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Bangkok to Siem Reap Overland Crossing

I’ve never really considered myself a backpacker. And part of not being a backpacker is that we value time a little more than money. For example, we’d rather pay a little more for a 2-hour flight than save $20 by taking a 7-hour bus. I’ve crossed a lot of borders, but none in Asia. We’ve always flown, which is very simple and regulated. I’ve heard lots of stories about the Cambodia-Thailand border, and I really wanted to experience it for myself. Big mistake. We should have flown. Especially today, but we’ll get into that in a minute. We took a…

Travel Day: Bangkok to Chiang Mai VIP Bus

Today we took a VIP bus from Bangkok to Chiang Mai. And it was amazing. The bus took off from Mo Chit, which we’re getting pretty good at by now. Basically, you have three choices when taking the bus from BKK to Chiang Mai. 1. VIP bus ($25 US) during the day; 2. VIP bus overnight (also $25); or 3. 2nd class a/c ($14). It’s a 10-hour ride, and we had already booked a hotel in Chiang Mai for tonight, so we decided to splurge and pay for a VIP bus during the day. The bus left Mo Chit at…

Wat Arun and Dusit Palace

After we left the Grand Palace, we walked directly down the street toward the river, through the market and onto the 3 baht ferry that runs you to the other side. Our destination: Wat Arun. I have only ever taken pictures of Wat Arun from the opposite bank, by the palace. This was my first time exploring the temple and I was very excited. In Cambodian, “arun” means morning, so I always thought this was the Morning Temple, or Sunrise Temple. I was wrong. Apparently Arun is a deity, and this is Arun’s temple. Yup. So there’s some random knowledge…

Bangkok Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha

Bangkok Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha The Grand Palace complex, which includes Wat Phra Kaew, is the one absolute must see in Bangkok. We were very excited to finally go this morning, as we were unable to make on Monday. We tried to research online how much the entrance fee was, but different sites were quoting different prices. When we arrived, we were hoping for 250 Baht but prepared for 400. The interwebs were wrong. 500 baht. Each. Which in the grand scheme of things is only $15 US, so we feel like we can’t complain, but…

Wat Pho and Massages

Wat Pho is a giant complex full of halls, temples, thousands of Buddhas, and the original Thai massage school. This is the last of many temples we visited today, but by far the biggest. So here we go. The most famous Buddha in the Wat Pho complex is the Reclining Buddha. It’s huge. And it has cool feet. Each courtyard is surrounded by Buddhas as well. Watch out for the eaves around the courtyards. Low clearance. There are plenty of chedis and ornate roofs and decorations… And as with all the other temples we visited today, it’s still an active…

Golden Buddha and Other Temples

Today we decided to just explore on foot. We walked from our hotel a few blocks to the river and caught the river taxi (15 baht each, or 50 cents). We got off at N4, the fourth pier north of central station in Krong Tunburi (where we got on). The river taxi is fun, fast, cheap, and easy. From the pier, we walked for a few minutes through what seemed like an auto parts mecca. If you need your moto fixed, they have the piece you need right there. Our destination was just around a corner: Wat Traimit, or the…