Monday, May 4th, 2015
Waking up I was thinking about spending the whole day working on pictures and the blog. That way I could rest, take a shower, and not be incredibly sweaty for the train ride. Jessica, however, had another idea 🙂
Around 9 am we set off for The Golden Mount. We would have been fine taking a tuk tuk, but all of the ones we asked wanted WAY too much for the short distance we needed to go. So we just kept walking…
Views along the way:
Once we got to the Golden Mount we paid the 20 baht for admittance and started climbing the stairs. I am pretty sure even the most athletic person will agree that stairs SUCK! Now add above average temperature and above average humidity and you create an insane workout. Thank goodness there were sights and benches along the way so that we could stop and rest!
On the way up:
Once we got to the top my heart was thumping. But….it was definitely worth it 🙂 Check out the views!
From the top of The Golden Mount:
Once are hearts were back to a normal rate, and we had taken enough photos we started the descent.
With the Golden Mount checked off, it was time to hit the next stop. Jessica wanted to explore Lumpini Park on the East side of Bangkok. Not wanting to walk (twice as far was we walked on Sunday) and not wanting to spend money on a cab or tuk tuk, Jessica found a local bus line that would take us exactly where we wanted to go.
I was pleasantly surprised with the bus.
1. It only cost 7 baht! (about 20 cents USD)
2. with all the windows down it was a very comfortable temperature.
Local Bus Views:
By the time we made it to the park, pretty unimpressed and SO HUNGRY. If you in Bangkok I am sure the park it is a great place to walk/ride bikes, but as a tourist there wasn’t much to look at. The park map said that there was a food court so we headed in that direction. Guess what? The food court was closed. BOO. My stomach was literally growling at this point, I would say a bear growl to be exact. We were told there was some food outside the park, so with a little bit more walking we found ourselves at a little restaurant with, AIR CONDITIONING and a very clean BATHROOM. WIN.
During lunch I suggested our next stop be the Jim Thompson House. Jim Thompson was an American businessman who helped revitalize the Thai silk industry in the 1950s and 1960s. The house he built in Bangkok was the “talk of the town”, and after his disappearance (he just vanished in Malaysia) his house was donated to the Thai government to be used as a museum. We wanted to try the sky train and this just happened to be off of the last stop. WIN.
The Jim Thompson house was really nice, but very touristy. It reminded me a lot of my Falling Water visit (insert link) where there were guided tours and you couldn’t take any pictures inside the house. BOO. Jessica and I were on the English tour and unfortunately our guide had a very interesting take on pronunciation so we didn’t understand about 50% of what she said.
Jim Thompson House:
At the end of the tour we sat on a bench and realized how truly exhausted we were. My clothes were soaked, my feet had calluses, and I needed water. Therefore, we left the house in search of the bus stop to catch the #15 bus that would take us back to Khao San Road.
- As awful as it might sound with the heat and all, walking is actually a very good option for getting around Bangkok.
- The Golden Mount is well worth a visit!
- The local bus is a GREAT way to get around, and VERY INEXPENSIVE.
- Lumphini Park, eh, I would have been fine if we had never made it there.
- Jim Thompson House, eh, the house is beautiful but I didn’t like the “touristy” atmosphere and I didn’t like not being able to take photos inside. If you love architecture, history, and gardens, this is a good stop for you.
Can’t wait to share with you my train to Chaing Mai experience!
Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette