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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Day 2: Bangkok city tour

We took a cab to Sanam Luang where the demonstrations were held recently. From here, the Grand Palace and temples are within walking distance. We passed the Democracy Monument on our way there.

Democracy Monument

Sanam Luang

Wat Phra Kaew

It is in the same compound as of the Grand Place

Grand Palace

Wat Pho

Located at another side of Grand Palace

Wat Arun

This is just across the river from Tha Tien port.

Chao Phraya river

Tha Tien port

Chao Praya river

Don't underestimate this home owner, just count how many cars he owned... :P

Nothing much to see at the river, it's all muddy and depressing.

Next, we stopped at the Oriental port (there is an Oriental Hotel nearby, so we go there to refresh ourselves). The hotel is one of the earliest hotel built in Bangkok, and has been refurbished for a few times which is why it still looks every inch a 5-star hotel. From here, we took a cab for our massage at Health Land Spa at Sathorn.

The spa is actually a two-floor bungalow. It looked exclusive, there was even a doorman to greet us when we arrived. The building interior gave us a cosy feeling and the staff was very friendly too. Traditional Thai massage only cost 350 B (SGD 14) for two hours and the massage really felt so good. We won't be able to get any deals like this in Singapore. For reservation, it cost 450 B. I called first to check whether any reservation was needed because sometimes they were fully booked. They also had a 10 times package which cost 2500 B.

We had our dinner at T & K in Chinatown (near 463 or 453 Yaowarat Rd). As advised, we ordered seafood dishes like prawns, crabs and crab omelette. Six giant prawns only cost SGD6, crab cost around SGD8 (not very good, the size is quite small). Next time, I'll just order two portions of prawns :P

After dinner, we headed to Patpong. It's a night market with all the sleazy bars and pubs. Nothing much to see here, they were selling the same things as MBK.

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