For a week I traveled in the wonderful city of Bangkok. I visited most of the temples and other sites. Thailand is really the land of Buddha. It is common to see an altar in almost every corner on the streets, inside homes, and public places. Thailand is also known for its food and shopping. I found very good deals on shoes, one thing that I have not been able to find in China and this is because of its poor quality. I bought two pairs of sandals in Beijing and they literally fell apart by the next week. Maybe I am not lucky or my feet burn shoes like my mom says.
I visited the Grand Palace, this is a huge complex with many different temples which are full of bright colors, gold is the predominant. The Palace has been home to Kings of Thailand since the 17 century. The day we visited was very hot, summer in SE Asia is the hottest but even that did not stop me from exploring such beauty.
Wat Arun is another temple in Bangkok. We climbed up to have a view of the surroundings. The stairs are very steep and it is hard to come up, but I think it was most scary to come down.
By night we visited The Asiatique on the riverfront, a great place to shop for souvenirs. We had an amazing dinner, fried fish, tom yam soup, chicken curry, etc. Then we made our way to try the famous fish foot massage and thai massage. I had always wanted to try the fish massage since I knew about it on tv, but as soon as I put my feet in the water I wanted to die! It was so ticklish. I laughed so hard that tears were coming out. I forced my self to leave my feet in the water, it was amazing how after a couple of minutes your body adjust to your way of thinking. The worst part was when the fish were biting between my toes.
We spent a full day on shopping and eating. This is what most of tourists do, right?. There are high end malls like Siam Paragon, where expensive brand stores are. But we went for the bargains at Platinum mall. This mall is huge it has about 3 different sections and up to 5 floors, all full of clothes: shoes, accessories, and a food court. That night we watched Siam Niramit. This is the biggest show in Thailand, they made their own stage, and it is one of the largest in the world. The show is about Thai culture and how it change over the years. It is full of effects, there is a river, they also made it rain, fired bombs, and even two elephant come out on stage. This is a must see when in Bangkok!
We drove an hour out of Bangkok to visit the floating market which represents the old way of life of Thai people. Now, is an attraction for tourists, boats drive around selling food, clothes and souvenirs.
The night life in Bangkok for many backpackers is on Khao San Rd. We staid in a hostel in this area for a couple of days, there are many restaurants, street food vendors, bars and clubs. Is amazing how at night there is a lot of traffic on this street. There a lot of shops for souvenirs too, it might be hard to bargain here just have to be persistent. We had a hard time trying to bring down the price for a couple of shirts. Most tourists who don’t know might just pay the price that they they are given. We noticed how sellers will also ask where we come from. I was traveling with two of my friends who are Asian, one from the Netherlands and the other one from NY. They would say they’re Chinese and I said I was from Mexico. It was a good way to avoid getting rip off if we said our original countries, they would think we were rich.