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Third and final full day in Bangkok

THAILAND | Thursday, 24 January 2008 | Views [744] | Comments [5]

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

The Grand Palace, Bangkok

After a superb sleep (thanks for the earplugs Annah!!! ;-)) I got up and had my first Metered Taxi ride to get to the Grand Palace, the guy was a maniac and nearly crashed twice on route, trying to squeeze into spaces that didn't exist! Muppet... still it was cheap and saved my feet after stomping on them for two days already.

The Grand Palace is pretty impressive, some mahuusive buildings and all very ornate and covered in either gold leaf or a mosaic of tiny tiles of all types... I took waaaay too many pictures, so will only put a selection up onto photobucket.

Whilst I was sitting in some shade (it was VERY hot today) a group of Thai High School kicks approached and asked if they could interview me for their school project...! I obviously agreed to do that and the tech savvy kids whipped out their dictaphone and started asking questions, Lol. I couldn't really answer all of them having only been in Thailand a few days, I didn't really know what the best bit was, but it was quite amusing having a chat with them. They gave me a little hand made elephant keyring as a thank you and shuffled off laughing to themselves... five minutes later they shuffled back over and asked for a group photo with me! Lol, I guess it took them a few minutes to get the courage up to come back to ask for that, and to decide who was going to take the photo. It was quite amusing, I guess its a good way to get the kids here intergrating with the tourists and to practise their Engrish.

I walked around the outside of the Grand Palace grounds (there is only one entrance/exit gate) to see the Reclining Buddha, which was pretty amazing. It's huuuuge and completely gold apart from the bottoms of the feet which have very intricate mother of pearl inlaid images.

From there I got my first tuktuk to go up to the Rajdamnoen Stadium, where the Muay Thai boxing is on tonight to get a ticket. I bartered a deal with the old driver and off we went. It is pretty smelly being on one of those, the exhaust fumes and heat from the coach engines are right in your face, but it is a great way to zoom across the city. I felt safer in this than the taxi from earlier! The stadium didn't appear to have a box office open, so I went to the official tourist centre which I knew was just around the corner and bought my ticket there. I recall Steve saying they were around 2000B for a VIP ticket, so this official tourist place obviously doesn't rip you off as it was 2000B, which is about 32 quid. Quite expensive in comparison to everything else here, but what the hell it'll be good. Got my ticket sorted and then talked about my plans for tomorrow to go to Koh Chang Island in the south east. I decided to buy a deal from them where they collect me in minibus from the hotel, drive to the aircon buses, then the bus goes to the port near Trat and the ticket includes the ferry over to Koh Chang. I probably paid a little bit more than if I'd bodged it all the way along the same route, but for only 550B which is just under a tenner, I ain't complaining! I'll see you tomorrow Steve! I will call you on route with an arrival time... ;-)

I walked back to the internet cafe I'm in, which is just round the corner from my hotel as I already knew the way from day ones' mad walking session. Hopefully other internet cafe's around the country will be equipped like this one so I can copy my pics to USB key and upload a few... it is how I imagined it would be, and was why I didn't plump for bringing a laptop in the end.

I did my best piece of bartering today too, to the point where the lady told me to go away, so I did and she came running after me to agree to my price! Lol! Bartering hard FTW! ;-)

So, thats it for today unless I come back on after the Thai Boxing later. Looking forward to that!

Tomorrow morning I'll be off by 8am on my trip to Koh Chang... lush!

Cya! Sloggs :-)

Tags: Sightseeing

Comments

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Sounds like a good day, I hope the boxing will be good for you. 550 baht is about 8.50 quid. Im disappointed you didnt take my sagely travelling advice though! Bus to Trat 150, minibus to ferry 40, ferry 120, plus whatever it cost you to get to Ekamai bus station. Bad news is that the weather has clouded out this afternoon, im gonna blame you, its been lush for weeks!
See ya 2moz

  Steve Jan 24, 2008 11:53 PM

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Hi Sloggs,

just read your whole blogg , sounds like your having a great time. No poker yet though LOL.
Take it easy and have a great time. It was good you mate some people straight away.

gonna have look at the pics now.

Paul m

  paul m Jan 25, 2008 9:21 PM

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Still leaving out all the sordid ladyboy stuff Sloggett??

  Bryan Jan 25, 2008 11:47 PM

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Gutted I didnt get to kiss U goodbye dude, didnt realise U were off on yer mad mission already :-) Had a parcel to deliver round yer old work place t'other day & had a chat wiv Vin. Now I'm back online I shall keep up with your blog. Live it 2 the max mate!

  Banjo Jan 26, 2008 11:18 AM

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lol, you're very welcome. I suspect the earplugs will come in handy in Cambodia with the screaching noises at night, too.

  Annah Feb 10, 2008 12:08 AM

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