Bangkok, Thailand was our first stop in Thailand. Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and very very busy. We stayed in Bangkok for 7 days at a hostel called De Talak. The hostel is down a very windy street. It took our taxi driver a long time to find it. We got there in the end, so everything was ok.
The first couple of days we just cruised around. On one of the days, we got a tuk-tuk to take us to what we thought was a park. Apparently we were wrong. It was not a park. It was a group of private home for the king, queen and other royal people. We couldn’t go inside, so we just walked around looking for anything that could be a park. We did not find anything.
We did, however, find a protest against the government. We accidentally walked through the whole thing. We saw police in full armour with bullet-proof shields, razor wire and everything! When we finally got out of the protest area, we were relived.
While wandering around the city, we met a nice gentleman who said he used to be a teacher. He wanted to practice his english so he told us some good places to go. We sat down and chatted with him for a bit. It turns out that he was going to Vancouver! We told him some good places to go and strongly recommended lots and lots of warm clothes. He said he had some already, but I don’t think he knew how much of a shock it would by for him to go from 30 degrees every day to a Vancouver winter.
On our last day we took his advice and went to the places he recommended. The first thing we did was get on the Metro to the water front. Once we got to the water, we caught a ferry up the river. It was neat to see the city from the water, but it was very busy. There were boats driving everywhere.
When we got to the right stop, we got off and got on another ferry to cross to the other side of the river. The ride didn’t take very long but it was fun.
On the other side it stopped right outside the Wat Arun temple that we wanted to see. The temple had intricate carvings everywhere. I had never seen anything like it. When you climbed up the steps to the top, you could see all of Bangkok. The steps to get to the top were very steep and tricky because they were different heights. This made it hard to get to the top but the view from the top and all the carvings was worth it.
When we wanted to get down, we met a lady who was scared of heights. She was so scared, it took a ton of convincing to get her to come down. Even with the encouragement she had to have someone behind her at all times while she was coming down. I’m not sure sure how she got up there in the first place.
After we finished there, we went back across the river and visited a very big buddha called the Sleeping Buddha. This buddha is 50 ft tall and 70 ft long. When you’re there he looks even bigger! We walked around the buddha. One the back side of the buddha there was offerings and a lucky ceremony. The lucky ceremony is this thing where you pay for a handful of fake coins then drop one in each pot along the wall. I don’t see what this does but apparently a lot of people think its lucky.
When we finished looking around the buddha and some gardens around the buddha we set off back to the hostel. The day was a hot and tiring one. At the end of the day we were all exhausted.