Yellow Fever - Long Live The King
by Pete Adams
(Bangkok, Wednesday 5th December 2007)
I met up with a group of couchsurfers this morning for a guided tour. We visited a couple of temples with huge gold Buddha's, wandered through Chinatown then took a boat along the river. After lunch (less than £1 including a beer - sorry, I still cant get over how cheap the food is) we continued to the Grand Palace.
The crowd was like a sea of yellow. Everyone (well, probably 90%) was wearing yellow, which is the National colour, to celebrate the Kings 80th birthday.
We hung around for a couple of hours waiting to get a glimpse of the King, but that's all we did get as he passed in his Limo escorted by about 20 red BMW's and umpteen police cars and motorbikes. A ceremony inside the palace followed this so we retired to a bar and watched the rest on T.V. Before venturing outside for the fireworks.
The night was rounded off after dinner by visiting Gazebo's night club. A big vote of thanks goes to Kevin for organising the day. I made a several friends and may well meet up again with some over the next few months.
Tommorow I think will be a day of relaxing before catching the overnight train to Chaing MaiBangkok, Thursday 6th December 2007
I tried to book train or bus to Chaing Mai but all were fully booked, so on a whim I booked an overnight bus to Laos (country bordering the North of Thailand). I leave in 2 hours and am about to meet up with Ben, an American couchsurfer I met yesterday. He's a fellow Tilley Hat owner who's been travelling for about a year and has been to Laos doing some rock climbing.