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clarawara’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 23 Nov 2005

Location: Bangkok, Thailand

MapWell, I have been a bit lazy lately due to the extreme heat and cheap beer but I did eventually manage to get out and about and do some tourist things. If anyone is ever in Bangkok do as the guide book says and visit Kao San Road, it is full of pubs and clubs and local woman throwing themselves foreign men! It is also a great place to buy cheap T-shirts with slogans in Thai. One thing to avoid is the Tuk Tuk drivers offering a trip around the city for 20 baht. They are just rip off merchants.
The city is really easy and cheap to get around and some times it's just fun to walk around amongst the locals.
One of the biggest sites is the Grand Palace which is the Kings residence and is a huge collection of building all of which are covered in gold and sparkly bits. Personally I think he should just have bought a sports car (if you know what I mean)
Yesterday I went to Ayutthaya which is an island and also the former capital of Thailand. The Burmese sacked the city when they invaded so mostly it is all ruins of temples. There are some amazing temple ruins on the island although they can get a bit monotonous after a while. Photos are included.
Today was a leisurely ride down the river Mae Nam Chao Phraya to Central Pier and then I just walked around the small streets buying noodles and other snacks!