Published: July 1st 2009July 1st 2009
Greetings from Thailand! My 24 hour trip landed me in Bangkok Sat. eve! I started off Sun. morning by walking to the Grand Palace and a famous temple called Wat Phra Kaeo (a.k.a. Temple of the Emerald Buddah). Luckily, I escaped the touts outside the hotel/tourist area who were trying to convince me to go somewhere else instead! Anyway, the Palace and the Temple were awesome. Seeing these places made me excited to be in Thailand. On the other hand… it was soooooooo hot and humid in Bangkok! I generally fancy myself a “Texan with war-weather-skin” but this place is something else! That evening I met my tour group: 11 travelers (3 Australians, 4 Europeans, and 4 Americans). One of the other American girls, Katy, is my roommate. After we went to sleep that night, she woke me up yelling, “Who are you?” and I said, “What?” and then she screamed “WHO ARE YOU?” a couple of more times. I was so confused…I kept saying, “What do you mean?” Finally she calmed down and said, “oh, sorry” and went back to bed! I got a good laugh out of it the next day!
On Monday, we visited the Wat Po, Temple
Wat Phra Kaeo
Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha)
of the Reclining Buddah. I was amazed at how large it was—I knew it was going to be big, but it was much larger than I imagined (over 150 feet long and 50 feet high). We also cruised the canals of Bangkok on a traditional long tail boat and were able to see some of the “real Bangkok” where people live along the canals. Some people call this the “Old Venice”. Last, but not least, we got to ride in a Tuk Tuk, which was an entire experience in and of itself. Little motorcycle bugs that carry you around, racing among the streets!
We rode an overnight train to Chiang Mai (very nice!) and arrived in the morning. First up was the Tiger Discovery camp where we got to get inside the cages with Tigers and Lion Cubs! What can I say? It was pretty neat to see those cats up close! A few temples later, we hit the Night Bazaar Market to do a little shopping. I was exhausted and needed to get ready for a big day. Today, Richard (a tour mate) and I did an all day mountain biking expedition down the jungle/mountain nearby. I could possibly
call it mud biking because it rained on us and everything got pretty slick. Richard has been warning me about “Karma” here in Thailand and that I should try to do/think good things in order to receive them in return. Well… I noticed that he wiped out in front of me and I got to laughing so hard that I had to pull over. Low and behold, I had my turn… about 10 times! I have bruises all over my legs and behind to prove it. Don’t worry, no pics! Needless to say, I’m exhausted now and about to get some sleep. Headed to Chiang Rai tomorrow for our 3 day hiking trip!
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