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Beautiful Bangkok
Submitted by bugsly on Friday, May 5, 2006 - 00:24 Boat | Car | Core | Fly | Foreign Language and Music Study | Physical and Health Education | Thailand | Walk

Our time in Bangkok has been great fun and VERY HUMID.

Tuesday we went to a new HUGE shopping center called Siam Center and Siam Paragon which just opened a couple of months ago. It was enormous and a new concept for Bangkok. It seemed very popular with all kinds of people, especially young adults and teenagers. We had Pad Thai Noodles for dinner, my favorite!

Today we got up and met a guide named Jup Jup who took us through the perfumed flower market. We needed to buy some flowers to leave at the temple that we would be visiting with her later in the morning. Walking through the flower market was really educational because we saw many different kinds of Thai fruits, vegetables, flowers, food and people. The day was very hot and humid so we got some water and we just kept drinking it.

We arrived at the Royal Temple next. It was very large and extremely ornate. The buildings were covered in mosaic mirrors in many bright and beautiful colors. The designs were very intricate.

We went inside the building that houses the “Jade Buddah” made our our flower offering and spent some more time there admiring the beauty of the interior of the building. On the walls, the paintings told the story of the life of The Buddah from his childhood to his enlightenment. I remember learning all about this at school. It was incredible to see it in real life.

On Friday, we got up very early and joined another family for a tour of the Floating Market. The drive to the market was about 2 hours long and we got to see a lot of the countryside which was great because so far all we had seen was the city. To get to the market, we motored through the man made canals in a long-tail boat. The boats are really narrow, my brother and I sat side-by-side with no extra room. The boat drivers are really skilled at making turns and going way too fast!

We arrived at the market, left our long-tail boat behind and began to explore. We had an hour or so to ourselves, so we looked around and watched people shopping and bargaining. The main part of the market is on the water. We sat down to have a bite to eat and I got to watch the farmers with their boats brimming with fruits and vegetables. They were selling from their boats to people on the shore as well as boat to boat. Some of them were cooking on their boats and selling the food. It was colorful and lively. They get up really early in the morning, harvest their crop and head on the canals to the market. By about noon, the market is over for the day so they can go back and tend their fields.

Bangkok has been wonderful and I love all of the great smells and Thai culture I’ve gotten to experience (and the food!).

Bugsly


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