13.06.2012 - 16.07.2012
The flight from tokyo to bangkok was only 4h45m and it only cost around $230. My family friend Josh, from Japan decided to travel to Thailand with me, hes been here once so he knows whats good. The first day were here is all sightseeing.. well most atleast. First we went the The Grand Palace which is filled with government offices and the Chapel Royal of the Emerald Buddha besides the royal residences. This is known as the Grand Palace, in which the earliest edifices contemporary with the foundation of Bangkok were the two groups of residences named the Dusit Maha Prasat and the Phra Maha Monthian.
The next stop was The National Museum, which was originally established by King Rama V around the private collection of antiquities of his father King Rama IV (Mongkut) but more recently the museum still resembled more of an eclectic collection assembled from someone's attic, than a professionally managed presentation of Thai histor. It wasnt that great so we moved onto our next stop rather quick. The next stop is Santichai Prakan Park which is a small public park, approx. 1.28 hectares and has an excellent view of the nearby Rama VIII Bridge. Beside the park was the Phra Sumen Fort which is a national historic monument. We decided to walk over there next because this park was really just a scenic tourist spot.
The Phra Sumen Fort is the hexagonal-shape concrete fort built in the reign of King Rama I. It was built along with 13 other forts to protect Bangkok. When the fort was renovated a few years ago, the items found inside were collected and displayed in a museum on the top floor of the fort. We went up to visit but we it was closed.
Now before it got dark we travelled to Khao San Road and Bang Lamphu Community, This place was filled with tourists because it had the greatest deals on hotels and accomodations. They have pretty much everything on that road needed to survive and with the people working thier you have a nice friendly little community around you. I enjoyed thier hospitality very much as i settled in for bed.
The next day i head down to a beach not too far from Bangkok, it was about a 3 hour car ride but totally worth it, thier were not much tourists there yet it was very beautiful. It was called Koh Samet, i'll post a picture in a second. It was gorgeous, i dont remember the last time i took an actual relaxing vacation where you just lye on the beach at your all inclusive resort. Thats not really my style though i'd rather be going on adventures and exploring but this was a good change up. I made a sand castle with some of the local kids, it was so sweet. We stayed there all day relaxing because at night, they do this festival called Loi Krathong which is where everyone releases a floating lantern and it lights up the sky. It was absolutely magnificant, prettier than anything i’d ever seen.
Tomorrow im leaving Thailand and visiting India!