On the way to Bangkok I turned 21. Literally on the way, because I spend my birthday on the bus. It was an unusual birthday party, but I was really excited about my present – a few days in the capital city of Thailand!
We arrived very early in the morning, around 5 o’clock or something. Our first hotel was right next to the main street. It was easy to catch a bus and go sightseeing, but it was impossible to sleep. Really, at midnight the music was so loud, that it felt like we were in the middle of the club, and not in our beds. I tried to sleep with the ear-plugs in, but it didn’t really help. After one night we changed the hotel and hoped for the best.
Bangkok is a shopping paradise. On the main street you can buy anything you want. Clothes, jewellery, food, bugs on a stick, a fake ID or a driving license. Anything!
There are also many great temples around and we visited a few of them. The biggest complex is The Grand Palace – an old residence of the Kings of Siam.
It covers a huge area and there are so many beautiful things to see! I was amazed by all the gold shining in the sun. Without sunglasses it was hard to look at the buildings, Mr King really liked the glitter!
We also couldn’t miss the floating market – one of the biggest tourists attractions in Bangkok. We went there at 5 in the morning (again… I thought on holiday you sleep late and wake up late, but now I see I often witness the sunrise), because it’s a bit far away from the city and it closes around midday, so the earlier the better. Although it is not so original and traditional anymore, it was still great to see. Old ladies wearing hats made from leaves and selling fruits from the boats, amazing!
There were many tourists and expensive souvenirs to buy, but we enjoyed it a lot anyway. We wanted to find another market around, but in the end we got lost in the town, walking around for around an hour. We were chased by dogs, we saw a huge lizard (a dragon maybe?) somewhere next to the road, and a poisonous snake on the tree. Just a normal day in a village heh.
We tried to discover as much around Bangkok as possible. There are so many things to do, that it’s impossible to get bored. When you finish all the places to visit you can always go shopping, trust me, it will take you a while!