Thursday, 3 May 2012

Day 1! (Thursday for us)

Wow what a day! We've seen a good deal of Bangkok today on our “Bangkok on-a-shoe-string Tour” by almost all modes of transportation. Holy cow, it is hot in this country. Today's weather report: approximately 36°C with lot's of sun this morning. But let us start at the beginning of day 1.

I was able to fall asleep for a few hours last night, but Mallory wasn't so lucky. So instead of sleeping until 8 as planned, we were both up and about by 6am. We had a lovely all-you-can eat breakfast at the hotel with the usual eggs, fruit, pancakes, toast, and a few  not so usual items: fried rice, noodles and sushi. Our tour started at nine and our tour guide was extremely friendly. He could also name every bird in Bangkok apparently. He also bought us some crazy fruit from the market; most of it was delicious, but some fruits were kind of gross...

We walked through so many markets!! Stalls are everywhere here, and although it's very hot, the markets are either covered from the sun or have air conditioning making them a great way to get out of the heat. We visited a few temples, China town, little India, the MBK mall, markets... just about everywhere. And to get there we travelled by foot, riverboat, canal boat, tuk-tuk, subway and skytrain.
Fun facts: there are so many goldsmiths in Bangkok. In China town, every other store sold real, 24-carrot gold! And these places have almost no security because robberies apparently don't happen. Also, they drive on the left side of the road here.

After the tour today, we came back to the hotel hoping we could cool off in the pool. But of course the pool was under repair so we just chilled in our air conditioned room instead. We then went for dinner at a local thai place across the street from our hotel, very cheap and delicious! My guess is that we will both be passed out very soon... it's been a long but lovely day.

Here are some of my day one pictures with captions. That's all for now.
day 1