started our last day in Thailand with a visit to the Golden Mount at
Wat Saket. On top of the 79 meter high, artificially raised hill stands
a golden Chedi. Even in the morning the climb was quite taxing, but the
view from the top is worth the effort.
the golden Chedi on top of the hill
the ascent starts in the temple's green park
the view from the top
Royal Palace and Wat Phra Kaew in the distance
Later we took a
boat on Khlong Saen Saep to Pratunam in the East, where many of the big
shopping centres are located. The conductors sell the tickets balancing
at full speed on the boat's rim. Most of them were at least wearing
helmets, which is indeed a good decision considering the low bridges
being passed on the way.
We visited both MBK Center and Siam Paragon, the latter one of the
most exquisite shopping malls in Bangkok. All the luxury labels are
represented, and even Bentleys and Maseratis are for sale here.
However, the price level for designer clothes is the same as in
Europe. All in all we felt that we would not have missed much if we had
not come here, except for the boat cruise, of course. But this might
also be due to the fact that we generally don't care too much about
shopping and designer labels. Anyway, we liked the old part of Bangkok
at the river much better.
the helmeted conductor
MBK Center and traffic
We spent the rest of the day at the hotel and in the late afternoon
we went to Khao San Road once more to get some authentic food and fruit
shakes. Also, a banana roti had to complete the meal.
our papaya salad is being prepared
banana roti with egg
so many fruits, so little time left...
We ordered a taxi to the airport and around midnight our plane took off for Vienna. Sawasdee krap, Thailand!!!
To sum things up:
Thailand certainly was worth the trip! Even though I was no great Asia
enthusiast before, I really enjoyed everything from the cultural sights
beautiful nature and the delicious food. Thai people are so friendly
and helpful and now I can easily confirm what everybody had been
telling me all the time anyway: it is really easy to travel around on
your own, even for Asia newbies. However, it was very convenient having
booked all the domestic flights and accommodation ahead - in just three
weeks' time it would simply be too time consuming to look for a hotel
every couple of days.
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