bar. We heard this was an experience not to be missed while in Bangkok, and who are we to disagree with the travel books?
Here’s a few pictures of our time in the city