We are having trouble locating ourselves, but we are sure we are on the right track— heading south
Bangkok round two was a bit more enjoyable. We were able to meet up with our friends Tom and Lalita from Varanasi for a day in Chinatown and Siam square which was a delight. On Saturday, aside from having to endure a flash monsoon at the Taling Chan floating market, we spent most of our first day back wandering the massive Chatuchak market to the north and relaxing in the park observing the fully lit crematorium that has been built for the late Princess Galyani, the only daughter of King Rama VI, who passed away last year and who’s ceremony is tomorrow.
Today after climbing the Golden Mount, a Buddhist temple and centerpiece in the heart of Bangkok with a 360 degree panoramic view, we visited the Wat Ratchanatdaram Worawihan Temple next door. Actually a replica of one in India, the temple was built during the reign of Rama III and it’s architecture is so that it represents the 37 virtues leading to enlightenment. We think that it must have rubbed off on us a little.
After a quick stroll through the knick-nacky Khlong Thom market, a rest in the park, and a pass through the Giant Swing we called it a day. Tomorrow our adventure will take us down the peninsula to even balmier weather and beautiful beaches. Bye bye Bangkok!