After getting all nostalgic over India I’ve decided to go back in time by a year and put up my pictures of Thailand too. We travelled there in December 2009, flying into Bangkok via Hong Kong.
Here’s a few snaps from the futuristic city of Hong Kong. A Blade Runner esque mix of towering high rise, and grimy underbelly.
There’s a heck of a lot of weird food to see – including this alien looking item that is some sort of squid or cuttlefish.
Neon signs light up the night sky – the first time I have seen so many!
And yet more unappetising looking meat products….
To say Hong Kong has a lot of signage is to put it mildly . . . .
Here is the precise moment I fall in love with the zany, colourful packaging of Asia . . even if I do not agree with what they are selling.
Then it was onto Thailand – Land of Smiles! We stayed at the New Siam Riverside (www.newsiam.net) on the bank of the Chao phraya River.
It provided a much needed respite from the hustle and bustle of the crazy city. Having breakfast overlooking the majestic river was fantastic. This is a wonderful hotel and I can’t recommend it enough!
So first on my hit list was obviously the Grand Palace in Bangkok. With its myriad of glittering spires and epic grinning demons, it has been on my travel wishlist for a long time.
So braving 36 degrees and a lovely heat rash that was developing nicely, off we trundled!!
After being way laid by lots of helpful people telling us the Grand Palace was closed! (it wasn’t) and offering us alternative trips in their tuc tucs (we politely declined) we arrived.
The sunlight was so bright it was almost blinding as it hit the golden tiles and intricate details of the temples. It was a beautiful sight. But sunglasses were a definate must!!!!
Huge demons grimaced and guarded the gates, detailing covered every surface. The work involved was immense.
So much detail that my snappy finger nearly overheated!!
But i was finally dragged away andthen it was on to Wat Po.
Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok (with an area of 50 rai – 80,000 square metres), and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images: the Reclining Buddha.
And a monk keeps cool in the heat of the mid day sun.
We also visited Wat Arun – The temple of the Dawn, perched majestically on the edge of the river. The full name of the temple is Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahawihan !!!!
The whole temple is decorated with broken porcelain and seashells, creating an amazing, if somewhat bizarre spectacle! Neil braved the steps, I however sat sulking and sweltering in the little shade on offer! (I should point out that i am not good in hot climates, ironically)
Then day one was over, so we retired to the hotel to sip cocktails at the rivers edge. Fantastic start to our trip!!