21.12.2008 - 25.12.2008 28 °C
We went to the weekend market soon as we got there on Sunday - the market sold everything from clothes, jewelery and shoes to food, furniture and plants - didn't buy much as most of it was the same kinda stuff we had seen everywhere else in Thailand.
On Monday - we went to see some temples around Bangkok in a tuk tuk (their local rickshaws), we then wanted to go to the Siam square (where the shopping is) and the driver wasn't having any of it and wanted to take us to a jewelery shop - when we refused, he said he wouldn't take us anywhere, we were then left stranded in the middle of nowhere - we asked around and managed to get a taxi to the Siam square.
There's a scam in Thailand with Tuk's Tuk's - they persuade you to go into jewelery shops and if you refuse to buy anything - they lock you in and insist you buy something before letting you out - luckily we didn't fall for it and that was the last time we took a tuk tuk again!
We finally managed to get to Siam Square - there was 2 shopping malls - one full of designer clothes and the other was the MBK centre which sells local goods and is massive with 8 floors. We had falafel there (which was a nice change to the usual thai food) and then we went to watch 'The Day the Earth stood still' which was good.
On Tuesday we went to see the floating markets in the morning - this is where all the locals do their trade by boat - they sell all fruit and veg there - its more of a tourist attraction now than local's actually doing their shopping there. We then went to see the bridge over River Kwai and we went to WW2 memorial.
We then we to an indian restaurant called 'Indian Hut' - indian food has never tasted so good - we have deffo been missing it.
On Wednesday, we went to the Grand Palace - which is deffo worth seeing - saw the lavish palace and the throne - was really nice. We then went to a few bars to celebrate xmas eve.
On Thursday we joined our tour to go Cambodia.