Hi there, Joan and Laura here!! We know… Some of you might have thought we’d already given up on the blog, but that’s not the case! We still have a lot of stories to bore you with. The reason we haven’t posted for a while is that our laptop decided to crush on the 3rd day of the trip, so we couldn’t write nor get the photos from our camera. In the end it hasn’t been too bad; the computer was repaired pretty quickly and we’ve been able to use our phones for everything else. All is well if end is well. Let’s start with the post already shall we?
I’m the one writing, why am I complaining about me not starting?
In the morning of the 24th we woke up in Bangkok for the first time. We had a bowl of noodles at a street food stand near our hostel in the Khao San Road area, and we headed to Wat Pho on foot. After dodging several tuk-tuk drivers and a couple of scammers along the way, we arrived there and let’s just say it didn’t disappoint. The temple complex is huge, with lots of stupas, pagodas, Buddha sculptures and the largest reclined buddha in Thailand.
Afterwards, we crossed the river to Wat Arun, a smaller temple, but again well worth visiting. The temple consists of one central prang (tower) surrounded by 4 smaller prangs, all of them covered in porcelain with lots of colorful details. We were able to take some cool pictures here, but to be fair we can’t get all the credit. The one that was left for the end was Wat the Hell, but we decided to skip that eventually (we told you Joan likes bad jokes).
A long walk back to the hostel was enough for us to get hungry again. We met with a friend of Laura’s, Kan from Bangkok. They met in the US when they studied there 6 years ago. Kan was so kind as to invite us to a Thai food restaurant she knew. This time we tried some other things than rice or noodles, and they were damn good!
Actually, neither of us can remember the dishes names, but they were delicious. Next, we went to an outdoor mall at the riverside called Asiatique and we walked around there. Fun anecdote, we were there wandering around this place and we said to Khan: – This place is pretty cool, lots of locals here! – to which Khan responded – What are you saying? These people are Chinese (facepalm). It is impossible for us to tell the difference but yeah, that was funny.
So this was the end of our visit to Bangkok, the next morning we took a train to Kanchanaburi, but that my friends is for another post (
Joan & Laura