"" Thailand Favorite Tip by sa-mi

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Fondest memory: 18th June 2001 - update for 10th to 14th June

After we couldn't wake up anymore because we were so relaxed, we decided to head back to Bangkok. It was time for some serious tempeling (for those who don't know what this means, click on our Nepal report on the right of this window). For Michaels german hometjown area, the name of the game was: Wat wat wat! (Wat means in Thai 'Temple'). The first day we visited at least 7 temples and marvelled at the beautiful architecture and the unlimited use of gold. To make it brief, we saw a Buddah made completely out of green Jade, one out of 5.5 tons solid gold and one reclining Buddah 45 meters long and 14 meter high. Compared to Nepal, all temple complexes are 'very' clean and well maintained. Not to forget: we visited the National Teaching Headquarter of Thai-Massage which is at the same temple complex like the reclyning Buddah called Wat Pho! We both felt that they were rather breaking our bones!!!

The next highlight was chinatown. This area of Bangkok comprises a confusing and crowded array of juwellery, hardware, wholesale food, automotive and fabric shops as well as dozens of other small business. If you cannot withstand extended body contact as well as a sometimes unpleasant sights and smells of traditional fresh Thai Market - this is not the place you want to be! But for us, not showered for a week, it felt like at home. But enough is enough, time to move on, since we have another turn into Bangkok on our way towards the south. We packed our stuff, had a hearty breakfast and off we are on our way towards Chang Mai, the north of Thailand. Further updates to follow.

The Tuppies (colloquial term for Thai Yuppies).

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  • Written Aug 25, 2002
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