The only full day in Bangkok was dedicated to temples. After spending 1.5 hrs in a cab (of which 20 min were wasted at one red light!!!!) and traveling only 7 out of 9 km, we gave up and walked the last 2 km. The Grand Palace was the first stop. There was some event or holiday on that day because the entire Thailand seemed to be going to the Grand Palace. After about 2.5 hrs, we finally made it inside the palace and it was worth it. The intricacy of the temple decorations is unbelievable. I really regretted not having my cammy.

So much gold everywhere
So much gold everywhere
Different types of roofs
Different types of roofs
So pretty!
So pretty!

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We found an empty alley!
We found an empty alley!

Next we walked to Wat Pho, famous for the giant reclining Buddha and believed to be the birthplace of Thai massage. You really need a wide angle lens to capture all 46 m (150 ft) of the reclining Buddha in one shot.

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There were also 108 smaller Buddhas, one for each of Buddha's characteristics
There were also 108 smaller Buddhas, one for each of Buddha’s characteristics
They are not a good example of what to wear in a temple :)
They are not a good example of what to wear in a temple 🙂

Lastly we took a short boat ride across the river to Wat Arun temple. This is another beautiful place with its distinctive tall pagoda/tower covered in bits of porcelain.

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Wat Arun
Wat Arun

We used public transportation to get back to the hotel. That was an experience in itself! We were so pooped by the end of the day, but when we saw the delicious buffet in the hotel’s restaurant we were in heaven. It felt like we were eating for the first time in forever and it was all so delicious. Thanks JW Marriott!

We ventured out to Sky Bar one night after work. The bar became famous after it appeared in the Hangover movie. Such a tourist trap! If you go there, make sure you tell them you want to go to Sky bar when you exit the elevator at the top, otherwise they take you to a different, smaller bar on the opposite side of the building. They stick a menu in your face and wait for you to order a drink immediately before you realize you’re in the wrong place.

There is always traffic in Bangkok!
There is always traffic in Bangkok!
Bangkok from the rooftops and from up-close.Crazy wiring!
Bangkok from the rooftops and from up-close.Crazy wiring!
Sky Bar and restaurant.
Sky Bar and restaurant.
$26 drink - probably the most expensive drink I've ever had! They claimed there was alcohol in it, I wasn't convinced :)
$26 drink – probably the most expensive drink I’ve ever had! They claimed there was alcohol in it, I wasn’t convinced 🙂

While I was working, E made his way to Ayutthaya and explored the ancient city. Such a contrast from the temples we saw in Bangkok.

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Wish I could've seen this in person
Wish I could’ve seen this in person
Buddha hiding in the tree. I would've got a close up shot, but E almost didn't take this picture, haha.
Buddha hiding in the tree. I would’ve got a close up shot, but E almost didn’t take this picture, haha.
All the finishes are gone leaving only the bricks.
All the finishes are gone leaving only the bricks.

The first office location I visited for work was in Bang Pa In (near Ayutthaya), so on the last day we got out earlier for a little sightseeing.

We cruised around Bang Pa In Palace because it was too hot to walk ;)
We cruised around Bang Pa In Palace because it was too hot to walk 😉
European looking bridge.
European looking bridge.
Interesting solution to cross the river
Interesting solution to cross the river
Wat Phanan Choeng temple in Ayutthaya has another giant Buddha (right). European Gothic style Wat Niwet Thammaprawat temple (left)
Wat Phanan Choeng temple in Ayutthaya has another giant Buddha (right). European Gothic style Wat Niwet Thammaprawat temple (left)
These are both Buddhist temples: traditional style Wat Phanan Choeng (left) and European Gothic style Wat Niwet Thammaprawat (right)
These are both Buddhist temples: traditional style Wat Phanan Choeng (left) and European Gothic style Wat Niwet Thammaprawat (right)
Stopped to feed the elephants some cucumbers
Stopped to feed the elephants some cucumbers
They looked pretty sad :(
They looked pretty sad 🙁

Next up – Malaysia!

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December 29, 2017

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