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August 30th 2009
Published: August 28th 2009
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Welcome to Rainy Bangkok!Welcome to Rainy Bangkok!Welcome to Rainy Bangkok!

Rain pouring on the bus station.
It's hard to say why we love this part of Bangkok but it somehow draws us to it like a magnet each time we are in the area. Maybe it's the chilled out bars along Soi Rambuttri where you can sit and 'people watch' or the delicious food you can buy so cheaply from the street traders. There's never any shortage of interesting travellers to exchange stories with and new places to find out about from them.

And of course the beautiful warm evenings, well ok, I know it's rainy season right now but the rain soon dries up and life gets back to normal again. Not that it changes much, the locals seem to carry on regardless!

By Saturday we were recovered from the long travel days and ready for some sightseeing. We booked ourselves onto a tour to see the ancient city of Thailand. Fortunately the rain held off all day and we even got to see some glimpses of the sunshine. The temples were spread out over various sites meaning we were shuttled around one after another after another.

At each stop the guide, who was Laos, gave us the history of that particular site.
Gold Pagodas, BangkokGold Pagodas, BangkokGold Pagodas, Bangkok

Well, rooftops to be exact!
Unfortunately his english was pretty bad and the only bit we picked up was that the Burmese army came in and tried to destroy the temples, most of the Buddas had been decapitated and many of the temples were in ruins.

The last stop was to see the elephants dressed in their finery parading along the road each with a couple of tourists on their back.

We arrived back in Bangkok around 4pm and headed straight to the roof-top pool to cool down.

After this we have one more day to shop and just generally 'chill out' before flying home.


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BangkokBangkok
Bangkok

And more ornate rooftops!
Wat Phu Khao ThongWat Phu Khao Thong
Wat Phu Khao Thong

The first Wat we visited
Wat Mahu ThatWat Mahu That
Wat Mahu That

The second Wat we visited
A Fallen Head!A Fallen Head!
A Fallen Head!

At the third Wat we visited.
Original Reclining BuddaOriginal Reclining Budda
Original Reclining Budda

The one in Bangkok was modelled from this from.
AyutthayaAyutthaya
Ayutthaya

The Ancient Capital City of Thailand
AyutthayaAyutthaya
Ayutthaya

propping up the wall!
Traditional Thai HouseTraditional Thai House
Traditional Thai House

Designed to maximise cooling breezes
Lampugh House.Lampugh House.
Lampugh House.

The room looked nothing like this by the time we returned dripping wet! oops!


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