Emily here –
The other students who have been blogging about Thailand have been much better about updating and writing posts. There is some time before we have to meet to go out for our last Bangkok excursion before Chiang Mai, so I decided to stop procrastinating and write.
The past few days have been an amazing experience. We went to see the temples and the reclining Buddha on Thursday. I was thankful for my World Religions experience at school because I had some knowledge about the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism. We’ve eaten many types of food, including Indian, Chinese, and Thai (and Pizza Hut…but that can be considered half Thai maybe? There were very unique pizzas on the menu).
We also have done a good amount of shopping. The street vendors have many cheap items to buy, from Thailand t-shirts to fake designer watches and Ray Ban sunglasses. Being a lover of shopping, it is difficult to refrain from buying another suitcase worth of clothes (relax Mom, I’m not going to….) 🙂
Yesterday we went to a snake farm (one of the only 2 in the world). We watched a presentation about the snakes that included a man taunting a King Cobra to attack him, and then the man would move just as the snake was striking. It seemed a little unsafe, but no one was hurt so it was entertaining. At the end of the show all of the Westtown students volunteered to put the snakes around our necks and we all took pictures.
Last night we went to a Thai boxing match. We bought tickets for front row seats, and the facility was extremely crowded with tons of standing people surrounding the ring, screaming and chanting for their favorite boxer. There were about 11 matches, but we left after the main match because many of us were hungry and tired. We got some good pictures posing next to Lynn sleeping 🙂 I bought some shorts that look like the ones the boxers wore…I plan on wearing them a lot when I get home. They look a little ridiculous…in a good way I think.
Make sure you look at the pictures on Lynn’s blog! They show a little bit of what we’ve been doing. We are taking the night train to Chiang Mai tonight…10 hours of fun. Luckily, we have sleepers, so it won’t mess up our newly-acquired Thailand sleeping habits. I don’t know how much internet access we will all have in Chiang Mai, but we will try to blog when we can. I’m going to miss Bangkok, but I’m happy we will be back before going home!