19.09.2010 - 05.10.2010 96 °F
After getting up and seeing Vietnam streets silent...something I thought I would never see, but at 05:00am anything is possible, I take my taxi to the airport, a much nicer guy than the one last night!!
Bangkok airport busy busy but very well laid out and easy to get around, well I thought so being my first visit and all. Or maybe it is just my organised approach to things, always go to the information desk and get them to write your hotel in local language so you can show the cab driver....99% you will arrived at your destination, in good time and hassle free....easy.
I am staying at the Heritage Hotel Bangkok good local near the station, plus the hotel has everything, roof top swimming pool, fitness centre, massage centre, restaurant...what more could a girl want, after being on the go for 15 days around Vietnam. Today is all about me, so having a massage and a pamper before, starting another tour tomorrow around Thailand.
First impressions of Bangkok is nice, cannot believe they have a 7/11 shop on almost every street, along with Boots.....time to head out and explore some more. As in desperate need to get more sun tan lotion... Yes I do use it!!!
After a very relaxing massage, it was time to meet my tour leader, who was very nice, just 4 people on the tour including myself, what a result. The tour leader and I headed into the centre of Bangkok on the train, where we had dinner then went to the Calypso show, which is in a nut shell amazing looking lady boys cabaret show, see attached link http://www.calypsocabaret.com
Looking forward to what our tour leader has in store for tomorrow.
You cannot visit Bangkok without visiting 'The Grand Palace', the complex was established in 1782 and consists of not only the royal residence and throne halls, but also a number of government offices as well as the renowned Temple of the emerald buddha.
History of Bangkok ticked off my list, The Grand Palace, Jim Thompson's House, the late Thai Silk King, it was time to see more attractions such as the Samphran Elephant Ground and Zoo, although it rained it was amazing, watching the crocodile show with two guys wrestling with them, putting there heads in the mouths of these large beasts. The elephant show was great it was so cute seeing the elephants playing football dancing and doing a prayer rite, along with witnessing a historical re-enactment of the elephants role during the wars of ancient Siam. It's true to say that I have fallen in love with these huge animals, they are just so adorable, once you take the time to look deeper than there size, they all have their own personalities which they are happy to show and are very loving.
Last thing which I managed to squeeze in was a visit to Floating Market at Damnernsaduak, well worth the visit along with a trip along the canel and getting to interact with the locals, was just great.