Among South East Asian countries, Thailand is the most appealing to me. I did enjoy and love Vietnam when my friends and I went there last year and I am keen to go back to Singapore but Bangkok exudes a different aura. It has that eccentric vibe that magnetizes me. It is filled with so much culture (traditional and modern) that keeps you interested and drawn. Aside from shopping, I love Thailand for its food. It is also probably because among all the other South East Asian countries, this is where I feel most at home as it is very similar to the Philippines in many ways: 1.) the weather/climate is similar; 2.) exchange rate/cost of living is similar; and, 3.) they think I am one of them. It is a bit odd that I am often mistaken to be Thai. I don't think I look Thai though but whenever I would go to a store or restaurant, they assume I am Thai and would talk to me in their language. It is only when I reply that I don't understand them will they realize that I am not Thai. Even when we were in Vietnam the locals there think I am Thai. We do have a lot of similarities in terms of features but I don't think I look Thai. I mean most South East Asians look similar: Thai, Malaysians, Indonesians, Filipinos, etc. But to single out and assume I was Thai is quite odd. Do you think I do?
Anyways, my first day there I have half a day to spend touring. The rest of my stay there was for training/work-related and I won't be able to go on tours. So I made sure that the half day I have will be worth it. I decided to go to the Grand Palace and the Temple of Emerald Buddha but unfortunately, both were already closed when I got there. I decided to just wander around because I still have a lot of time to spend and I don't want to go back to the hotel yet. As I was wandering the streets of Bangkok, I stumbled upon Wat Pho or the Temple of Reclining Buddha. I was lucky it was still open. It was a truly magical experience. It was a huge Buddha made of gold (not sure though if it is real gold but I assume it is since this is a Buddha we're talking about) and it can't fit the frame of my camera. I did try my best though to capture the whole statue but failed. It was a great experience and really a sight to see. There is an entrance fee of 100Baht.
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