glitters, it's gold.
on the streets
I wanted to get in to the spirit
of things in Bangkok, so I took a tricycle tuk tuk ride around the
downtown. Once was enough. I never knew what was a fair
price to negotiate, and I found it cheaper, easier, and breathable
in a metered taxi.
There were so many wats and
Buddhas. The Grand Palace was a huge complex and so beautiful!
But, my favorite destination required a hop on a boat across the Chao
Phraya River to the most amazing temple, Wat Arun, the temple of dawn.
It was incredibly decorated with ceramics and porcelain. But,
if that wasn't enough, the place was crawling with monks.
In the northern part of the
city across from a big bus terminal was an outdoor market. It
was bigger than expected. It had everything from exotic animals
to Thai crafts and Coke memorabilia to Native American carvings.
It was well worth checking out as was also any Asia Book store.
But, my favorite place for shopping was the King's Antique Shop.
It had reproductions and stolen treasures from across Southeast Asia.