Felt like three! If we would have planned any more to do today, we wouldn’t have had time to blink.
We began early with another amazing breakfast.. photo as promised:
If you know me, you know that I LOVE food, but am not a breakfast food fan.. well looks like Asians aren’t either! Ah what a treat!
After breakfast we headed to see the Golden Buddha, the world’s largest solid gold statue which weighs 5.5 tons and is about 10 feet tall.
Then we went for a stroll through Chinatown. But let me tell you.. I have been to Chinatown in a few cities in America, but this was a completely different experience. No fake purses or watches being sold here! It was a place truly for locals to buy their groceries and everyday household items.. which to us are really not so everyday.
I also learned something new while I was in Chinatown today. It is Chinese tradition for when someone dies to bring paper representations of material goods they used while alive to their funeral and burn them. There was shop after shop of paper models of planes, watches, phones, crock pots, coffee makers, cars, shoes, clothes, anything you could imagine.
After Chinatown we went to visit the Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace by Tuk Tuk. The compound that the palace is on is unbelievable. The colors, plants, layout, and intricate detail on every inch of every building is like nothing I have seen before. But of course.. I accidentally packed an extra tank top in my purse instead of a coverup so I got to wear a super stylish Hawaiian button-up shirt. Luckily I wasn’t the only one walking around with the island vibe.
After we finished exploring this astonishing palace, we moved on to a possibly even more breathtaking sight.. the “Reclining Buddha.” 154 feet long and 50 feet high. It is housed in a small building so hard to get a good photo of the whole thing but i was about as big as three of his toes.
Then we took a longtail boat for a ride through a few of bangkok’s 500 canals which are lined but slightly decrepit but incredibly interesting houses.
We ended the day with a punch.. or two.. or three..and some kicking..
At a Thai Kickboxing match. These guys were brutal! And the best thing about it was the crowd going crazy after each round placing bets with each other. They were yelling and throwing up hand signals all over, looked like a Thai version of wall street.
Photo overload? Never….! Just wait until tomorrow, we are visiting the floating market. Something I have wanted to see for years!