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Bangkok Round 2

Bangkok, Thailand

This was our second trip to Bangkok. Our friends Carina and Isaac had just moved to the city to attend school and we decided to stay with them for a few days before we headed back to the states. We had a great time and it was a fun sendoff. We did all the things that we never got around to doing the first time we were here. We made it to the Royal Palace, went to Wat Ureum. Went back to Mai Kaidee's this time just off Khao San road. The best part of the trip was being immersed in the culture around Carina and Isaac's apartment. For a reasonable price they found a place in a decent neighborhood equipped with fruit markets, mechanic shops and I even saw a sweat shop. It was all pretty developed though and retained a lot of culture.
I thought our last day was the most exciting. We found a cabbie that seemed nice but decided to take us on a joyride. We noticed this as we were crossing the bridge for a second time. He jipped us out of the equivalent of 1 dollar. No big deal. It turned out to be great though. We walked around and kind of ran into an off the map temple that was unreal. It had rock face surrounded by a moat with giant goldfish and an ancient turtle. After this great find we trekked mostly, to Wat Arum which overlooked the river, I forgot the name where we got some great views. Really a great way to end the trip.
Oh yeah, we also found the Chinatown in Bangkok to be really engaging. Lot's of great food little knick knacks for sale. It was bittersweet leaving after over 3 months on the road. We still had a New York City adventure awaiting for us.

permalink written by  zachel on June 3, 2009 from Bangkok, Thailand
from the travel blog: Zack and Rachel's Asian Chronicles
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