Thursday, 6 October 2011

Elephant Girls

Photo: Elephant Girls

Day 48: Bangkok

Today was our last full day and our day trip out of Bangkok to see some of the Thai culture. We were up early for a 6:20 pickup. Before we even left the hotel we had a surprise highlight – a parade, complete with dragons, bands and fire-crackers, passing the front of the hotel. At 6:15am! We found out later it was the last day of a 10 day Buddhist vegetarian festival.
The tour began with a stop at a coconut processing plant where they make coconut sugar and coconut oil. Next was an elephant ride; definitely a highlight. Then came a long tail boat ride to the floating markets, which was a great place to sit and watch the world go by. A teak carving workshop came next with some amazing pieces, and Thailand’s largest Buddhist stupa. Next was a fabulous smorgasbord lunch at the Rose Gardens. After we ate way too much we headed out for an elephant show followed by a Thai cultural show, with dancing, drumming, Thai kick boxing, self defence, sword fighting, bamboo pole dancing, and a traditional wedding ceremony.

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