Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Day One in Bangkok

Monday was our first full day in Bangkok. We decided to take it easy in the morning, as we're all still recovering from the long journey.
We left our hostel at around 11:30 am and headed up the street to try some street food. We tried some noodles with pork, and pork and garlic with rice. We love the street food places because you can watch the people making the food there,  and its all one family who is running it.

After our lunch, we walked the opposite direction towards the river,  because we wanted to take a boat up to Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn.
On our walk to the river boat, we stopped in a park and shared some fresh coconut water,  sipping from a straw straight out of the coconut :)
This was both mine and Nathan's first time seeing a Buddhist temple, and we were both amazed by the detail and beauty of the structures, and the perfectly manicured gardens that they were situated in.

Directly across the river from Wat Arun is Wat Pho, which we decided to check out next. Wat Pho is where the Reclining Buddha is situated. It is an impressive 15m tall and 46m long buddha statue, covered in gold leaf. Impressive is actually an understatement when you see it in person.
The rest of the temple complex is quite big, and you can even get a traditional thai massage there.

After visiting these two temples, we were pretty hungry,  so we crossed over the road to a nice cafĂ©, where I ate a stuffed omelette with pork and rice. I don't think I have ever eaten so much rice in my life as I have in these past two days! The ladies in the cafe were so nice to us and entertained Charlotte  by talking and clapping to her while we were eating.  We have found so far that the Thai have been very friendly to us with the baby. We even had one woman take Charlotte out of our hands and pose with her while her friends took pictures! Crazy! It's just a totally different culture and attitude here.

We had time to visit one more temple before it got dark. The name is quite a mouthful-  Wat Rajabopitsathitmahasimaram. I had to take a picture of the sign so I could remember it. A lot of the temple was under construction and we were the only tourists there, which made it even more magical. We left there just as the sun was setting, and decided to get a tuk tuk back to the hostel. It really is a fun experience zipping through the city in a tuk tuk , but I think we'll probably stick to regular taxis for now- ones that have seat belts ;)

So day one for Bangkok for us was all about seeing the Buddhist temples for the first time. Having both lived and travelled around in Europe, we have seen our fair share of churches,  however we have never seen anything like this before! The temples are so colourful and magical and unique. A phrase that popped into my head was Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz saying, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore". That pretty much sums up how it feels to have finally come to Asia. That it's a place that is not so familiar,  but yet is incredibly exciting,  colourful and chaotic!

Today we are again taking it easy in the morning. Nathan and Charlotte are having a rest while I'm writing this, and then we will head out to the zoo. More excitement to come...

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xx

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