Floating market in Damnoen Saduak - Wat Phra Keo - Pantip Plaza - Siam Paragon - getting lost in Bangkok
28.02.2012 - 28.02.2012 40 °C
A one hour taxi ride will take us to a famous floating market.
At first, it is very touristy and a bit disappointing but then we find a great small Wat (temple) where we get introduced with the 9 weekly Buddhas.
The 2h boat ride is great and we have fun giving food to big fishes, watching a Thai dance show and buying used orange sunglasses for too big a price...
The Grand Palais is... Grand.
Too much for me but I enjoy the fresques under the promenades and watching the monks praying to the Emerald buddha in the Wat Phra Keo itself.
Apparently, it is common that tuk-tuk drivers tell you that the Grand palais is closed to take you to other spots in the city (although it is open 7/7...). You need long pants and a decent top to enter. We were really burning with heat at this point...
We go to the Rajata hotel to meet with Igor and Flo and we play with Flo's new game: a Jenga game bought at the floating market and eat papaya salad and pad thai. Miam.
I leave my favorite worn-out pants to an Indian tailor to get 2 copies of them.
We then ride a tuk-tuk to Pantip Plaza, the electronic city supermarket of Bangkok.
We spend a lot of time looking at the iphone cases, buying fake games and applications for pc and mac and a bunch of other useful (?) stuff...
We then head to the Siam Paragon where we enjoy the big vertical garden designed by Jean Nouvel and try to find Shiseido creams for Manue. We leave Igor and Flo to go to the hotel to gather some strength.
We take a tuk-tuk back to the tailor for my pants, then took another one and got lost to go to eat at the food market and then got lost again walking and then desperately took a taxi back to the hotel (no one wanted to drive us there..).
Flo lost his phone in the taxi taking us to Siam but realized it in the last taxi... We went to have dinner close to the hotel at a seafood place.
A bit of a bitter end to the day, although nothing too serious.