Our 2.5 days in Bangkok were interesting, but its nice to get out of the city. We did a couple of walks, yesterday going to the old city, having caught the Skytrain and then a boat ride to the Grand Palace. The Skytrain is Bangkok's metro system, built up in the air rather than underground. It works very well as you can also (if you want to) walk at this level above the streets to get a better view of the city. We didn't go into the Grand Palace as we've done it before, but also we were wearing shorts and these are forbidden! Instead we took a walk up the Golden Temple in the Old City, as it affords great views of the city:
|Approach to the Golden Temple|
|On our way up|
|The view from the top|
It was a pretty hot walk, not sure what the temperature was, but we noted that at 9:00pm (3 hours after dark) it was still 31 deg.C, so it must have been mid to high 30's. At any opportunity we'd walk into an air conditioned shopping mall just to cool down!
|Some local wildlife. It was about 1m in length!|
We did venture into town one evening for a beer and made for a bar area that's frequented by lone European males looking for Thai ladies of the night, just to 'people watch'. Its just amazing to see what goes on - and how easy it would be. The waitress who served us asked us if we would like a friend to join us! We declined!
|Bangkok's 'Thonburi' railway station The first taxi driver had no idea where it was, so we had to get a second one|
|On the train - wooden seats and no windows. Vegetation would break off and get thrown in as we went along|