Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Being a tour guide

Being a tour guide in Bangkok for a few days was fun. As I've been in Bangkok 4 separate times, I already have a few points of interests I know, a few favorite spots and a general global view of the city. But really not so much, as the city is hugely enormous.

MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art

MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art

But then my friend who came over mockingly said to me I didn't know a thing about Bangkok, which is pretty true. But I think I could show her as much as she showed me in her home city of Ho Chi Minh City or Saigon.

Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Anyway, in 3 days we only managed to visit the MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art), Wat Pho or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and Wat Arun or the Temple of Dawn. We also visited my friends at Speak-Easy Cafe and Backpackers and a few other good locations.

Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha

Wat Pho, Temple of the Reclining Buddha

The museum contains some great art but has a definite buddhist incentive. After a while, I got enough of certain styles. But a few paintings were really beautiful to me.

I visited Wat Pho for the third time, and the second this year. Although I didn't plan on coming back so soon. It's my favorite temple in Bangkok. I really love the huge reclining buddha and the sound of the thousand coins being dropped into tens of bowls for good luck and good fortune.

Waiting for the boat at Tha Thien

The Temple of Dawn is different of traditional buddhist temples in Bangkok and Thailand in general. First of all, it's quite small, and second of all, you can climb to the second stage of the central tower. It reminds me more of some temples in Angkor Wat, now that I can compare.

Antipasti por due at Brio

We drove around town quite a bit using tuk-tuks, the BTS or skytrain, taxis, boats and ferries.

On the way to Wat Arun (in the back)

With Ngala from the top of Wat Arun

On evening when I really didn't want to eat Thai food, and had a taste for a pizza, we found out about the Brio which turned out to be an excellent choice. It's maybe a little bit expensive, as I paid roughly 4'000 Baht for the meal with a nice bottle of wine, but it was worth it. Danilo, the Italian chef is marvelous and is passionate about his work.

Coming down from Wat Arun

Meeting friends at Speak-Easy

I spent an excellent 3 days with the lady.