Kyla and Nick Around the World travel blog

Nick standing near one of the many spires of the Grand Palace...

The Gate Guardians outside of one of the Wats (temples) in the...

A Buddha statue on the corner of Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of...

Nick, against a backdrop of gold leafed tiles.

Dancing figures on the side of a stupa (spire)

Some of the worshippers mourning the loss of the sister of the...

Details from a pillar at the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (actually...

Water to sprinkle on your head after you leave the temple

Us just at the exit of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha

The main building of the Grand Palace

Elephant guarding the gates to the Grand Palace. Not as effective as...

Much more effective than the elephants at making sure we didn't wander...

Nick with the Dr. Seussian trees in the Grand Palace. I will...

Waiting for the boat that would never come. The ferry didn't dock...

Monks heading out for a wild night on the town. Or, heading...

Thai's love their king. Here he is appearing on the side of...

This is what happens when you marry a vegetarian. You get to...

Just normal, everyday traffic in Bangkok.


We spent only three days in Bangkok on this leg of the trip. Our thoughts? We love the city - we love the people!

We have taken in:

-the Emerald Budda and Grand Palace - complete with Thai citizens who are currently mourning the death of their Princess. The Palace is one of our fav spots on the trip so far. It is so incredibly decorated with sparkling tiles.

- Kao San Road (we HAD to find out what half of all backpackers complain about and what the other half embrace)

-an adventure in an old part of the city looking for pier 14 (unfortunately there is no weekend boat service at pier 14) which took us through what we thought was the largest children's birthday party (it ends up that yesterday was Childrens' Day - a day the govt promotes to remind parents of their very important responsibilities)

-two movies to escape the humidity (The Golden Compass and Elizabeth)

-the weekend market (Nick replaced his swimmers that he forgot at Spa World in Osaka)

and I commented "if only we were at the END of our trip-we could bring back so much. The thought was quickly replaced with "isn't it great that we are not already at the end of our trip".

-4 servings of pad thai - all so very good!

Oh and I got a pretty cool $6 haircut (they were so surprised by the tip I left as it would have been a $5 cut had I gone Thai-style and not tipped).

We stayed at the Asha Guesthouse, which was a ways out of the main downtown core, but easily accessible on the SkyTrain. However, we did get a chance to wander down to the Ko San Road, which is the backpacker centre of Bangkok.

Tomorrow we take a 10:00 am flight on Nok airlines- affiliated with Thai Airways - to Krabi where we will overnight and then depart the next morning for Ko Lanta where we will spend about a week (or more - how knows) at the Red Snapper Guesthouse. Ko Lanta is the island closest to Phi Phi so we might take a day trip over.



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