We left Koh Tao at around 3 pm instead of 12, under the rain and we took the catamaran then the bus to BKK, it was a long, very long trip we arrived at our destination at 9.30 pm. We took a taxi to our destination Udee Bangkok and stayed in a dorm for one night and in the morning we stumbled across a little super mall and explored it 😉
It was called terminal 21 and I think I know why. The mall was represented like an airport terminal and each floor was named after a capital city and was decorated accordingly: #G floor Rome, #Floor 1 Paris, #Floor 2 Tokyo,#Floor 3 London, #Floor 4 Istanbul, #Floor 5 San Fransisco, #Floor 6 Hollywood. It was like being there and the toilets (sorry) were amazing by the decoration linked with the city floors. these are the toilets, cool, don’t you think? Then we explored BKK a bit further; am-az-ing, it is honestly a-w-e-s-o-m-e. We stumbled across another place called Siam Paragon (thailand paragon)4 malls into one, it had: cinema in 4D, 3D, 2D and toy shop, electronics, etc.
After a bit more walking and searching we finally found a place to stay at, it was called Suk 11 .
The next day we went to the Grand Palace by boat. We had to have our knees and shoulders covered as a mark of respect to the religion, Buddhism.
The place was A.W.E.S.O.M.E, gold was glittering on every roof and the paintings on the walls were miraculously still intact due to the care and attention of the workers.
Within the palace’s ground, there is the pagoda with the emerald Buddha. He is considered the most precious statue but I was surprised by his size, he is very small. We were not allowed to take photos and we had to walk in bare feet. I felt very special looking at this monument of worship and I felt privilege to be in there.
We then continued along the palace ground to see more displays of the king’s treasure.
We also went into the armoury an it was wicked to see the different kind of weapons they use to used but again we were not allowed to take pictures but we saw a great display of cannons .
We started to get hungry so headed back to the food market next to the palace and had lunch at one the different food stall .
The next day we went to the Golden Mountain. We got there by taking the canal boats at that was pretty cool, you had to jump into the boat and then it wizzed off again and the “driver” came by to collect the money. .
The golden mountain is a big golden stuppa where Thai come to pray and pay their respect (so did we) and it is surrounded by lots of bells and huge gongs.
These are nuns putting money on a string
We carried on along the streets and Mateo spotted an enormous monitor lizard and the sheer size of it is what attracted me to it, it was as long as Luca.
We walked some more and stumble across the night flower market….this was spectacular.
Flowers absolutely everywhere, some loose some made as bouquet some made as offering….truly amazing.
On another day we went to the reclining Buddha temple, Wat Po. Some more gold and spectacular statues, rows and rows of Buddha but the most striking was the reclining Buddha, so long it was amazing . His feet were engraved with mother of pearls and recollected the story of his journey to reach Nirvana. It was breathtakingly beautiful.
That’s a wrap up from BKK and SUK 11.