Big thing. My first real Asia, and probably first trip that I might actually remember. I am 5 already, big enough to take part in planning a trip. Mommy says that a secret of happy time on trips is giving everyone what they want. That means that we will equally do things for adults and things for kids. That should work. I got some tips and warnings – always smile and be nice to others and always stay close to parents. These are two main rules, but along the way, there were many more of them. I was explained that different continent doesn’t mean just different language, but different culture as well, and some things or situations for me are gonna be completely new and unknown. As for my parents as well. But let’s start so I can show you what Asia meant and did to me.
On the left: mommy’s toys. On the right: all of our clothes for 15 days – yes, all for two of us! I think it is not enough, but at the end it will be more than we needed.
4 airports, 3 flights, and many travelling hours. Everyone were worried if I can do it. And I did it! Longest flight was my bed time.
We changed on plane before getting to hotel where we got warmest welcome. Some flowers, lemon grass tea, ice cream and lots of smiles for me.
View from our hotel room. I don’t know what to think.
It sure looks big. Daddy says that more than 8 million people live in this town, almost 50 times more than in my home town!
But let’s go! We have no time to waste. We know where are we going, as matter of fact I picked this place weeks ago. It is Art in Paradise, interactive art museum.
Fun place for entire family, we had really good time here, all of us.
I felt like in some world of magic, everything looked so real!
Then we got tired and decided to leave. But I would come back here for sure!
Time to get around. Art in paradise is inside Esplanade Mall, and outside is hot and busy.
Just around corner is small street food market, so we decide to stop there and eat, even though is so hot we are all sweating.
On every table is fresh bottle of water offered, just what we need.
Mom and dad are gonna try local beer.
I’ve been told that here in Bangkok, street food markets are places with best food, and literally every street has tables and some food to offer.
This is our order. I am not sure that they knew what are they ordering.
As I am one little picky person when it comes to food I am not so happy with this. White rice and some chicken is gonna be my choice.
Mom and dad enjoyed everything.
Just in case, we took some food with us to hotel.
And some strange, to us unknown fruit. Mangosteen, mom’s new fav fruit.
So, if yesterday we did my things, today we are going to do things for adults.
We are visiting Wat Pho, Buddhist temple complex, one of the largest in the city.
Some rules to walk the temples – no shoes inside, adults need to cover up elbows and knees , no pointing with fingers or feet and and I should’t touch Monks if I see them. And, take it easy.
I was explained a little bit about Buddha and different religions, but I still don’t get it. I am expecting to see real Buddha somewhere around.
Aaaand.. there it is! Biggest thing I have ever seen!
This is Reclining Buddha, giant statue 46 metres long, 15 meters high and is covered in gold leaf.
I have never seen something so big and shiny, and beautiful from every angle.
Such a beautiful place to explore.
There are 4 chapels with 394 Buddha images around here.
Golden Buddha in lotus position, from different parts of Thailand.
And we found temple with monks and Buddhist ceremony.
At this point I got really tired. And hot.
I like museums and art galleries. Now I know that I like temples as well.
We are late for dinner, so hotel called tuk tuk instead of taxi, that way we are gonna be faster.
Wow wow, these are my colours! Tuk tuk is my favourite thing here in Bangkok!
It is daddy’s birthday. And this was probably strangest dinner ever. Dad was sweating and mom was crying.
They said food was too much spicy, don’t know, it looked interesting to me.
And I? I played safe, had simple rice and chicken again.
My day today again! We are going to Kidzania, situated in Siam Discovery mall, and on the way to there we stumbled on art from Bangkok Biennale.
What a colourful mall!
And now finally Kidzania! I am not so excited about this, simple because I should get in alone, without parents, and play with kids that I don’t know on the languages I don’t understand.
I am little nervous, but decided to try and see.
Just to make you understand, Kidzania is city for kids, where we can play working like adults. We are earning money that we can spend on other activities, and we are learning how things in big world work.
Guess what? I loved it! I didn’t understand much, but I had so much fun. I spent more than 4 hours here and I didn’t want to leave.
And I tried it all!
Getting out tonight I have to give my respect to Water Goddess as it’s Loy Krathong festival tonight. We also apologised for polluting the waters.
“Loy” means “float”, and a “krathong” is a special Thai floating sculpture particular to the holiday. The traditional krathong is made of a banana tree trunk, and decorated with folded banana leaves and flowers in towering designs.
Traditionally, Thai people release their krathongs into rivers and small canals, but any kind of water is fine, even this small pool in front of the hotel.
Perfect ending of our last night in Bangkok. Tomorrow we are leaving the city and hitting the beaches, but we will get back in a week again.
Good night Bangkok, see you soon!