Day 4 - Mon 5 Apr 2004
Okay there's no two ways about it - I'm not a hot weather person -
at least not hot *and* humid. I have never sweated so much! Up early, breakfast, and out
onto the street. Walked down to 'Wat Pho', got in and took a guide called 'Tong' who
showed me around a breakneck speed!
The reclining Bhudda is amazing, as is the rest of Wat Pho. Then
moved onto the Grand Palace, had a look at the coin museum, and then got into the temple
itself. The buildings are cool - with lots of statues guarding things. Got to see the
Emerald Bhudda and inside the Dusit Maha Prasat hall.
After that I jumped into an air conditioned taxi (bliss!) and
headed back for a siesta - in the cool of the afternoon I headed out to get summit to eat,
and then took a taxi to Chinatown. But the driver couldn't speak English, but I used the
LP map to try to navigate. When I got out of the taxi I thought I was totally lost, but
after a bit I worked out I was slap bang in the centre of Chinatown! I'm sure the taxi
driver will be telling his family about the mad westerner he had in the cab!
After a hour or so I took a taxi back to the KS road - the drive
was something else. On a road with two lanes either way, and traffic backed up my driver
just drove down the wrong side of the road. When we started to queue in this lane, he
simply moved over into the next lane, and kept going!
From the safety(!) of the cab I spotted someone almost getting run
over by a horde of motorbikes as he crossed at a set of traffic lights.