Published: January 16th 2010January 16th 2010
this is where the train stopped
It was midnight when we got to Thailand. The weather as i expected is exactly the same weather that we have in the Philippines. A lot less polluted though. Its pretty clean for a metropolis. We booked a room in Centrepointe serviced apartments near Pantip. Its one of the shopping districts a couple of blocks away from Siam Center. We booked it online weeks before we arrived but when we got there there was no room available, but we already paid for it so they gave us the Presidential Suite! And sweet it was. It had a kitchen, big bathroom with bathtub, dining room, living room with big LCD tv. The bedroom was nice and it had a walk in closet. It was fabulous, i felt rich. Theyve got wifi too. The following morning a van picked us up and several other tourists from other hotels. We pay 1500 to 1800 a day for these tours. The van took us to a tourist bus.
First stop was the Spring Palace. I think it was one of the residences of the royal family there. I dont know if they still live there. Its pretty, but nothing much to write home about.
at the airport with my mom and my sisters
We rented a golf kart to go around it although we should not have had coz its not that big. Next stop was the ruins of Ayuthaya. My favorite place in Thailand. Its very tomb raider. The structures look like the Mayan ruins, made of red bricks. Its good for photo shoots, very dramatic. Didnt smell so nice but its not so bad. Bought Durian ice pops from a street vendor and it was good! Then i remembered i could get diarrhea. But i didnt. More temples in the next stop. They took us to this temple with this huge buddha made of solid gold. More gold buddhas. Finally talked to Spring the Asian-American girl i was sitting next to on the bus. She was travelling alone. She works for a spa company and she visits all the spas of her company all over the world. Fun job, paris, egypt etc. Lucky girl. But with that kind of job no wonder shes single. They took us to another ruin. My mom and my sisters were tired and didnt bother getting off the bus. It looks the same as the first ruins we visited anyway excepts for the huge reclining buddha.
family with my brother i law
Last stop was a river cruise. The food was great! The guide asked us earlier that day who among us were vegetarians so i didnt have to worry. They served me vegetable curry. A lot different from the curry that we make here in the Phils but it was good. Lots of desert. I invited Spring to our table coz i didnt want her to eat alone. Its depressing to see anyone do that. But i guess Americans are used to that.
Back to the hotel. I went to they gym. Used the sauna. I love Sauna.
Day two. The van that was supposed to pick us up from our hotel was 30 minutes late. The tour guide said he wanted to give us more time to enjoy our hotel. Lame excuse. First stop was a museum. Apparently there were white prisoners of war there during world war 2 i think. They were starved to death like the Jews were in Auschwitz. Its very depressing. There was a movie based on that event and it won an Oscar for Best Picture. My brother in law bought a DVD outside the museum. I didnt bother coz im not
gold pagoda in Summer Palace. fishes and turtles in the pond
a big fan of old movies. Bad effects.
Next stop was the cemetery where many of them were burried. I didnt know why we went there. Who wants to visit a cemetery. Next was a train ride on the rails that the POWs built. It was my first time to ride a train thats not powered by electricity. Its the old kind of train with no A/C. But the point was to see the work of the POWs.
Next stop was the river kwai bridge. it was pretty but nothing much to write about. went shopping in the market instead. our guide told some of us to change clothes coz i was wearing orange and my mom and my sister were wearing red. he said we cant wear those colors inside the tiger temple, which was our next stop. It was so freakin hot. I thnk its like 33 degrees and we had to walk for about 10 minutes to get to where the tigers were. they were in a ravine. they were all asleep. i thought they were drugged. the volunteer said theyre nocturnal. lots of volunteers from all over the world. you have to fall in line
to take pictures with the sleeping tigers. theres a shorter line but you have to pay 1000 baht. we opted to pay coz it was sooo hot. I was sweating buckets. the other tourists didnt seem to mind. a pretty young girl from UK invited my family to see the tiger show. in the afternoon. i asked her if they make them jump on hoops of fire. coz thats the only thing i know tigers do. aside from mauling people to death. she was a bit aghast that i thought that was what they made tigers do. apparently its a tiger conservation place. the show she said was more natural. tigers and their cubs playing on water with other animals. they dont eat the other animals in the end. the rest of my family couldnt bear the heat so we said no. although i did want to go. at the end of the day the van will take you to a jewelry store. its how they get refunds for gas. you dont have to buy anything. just stay there for about 10 minutes or so and youre good.
day three was for shopping. shopped all day. great bargains at
fashion mall. the clothes are very trendy. much like Korean fashion which is hot all over asia. We all watch korean shows on tv. Thai girls are not as pretty as the girls back home. or maybe its just a matter of taste. but theyre all skinny. you wont enjoy shopping there if youre big. fun shopping though. cheap clothes great style. steal! thai food is great. too hot sometimes though but i love it anyway. gadgets are cheaper than in manila and you get tax refund in the airport. we bough an LCD tv and nintendo Wii.
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