Of the 4 days we spent in Bangkok, 3 were spent shopping, but 1 day was spent going around for the city tour that came with the package. We were taken around the city, but the highlight was the river tour. We rode the bus, then we were taken to the port, where we boarded the boat to take us to the tourist spots around the river.
The main attraction was this place where we found the token temples and Buddhas that Thailand is famous for. There was a prayer area near the entrance where you can send your prayers while holding incense.
And of course there were those steep climbs up the many stairs around the different temples.
It’s not so much the difficulty in climbing for me, it’s more of the height, coupled with little steps. Having a bad case of fear of heights, I could only manage to go halfway, before I started getting a cold sweat and imagining falling with each step. Me no likey.
Some of us climbed all the way, some climbed midway, some stayed on the ground, but mostly we acted like tourists and goofed around as we took tons of pictures.
It was fun, to not be too serious in taking photos, but just having fun with the monsters.
After we’ve had enough of the punishing heat, aggravated by all the climbing we did, we boarded the boat once again, and headed back to shore. And just like any other city tour, we were brought to shops hoping to wrench from our clenched fists, money hard-earned, and we hope, well spent. We were taken to a leather store which sold all sorts of bags and wallets and anything imaginable that can be made of leather of all types: cows, snakes, lizards, stingray, etc. They also brought us to a jewelry store, enough to drive anyone who’s into sparklies (I’m not, so I found it boring), into paroxysms of pleasure.
After almost a day of walking, we still spent the rest of the day shopping. And the rest of our stay in Bangkok…shopping, shopping, and SHOPPING. Outside of the generous allowance we were given, I only spent $50 during our entire stay. Like I said, I hardly shopped. I mostly tagged along my 2 college buddies, Jude Rocha and RaffyB. We also checked out the other famed red light district of Bangkok, Soi Cowboy. They said Patpong was too seedy to visit, so we opted for the “safer” alternative, much like Reno as opposed to the flashier Las Vegas. Apparently, they don’t do those ping-pong shows anymore. You can, but you’d have to go to those private shows which is quite dangerous, because you don’t really know what will happen if you go with them. So everyone just ended up drinking — yes I had water, which made the waitress giggle everytime she passed by me.
It was really a treat hanging out with the monsters in Bangkok. So we’d really like to thank the RX bosses for taking us to the city of smiles, and here’s hoping we have another great year this year, even better if possible, so we can do this again next year, in another wonderful far away place.
When we get back from Hong Kong, I’ll post some of the non-RX pics that I took of the city.