A crazy city
26.09.2007 - 27.09.2007 33 °C
I'm settling in much better now. The adrenaline of the culture shock has worn off a bit, and I was feeling a bit of jetlag yesterday, but it's been fairly easy to adjust. Bangkok is a very busy city with no coherent plan on where streets go, it's very scattered. It's also very polluted. It still has charm though and it's growing on me, but I won't be sad to leave on Saturday.
It's been pretty difficult to meet people, even though the Khao San Road area is buzzing with tourists. I found out that a lot of Europeans come here like North Americans go to Mexico, so everyone is kind of already in their own little bubble. However, I did manage to meet some people a couple nights ago. This girl noticed my maple leaf tattoo on my leg and we started talking, turns out she was from Langley, and she went to high school in Abbotsford! Of all the people, the first ones I meet grew up literally minutes away from me. Small world.
Yesterday I got my first Thai massage, which was fantastic. For 180B (about $6), I got an hour long massage fom head to toe. It was great, the masseuse digs her elbows into you, twists your body, and generally loosens you up. It hurts a bit, but afterwards I was incredibly relaxed.
Today I went to Grand Palace and Wat Pho, two of the main tourist attractions in Bangkok. Grand Palace was built in the 1700's and used to house the King, but now it's just an attraction, visited by Thais and tourists alike. Wat Pho houses the massive Reclining Buddha. It's huge, something like 75 metres long by 45 metres tall. Definitely the highlight of the day. I took a motorcycle taxi to get there, which I was very hesitant to do, but it was a lot of fun. You are basically on the back of the bike weaving through traffic at 70 km/h. There are lines on the road but no one really obeys them.
Here are some pictures of the past couple days. I'll only post a few because it takes a while to upload:
This is a tuk-tuk, a three wheeled taxi. The drivers are very agressive, it's best to just keep your limbs inside and trust them. I just realized you can see me in the mirror.
This is the street I'm staying on, Soi Rambutri.
This is the infamous Khao San Road.
My first Thai meal! Beef noodle soup with a cold Beer Chang.
A sleeping cat. Stray cats and dogs are EVERYWHERE. Very hard to get used to.
This is the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. It's amazing and the pictures hardly do it justice.
This was at Grand Palace, there are loads of these statues.
This was one of the many structures at Grand Palace.
This is most likely the last post I'll make until after October 11th. I head down to Surat Thani on Saturday for the meditation retreat, so wish me luck! I'll need it. I hope everything is well back home, I really, really miss the Vancouver air. Thanks for all the comments!