05 Jun Backpacking in Bangkok: Sweat, Spice and Sites
Posted at 11:29h in Southeast AsiaWritten by Amanda Martin and Samnang Pak, 2014 Southeast Asia Cities & Sanctuaries. Sawade-ka! Greetings from Thailand! The sun is shining and the sweat is dripping, the Southeast Asia Cities & Sanctuaries crew officially landed safe and sound in the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok. A few of our bags decided to take a detour and travel a little more, but all made it in time for the trek into Cambodia. We wasted no time and jumped right into a city tour of Bangkok, shaking off our jet lag through wandering instead of sleeping. We started our morning with a scavenger hunt for our taste buds of new and exotic fruits for breakfast or a spicy dish with a side of rice. The hustle and bustle of Bangkok, the Venice of Asia, won the group’s hearts over in no time. Exploring by river taxi, sky train, and the infamous Thai tuk tuk, we spent the day from dawn to dusk exploring. First stop, Wat Arun. Found on the back of the 10 Baht Thai coin, the temple is decorated with broken porcelain plates and bowls, during the early trading days and offers a fantastic view of the city with all the traffic crisscrossing the Chao Praya River. Despite the beauty of the temple, the highlight was undoubtedly when the group dressed up in traditional Thai gear for our first group photo. Nothing brings a group together like a little dress up party! The locals and tourists alike found our escapade entertaining! We are sure to be found in a few family photo albums around the world.