Thailand … Bangkok … Last Day …

Hey Everyone …

So welcome to the final instalment about our time in Thailand … your all probably glad its over … well here it is … we spent our final day in Bangkok in the wonderful company of Natt from Your Thai Guide … she was brilliant and spent the whole day with us taking us all over Bangkok and was really informative the whole time answering all our questions as they came up … Anyways here it is …

We woke up early on our final morning , got ready, checkout out and had some breakfast before our tour guide Natt arrived to meet us for our day tour around Bangkok …

After getting better acquainted we set off towards the metro and after a short ride we switched to taking the river taxi up to the Grand Palace … when we got there the roads outside the palace were closed off to traffic and the tourists were not being allowed into or out of the palace grounds …

Natt guessed that it was because a member of the Royal Family were coming past and soon it became clear that that was exactly what was happening … in this case it was the Princess who passed us by with her entourage …

Once she had been and gone we headed over to go into the Palace itself … but there was a mad rush at this point to get inside and the crowds were so large because of the restricted access before hand … so we decided to go onto the next part of the tour and come back to the Grand Palace after lunch when hopefully the crowds will have died down abit …

So we went down to the nearby riverside pier and booked onto a private canal tour for 2 hrs … we got on board and settled down for the ride … the boat took us deep into the canal system of the city and it was amazing to see all the traditional wooden houses along the edge of the canals as we went by … there were many small Wat’s (temples) along the way which were equally interesting to see …

The general rule is that animals cannot be killed near any of their Temples or Holy places which is why you see alot of cats, dogs and fish (where there is water) near them …

So we pulled up near one of the Wat’s we were passing and bought a loaf of  bread from a lady who was selling them and proceeded to feed the catfish in the water … watching them go crazy and jumping all over the place to get a chunk of the bread …

Although this seems to be a popular thing to do here and fish all looked to be really well fed and fat!

We carried on moseying around the canals for the rest of the two hours we had booked enjoying the views and occasionally asking Natt questions about what we saw along the way …

When we got back to the pier we had a spot of lunch nearby … and once we were fully fed and hydrated we headed on over to the Grand Palace … to have another stab at getting in without being squashed by the crowds …

This time we managed to get in and have a look around without any difficulty … Natt did really well to explain to us everything we saw and how the Palace grounds were split up into different areas … and giving us alot of information and historical background to the different things we saw along the way …

We saw the Emerald Buddha, loads of different statues and monuments … one of the Palace buildings had an uncanny resemblance to Buckingham Palace too … it was designed by the same architect to be an exact copy of Buckingham Palace but in the end they decided to go with a traditional Thai style roof to top it off …

By the time we finished up at the Grand Palace the three of us were pretty tired and worn out by the heat of the day … we headed over to a nearby coffee shop for some drinks and ice creams …

Following this we hopped into a Tuk Tuk and headed off to the MBK shopping centre … having spent all day out in the heat we opted for an afternoon of Air conditioning … Perry was looking for a new watch as his current one stopped working a couple days ago … but after having spent a couple hours browsing the stores Perry decided he wasn’t sure about any of the watches he’d seen and decided he wasn’t going to get anything in the end …

As it was starting to get late in the afternoon we headed back to the train station where we said goodbye to Natt and caught the Metro back to the hotel …

After taking the wrong train going in the opposite direction for a couple stops we finally got going in the right direction and soon got back to the hotel … With just enough time to get changed into some fresh clothes and hop into a taxi …

We got to the airport with plenty of time to make use of an airport lounge near our gate … plenty of yummy food and comfy bean bags helped while away the time before we had to head to our gate …

Our plane back to Dubai is one of the new airbus 380’s which are the huge double decker planes … Perry was explaining that they can only fly into and out of certain airports as they require a longer than average runway … the one downside to the extra large plane is the vast number of people waiting to get on it … especially a fully booked flight … it did take a while to get on board but everything was handled well and we took off on time too …

Our seat was in Row 52 so I assumed we would be right at the back of the plane in the tail end … but we weren’t even halfway … its crazy how big this plane is … our seats were actually infront of the wing! … another bonus was the screens are bigger than the average screen on the back of a plane seat … which made watching the movies abit better … Perry had also managed to get us the extra leg room seats which was greatly appreciated …

All of this aside … I felt the best thing about the plane was how safe it felt as it took off … you could barely feel it … it felt really sturdy … I have no other way of explaining the feeling of it … the flight was generally uneventful … watched a couple movies and had dinner …

I inadvertently had been using the cabin crew toilet for the whole flight … which I only found out about at the end of the flight when a member of the crew asked me if I was a member of the Emirates flight crew … when I said no they then asked why I had been using their toilet … I had no idea it was the crew’s specific toilet … there were no signs saying this and no one stopped or told me throughout the flight … it was slightly embarrassing but also funny at the same time … Perry thought the whole thing was hilarious …

Overall we had a great time in Thailand … an amazing experience and I’d love to come back and explore it in more depth … as much as I would have loved to have had more time there I was also really glad to be going home … I’d really missed the kittens and couldn’t wait to see them again …

Thanks for following the posts on about our time in Thailand … will get back to posting about our lives and the kittens again soon …

Till next time …

Mina X

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