Sat 14 Jul 12 - Wed 18 Jul 12
I landed in Bangkok, Thailand at 8:20 am, after a red eye flight. Normally, I would be tired, but I made sure that I got lots of rest on the flight so I would be rested and recharged for a day to exploring the city. i was staying ath the Vaboit Lodge and it was only $19 a night. it was so cheap, i just could not pass up the deal. the hotel was nice and clean, although quite small. it was a good deal for only $76 for 4 nights.
The first place I stopped while exploring the city was The Grand Palace. The Grand Palace is very famous in Bangkok and I can see why; the palace is so beautiful and there is so much to see. Everyone could find something that they liked, depending on their interests. There are things to see there about the royal family, as well as Buddhism treasures, holy water and lotus flowers. I was most interested in the royal family because I just love learning about royalty from other countries. The atmosphere of the palace was just amazing, and the architecture was spectacular. I got a free English tour so that I could learn more about some things that were new to me, like the Ramayana and the emerald Buddha (which is actually made of jade). The emerald Buddha was discovered in 1434 AD when lightning struck a Chedi and inside it, the green statue was found. The statue also has three changes of clothing to match the weather. The palace was such an amazing place to visit, I am glad that it was my first stop in Thailand.
After visiting the Grand Palace, I headed over to the sky bar. The sky bar is an amazing, multicoloured bar that in Thailand. It is suspended in the air on the 63rd floor of The Dome at State Tower. The bar was so cool; it was such as experience to just sit at the bar, 63 floors up. It was much better than a normal rooftop restaurant, you get the most amazing panoramic view of the city that is very hard to find. One of the problems with the bar was that it was very busy, because everybody wanted to see the city from so high up.
The next day I headed to the Siam Square, the heart of the city. Siam square is surrounded by enormous malls and many alleyways of tiny boutiques and markets. The shopping was just amazing; I have never seen so many stores in one area ever. No matter what you are looking for, you can find it here. I picked up a couple pieces of clothing, some very trendy and eclectic that would be nearly impossible to find back home. There was just so much to see here, even just window-shopping was so interesting.
Next, I went to Khao San road, the backpacking district and the traveller’s hub of Southeast Asia. There were so many travellers there; I even met some people from Toronto! It was so cool to meet some new people who were doing the same thing as me, travelling the world. Khao San Road has so many different types of bars, restaurants and hostels. The area was just full of people, arriving in Bangkok, leaving Bangkok or just exploring the city. The energy there was unbelievable, but I had to get out of the craziness after a while and just rest up for another exciting day in Thailand
On my last day in Bangkok, I went to the temple of the Reclining Buddha, one of the oldest and largest temples in Bangkok. The temple is so beautiful with intricate artwork, stunning statues and excellent murals and the reclining Buddha is such as amazing sight to see, if you ever visit Bangkok, you definitely need to see it.
On my last night in Thailand I went to the Chatuchak Market, a huge flees market with 5000-6000 stalls open. You can find anything there, and it is all very cheap! I love getting a good bargain, so this market was the place for me. In the thousands of stalls, you can find anything from clothing and textiles to food and spices. It was extremely busy, but was definitely one of the most interesting shopping experiences I have had in my life.
$328 - Economy
11:55a BKK -> 3:30p CAN
Connection CAN Guangzhou, GD, China 1h 30m
5:00p CAN -> 8:25p PEK
total cost: $404