(by : Rosye Beadle)
When people want to relax, they might prefer a quiet place. I could say crowds were my daily bread, as my usual journey to and from my office was always accompanied with hustle. I filled my head with confidence that the crowds would vanish soon on my next holiday. Funny enough, I travelled to Bangkok, Thailand. Would I get my peace and quiet? No, the holiday time that I was dreaming to spend away from the crowds was changed.
Well, It was ok. I thought; let’s have a holiday with peace in mind. When my spouse and I arrived in Bangkok it was early in the day prior to the hotel checked in time, so we waited in the hotel’s restaurant with a nice view just on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, a major river in Thailand. While we sat, I checked the tourist destinations map and we planned our tourist expeditions to the main attractions. We also discovered that from our hotel we could use the river transport to reach many of the interesting spots and temples in an effortless way. We could avoid all the road traffic. Deal!
The first time I stepped down to the boat, I was attacked by a small bout of nervousness. It was not because of the large numbers of people who were in line to board the boats that worried me, but the people who already squeezed on the boat making it seem overladen.
After overcoming my nervousness, the journey on the river boat to each dock along the river and temples was fun. Actually for me this was the real journey. I soaked in the originality. On disembarking at several of the docks we had to pass through simple traditional markets to reach the tourist attractions. We took the time to taste the coconut water from a small coconut shell. There were lots of palm fruits displayed at the market, asking to be consumed.
Talking about Thai food, I enjoyed Tom Kha Kai (chicken in coconut soup) and seafood fried rice that was served in a pineapple.
One of the must see attraction to visit in Bangkok is The Grand Palace which is located in the heart of Bangkok. It is the biggest complex of historical buildings in the city. In walking around the complex I felt a great sense of the historical development of Thailand. We also visited several temples in Bangkok. I was captivated by the beautiful architecture of the temples. Each of them has its unique style. One of the temples I visited was Wat Po -The temple of the reclining Buddha. I remember when I was in that temple I stared longingly at the enormous reclining Buddha statue that is made of gold. It is the biggest gold Buddha statue I’ve ever seen.
The third day, we left Bangkok and flew to Kamala Beach, Phuket. I finally had my quiet time. At the beach I could still see a little part of the beach that was damaged by the Tsunami in 2004, but most of the beach was repaired. To reach the public beach from our hotel, they took us in a wooden Tuk Tuk. We followed the up and down roads. Try the shaky effect! When we reached the beach I was taken a back by the beautiful panorama. Just don’t forget to put on the sunblock! (rb14)
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