Today we had a half day tour of Bangkok.
First of all we drove through Bangkok where our guide pointed out some of the sights including the King’s residence and the Grand Palace as well as telling us about the history of Siam.
Our first stop was Wat Pho, which is a Buddhist temple in the Phra Nakhon district of Bangkok. Wat Pho is home to the Reclining Buddha which is apparently the second largest in Thailand but the most beautiful. It’s made from cement and then covered in gold leaf with mother of pearl on it’s feet.
Aside from the giant Buddha there are lots of other statues and intricately designed temple buildings.
Next we went to Siam Museum, the museum focuses on the history of Thailand and it’s transition from ancient Siam to modern day Thailand. It was interesting and luckily a lot was in English.
After about an hour at the museum we were taken for some much needed lunch, and everyone was really happy to be told it would be at a pizzeria. (At the hotel we’ve mostly been having rice and fish curry, except curry is more like soup.)
So we had a feast of pizza, lasagne, pasta, garlic bread, chips & ice cream 😀
Then we headed back to the hotel for 2pm as everyone is still pretty jet lagged and exhausted from the intensive training week we’ve just had. Not to mention everyone has some kind of bug at the moment, personally I’ve had some kind of flu thing since Monday that is finally on it’s way out.
We’ll be checking out of the hotel Sunday around 9pm so we can take an overnight bus to Loei. I’ve been told we’ll arrive about 8am so it’s going to be a long one! Then we have a tour around Muang Loei with our co-ordinator called Sax, who’s lovely. We’re looking forward to checking out our apartment and where everything is in relation to us and the school ready for work later next week.
I don’t know what the internet situation will be so it might be a while before I update again or it might be Monday if we have it in our apartment 🙂