Helen and Doug's Round the World Trip travel blog

Doug and a statue of the King in Lumpini Park

Helen in Lumpini Park

Bangkok - lots of skyscrapers!

Big lizard down a drain in the park - not very clear!

Some parts of Bangkok are pretty...

Victory Monument

Erawan Shrine

Dancers at the Erawan Shrine

Doug and beer at Suan Lum Night Bazaar

A Wat and the ''Big Swing''!!

The Black Buddha (part of Tuk Tuk magical mystery tour!)

Khao San Road - early evening

Khaosan Palace - our hotel

Wat Phra Khan (holiest place in Thailand)

More of Wat Phra Khao

Helen outside the Grand Palace (where the King lives!)

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Helen at Wat Pho

Painting the walls of Wat Pho

Douglas and the Reclining Buddha

View of Wat Arun from across the Chao Praya River

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Cheap cocktails, yay!

Dinner on Khao San Road

A tuk tuk - surely the world's most dangerous form of transport!!

On the second day here we moved hostels to stay on the Khao San Road. This is the famous backpackers street and its pretty insane. There are loads of stalls selling clothes, pirate DVDs and CDs, watches etc, and loads of bars and restaurants. There are a lot of westerners here which is a shame in a way but does make it a bit more relaxed, I guess there really is safety in numbers!

We went on a Magical Mystery Tour on Friday which was supposed to be a scam we think, but we turned it to our advantage! A man approached us on the street (we have since learned that you dont look at your map in public) and asked us where we were going, he told us the tuk-tuks were subsidised due to a government promotion and we could hire one for a couple of hours to go to loads of temples. A tuk-tuk mysteriously appeared so we got in and got taken through scary back streets to some random temple. It was all a bit wierd so we got him to take us home, but we went via the travel agents and booked our tickets to Ko Samui.

Yesterday (Saturday) we walked (no more tuk-tuks for us!) to Wat Phra Khao and the Grand Palace. This is also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and was really impressive, we took some photos. We also went to Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) and Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).

We've been relaxing on Khao San Road since then, cocktails only 1.50 pounds! We are really glad we moved hostels, the other place was miles from the centre and there is a lot more life here.

Leaving for Ko Samui on the overnight train tonight.

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