|On Sunday we decided to check out a place called Erawan Museum. On the way we stopped off at Siam, the closest thing to a downtown financial centre that Bangkok has, with much bigger and fancier streets than our area near Khao San Road.|
|Circling the elephant statue are some beautiful gardens populated by spiritual creatures and deities.|
|At the viewing platform, getting our pictures taken with the elephant statue.|
|Placing lotus flowers on the moat for good luck.|
|Inside the elephant are intricate interiors of flowing, marble staircases and stained glass windows.|
|Taking the stairs to the very top of the elephant, one finds a beautiful Buddhist shrine where people pray. This incredible place only confirmed to us that this was our favourite discovery in Bangkok so far.|
|In the evening, we ate some delicious Thai curries. I'm continually impressed by the high quality of the food here.|
|On Monday we encountered more elephant statues on the way to the Grand Palace.|
|The Grand Palace has been the official residence of Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) since 1782.|
|Outside Chakri Maha Prasat, my shirt drenched in sweat (and it was barely noon!).|
|Poor Angela had to cover up with a cardigan in sauna-like temperatures.|
|We also went to nearby Wat Pho to get the obligatory photos of the reclining Buddha.|
|Finally, we went to the Chao Phraya river to get a quick view of Wat Arun, before deciding the heat was too much and retiring to our hostel.|
That's it for Bangkok. We enjoyed our time in this crazy city, with its beautiful temples and golden Buddhas by day, and its bars and debauchery by night. It's been a lot of fun.
Today, after a twelve-hour train ride, we finally made it to Chiang Mai, the capital of northern Thailand. We'll miss Bangkok, but we are definitely looking forward to exploring a much smaller city.