September 4, 2016
After our first night in Bangkok, we woke up pretty early and took a tuk-tuk to Khao San Road. It was my first ride EVER on a tuk-tuk, and I’m happy to say that we had a chill driver. I didn’t fear for my life, woohoo!
We had breakfast (eggs and rice) and went to book a few of our flights. TIP: If you’re planning on taking flights within Thailand, try to book them beforehand! When we were planning our trip, we found flights for as little as €27 a person, but we didn’t want to book them yet because we thought it’d be cheaper to book them locally. Big mistake! We ended up paying spending about three times as much as we could have. It still wasn’t a lot, don’t get me wrong, but as a broke student it would have been nice to be able to save a little more!
Then we took a longtailboat and saw the “real” Bangkok. We sailed throught the Klongs and the Chao Phraya River and experienced how people really live. The houses we saw were almost like ruins and in some places, trash took over most of the river. At one point we even passed a dead dog that was just floating there, rotting, a few meters from children playing in the river. It was quite shocking!
After the hour-long boatride, we visited the Wat Pho Temple. I had forgotten long pants, so I quickly went to buy a shawl at a local shop. Only 100 baht! What a steal! The Wat Pho Temple is also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. It was my first time seeing an actual temple and it was so so so beautiful. Words can’t describe the beauty in every small detail of these temples. It’s just magical, really!
We then went to Sanam Luang, a big field which is used as a cremation-site for Thai royals, and cooled off with some ice cream. Our day continued with a trip to Wat Saket (Golden Mount) where our tuk-tuk driver so graciously scammed us and drove off. The view from the top of Wat Saket made everything okay, though! I mean, look at this:
After that, we went to our Airbnb and took a cold shower (yes, a cold one!) and put on some fresh clothes. We then went to Siam Center, one of the many gigantic malls in Bangkok, and ate sushi and Korean bbq for dinner.