May 04, 2013

Thailand photo diary - Part 1

I travelled to Thailand last week with my mum, and it was amazing! The people were friendly, the food was delicious (not to mention super cheap!), the monuments were breathtaking and the culture was so rich. 

We landed in Bangkok - the "city of life" and I immediately noticed the heat. It was a scorching 35'C (95'F) and it only got hotter during the week. Bangkok is definitely the city for shopping - the night markets were super cheap and had all the brands you could imagine, and the surrounding flashy shopping malls stocked the more for high-end designer labels. It was without a doubt a lively city buzzing with energy. We visited the many temples and monuments in the city, including the Marble Temple, the Grand Palace and Wat Pho (reclining Buddha).

We took a tong tail boat and cruised along the Chao Phraya river, which is the main river that runs through Bangkok. You could see so many gorgeous temples and monuments, including the Wat Arun Buddhist temple.
 We also travelled to the east near the border of Burma (Myanmar) and got to see the Thailand-Burma Railway, which was built by thousands of labourers and prisoners of war under the Empire of Japan during WWII. It was such a historic place quite chilling to see how brutally these prisoners of war were treated in the camps. We got to walk on the railway bridge, which was on the River Kwai and a train even passed by! Perfect timing :)
 Another fun trip was to the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi. This was one of the places I was REALLY looking forward to visiting. I absolutely love animals and Bengal tigers are one of my favourites. We got to walk them, pat them, take photos with them and even play around with the cubs. It was such a memorable experience and the tigers were so calm and friendly!
 

Stay tuned for more pics in Part 2!
Have you ever been to Thailand? Where did you go and what sights did you see?