03.03.2010 35 °C
The first thing I have to say about Bangkok is that it is very hot and humid even at night the temperature only drops to 25.
We are staying in the Phachara Suites, 3 minutes walk off the main Sukhumvit Road in the city centre, this area is always busy with people and traffic, there are many bars, and markets stalls along the streets and young Thai ladies line all the streets being friendly to any European men they see.
The night life seems to be much more active here, and our first evening we went out about 10.30 to wander along and soak up the atmosphere, the bars were busy, with many temporary roadside bars serving drinks from the back of vans. There was a huge busy market and an endless line of traffic, and it was still hot and humid.
On Tuesday we got the Skytrain from Nana to Saphan Taksin and then got on the Chao Phraya river boat. We got off at the Maharaj Pier and wandered through the markets around the Grand Palace. Unfortunately the palace is closed to visitors at the moment but we were able to visit Wat Pho. This is the oldest and largest wat in Bangkok, originally built in the 16th century and then almost rebuilt in 1785 by King Rama I. As well as the largest reclining Buddha, it has the largest collection of Buddha images in Thailand.
On Wednesday we walked along Sukhumvit Road, cooling down every so often by popping into an air-conditioned shopping centre. By late afternoon we headed back to the hotel and sat around the pool for an hour or so. We had booked a hotel nearer the airport for tonight but are so impressed with the Phachara Suites that we decided to stay an extra night. The evening was spent at the Suan Lum Night Market via a walk through Lumpini Park (a real get away from all the traffic area). We got a Tuk-Tuk back to the hotel ready for our 3am trip to the airport.