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Week 1

Bangkok and Ayutthaya

After a good flight and many a film we landed safe and sound in Bangkok where the rain was like nothing we had seen before! We got absolutely soaked walking up Khao San Road to our hotel. The hotel was nice and the rooftop pool was a nice touch with an awesome view of the chaos of Bangkok skyline, especially when lit up at night. Over the next 3 days we really got into the busyness of Khao San, enjoying the chang beer and Sangsom in the rooftop bars listening to live music! We enjoyed visiting Patpong night market and Chinatown and getting from place on tuk tuks, through the hectic streets of Bangkok with some ropey drivers- this also helped us brush up our bartering skills to make sure we were getting a good price! We loved Bangkok but four days was plenty as were growing tired of the busyness, noise and hassle from the street sellers! After Bangkok we got a bus up to the Ancient city and old capitol, Ayutthaya where we immediately noticed the difference in atmosphere; it is much more relaxed and less touristy. We checked into a nice guesthouse called "Tonys Place" in a family room with a balcony, the food was lovely here too with some really nice local dishes. The following day we hired out bicycles for 40 baht (80p a day) and explored the cities main sights, and in particular the Wats (ancient temples) that are scattered around the city. These were incredible, detailed pieces of architecture and were fantastic to view from both inside and out and included the biggest Buddha in Thailand which was a golden statue standing 19 metres tall! Also as it was a Sunday, we saw hundreds of Thais from all over that had come down as part of a pilgrimage to worship at the Buddhist temple, singing prayers and waving scented sticks! We really enjoyed going about on bikes as we got to see pretty much all the sights as well as the locals going about their everyday lives, whilst dodging terrible drivers, tuk tuks and even elephants who didn't look too happy being used as tourist attractions. The weather has been on and off with rain but it has mostly rained at night so we haven't been affected whilst sight seeing during the day. All's well, loving our trip so far,
Ben, Rob and Josh

Posted by Ben-Rob-Josh 05:25 Archived in Thailand

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