And skipped the squatting toilets with ass shower
14.04.2011 34 °C
On Saturday we slept in, trying to catch up on some sleep. I also forgot my already trusted notebook (gift from Dima and Ksju, thanks again guys ) so I had to write everything up after we came back to the hostel.
We had a great breakfast of scrambled egg, toast, orange juice and tea at the hostel (they would add two baby bananas on later days).
After that, we made our way to the National Museum again. This time, we had to buy a 200 Baht ticket each (which is about 4 times the price locals pay, but still only around 5 euro), but at least we could check everything out. We estimated an hour or two, but ended up leaving the 40 room large museum at 16.00 instead of around lunch.
We started with the building that was said to contain the history of Thailand, but what it actually contained mostly, was a long, very long praise of all the kings of the country. Seriously people, the Thais love their king. I, personally, believe they are demi-gods: composing, writing literature and poetry, painting, sculpting, photographing and filming, all of them could do all of it and spectacularly good too, according to the information panes. Oh, and they were skilled strategists and leaders too, of course. You don’t believe me? Several of the kings got two museum rooms for their life stories and a little further into the museum, the seashell collections of the most recently deceased king was displayed.
Other things we saw included an insane amount of Buddha’s. They made us eye roll around number 2.000, but we did manage to learn how to identify some of the postures. For example, he can be meditating, repelling fear, teaching, blessing, giving protection or – and there were a lot of these – subduing Mara. Once we've collected enough Buddha pictures, I will create a seperate post on this with explanations.
We also tried to see how the Thai identify their gods Shiva and Vishnu and Harihara, the result of the two gods merged. Ganesha had his own exposition, but having an elephant head, he wasn’t that hard to recognize to begin with. We strive to learn the features of more Buddhist gods along our way.
We missed one room of the museum, because it was ‘closed for lunch’, which made us laugh. But the room full of enormous golden palanquins and chariots (honestly, the entire museum room was blinding, so much gold) and the filthy cheap but tasteful meal at the museum restaurant, more than made up for it. Although I must confess, Gege accidentally stole my Pad Thai (which was tasteful) and I got his dish (which consisted of something green in a slimy sauce (and was rather weird and not that good). But oh well, I got tasty (although peppery) vegetable soup, while he was rewarded with hot and sour soup that was so hot, it made him cough and he didn’t finish it for stomach safety. So all was fair in the end .
We were stumped several times in our search for a toilet by meeting squatting toilets with a shower for your ass instead of toilet paper. And I might not have a choice later, but while in civilized Bangkok, I’m opting for toiletpaper.
After our prolongued tour of the museum – during which we were, unfortunately, not allowed to take pictures – we got on a boat to cross the Chao Praya river into Chinatown. It was not the hustle and bustle we expected, but then again, we arrived around closing time. We did find a fun restaurant to eat: a Chinese chain named Texas.
On our way back to the hostel, we picked up some fresh pinapple and enjoyed some nice evening scenes.
The evening was mostly spend on selecting and editing pictures, but we also took a short walk, during which we were surprised by an outdoor and apparently free aerobics class. Now I'm no stranger to gyms, but this was a bit high level for me.
You Tube link.
Also, if any of you have any questions whatsoever about Thailand, the people, the culture, the weather etc. Feel free to ask. I will do my best to answer.
Time spent in Asia: 2 day
Number of sights seen: 4