I was having a chance to explore Bangkok & Pattaya in Thailand with three of my friends!! Thailand’s ancient name is Siam and it is a kingdom. The first impression was Bangkok is a lot like Jakarta, only different in the language and the writings. Even our faces looks alike, which lead to wrong perception that we are local civilians. But then, as you see more, many differences can be found. The traffic is less than Jakarta because there is sky train in Bangkok. Also, as most people in Bangkok are budhist, life is more liberal there, unlike in Indonesia whose people mostly moslems..
The foods are asian taste and many foods made from pork. Because we can eat pork, we were very happy there. And the foods are cheap!
So the travel began with a morning in Lumphini Park, a big park in the heart of Bangkok, which Jakarta doesn’t have and I think will never have. It has a lake. Many people go there to do some sports or meet with friends. Many benches and gazebos available there.
After had lunch, we went to Chatuchak Market to bought some souvenirs.. Then.. in the night we went to Ladyboy Show!!! It’s a cabaret show, the famous one on Bangkok named Calypso. There is Tiffany Cabaret in Pattaya or Simon Cabaret in Phuket. But, as we stayed in Bangkok, we went to Calypso Cabaret Show. What is unique, this show is mainly played by transgender people, they used to be men and now their appearance is just like women, and beautiful! It is common in Bangkok to see transgender even in the city streets. So they are dancing, or playing a drama using lyrics in a song lip sing. The show was great!
The next day we went to the famous Grand Palace. There are so many temples and pagodas there. Most have great details and gold color painted. You can’t wear short or sleeveless shirt there. Some places require you to take off your shoes. The number of temples is more than ten I guess, We didn’t through it all.
Inside the temples, the wall is well painted until the top. The paintings mostly about situations in ancient kingdom.
Well.. that’s the first 2 days of the trip.. In the next post, maybe I’ll continue with Madame Tussauds Bangkok, Pattaya Beach and Dinner Cruise at Chao Praya river.. Well, actually, as soon as we arrived in Madame Tussauds.. my camera was run out of the battery.. so all the pics is in my friend’s camera now.. hehehe..