29.01.2010 - 30.01.2010 35 °C
Hi folks, I know its been a few days since our last blog but to be honest we have not done to much for the past few days. Yesterday (Friday), we had our first proper adventure in Bangkok. We got up around 9:30 and had some breakfast here at the guesthouse and then got on the skytrain, made a transfer to the subway, and then got off at the Hua Lamphong train station that is right beside Chinatown. Using our trusty lonely planet guide book, we did a walking tour of Chinatown which was incredible. Our first stop was the golden Buddha monument which is the largest solid gold statue of Buddha in the world.. It was very nice to see and very impressive but we would probably have appreciated it a lot more if we were Buddhists ourselves. After the monument we continued our walking tour through Chinatown and we started to make our way down some pretty tiny alley ways and we started to think that we were actually in China . We were beginning to get pretty excited about what we were going to see after venturing into the first few alley ways but we had no idea what was coming up. All of the sudden we went from a quite tiny alley way with not many people walking around to the craziest, loudest, tightest alleys and markets we have ever seen! The amount of people that were living, working, and shopping in these alley way markets was incredible. . Words Can't even begin to describe the sights and especially the smells that we experienced that day. It was definitely our first feeling of culture shock. After about an hour of exploring these tiny alley way markets it started to pour rain and all of the sudden the incredibly cramped sidewalks and alley ways became even more cramped with everyone trying to escape the rain. Chinatown was definitely an experience we will never forget. So needless to say after a few hours of walking around Chinatown and dodging the crowds we were pretty tired returned back to the guesthouse. It was quite a day.
Today (Saturday) we decided to sleep in and take it easy. We got up around 1 and ventured across the street to our favorite family run restaurant in the world for some delicious pad thai and thai curry. After, we took the skytrain down to the Eastern Bus terminal to book our bus tickets to Koh Samet. Koh Samet is an island that is south east of bankok, about 3-4 hours by bus which is a very popular destination for many locals in Bangkok who like weekend get aways. The tickets were 550 baht for the both of us, round trip. It works out to be about $8 canadian per person for the round trip from bangkok to koh samet. We aren't sure how long we will stay at koh samet, but it doesn't really matter because our return ticket is open and we can return when we like.
It is now Saturday night, about 9:30. We are planning to go the the largest weekend market in bangkok tomorrow just to check it out. We probably wont do to much else tomorrow because we want to get to bed early tomorrow night because our bus leaves monday morning at 8am.
We are planning on staying at naga bungalows if they are available or jep's bungalows if naga is booked up while we are in koh samet. Each place has wi-fi so our next update should be monday afternoon (our time) when we arrive at koh samet