25.12.2016 35 °C
Bangkok - Christmas Day
Well we saw Christmas Day 7 hours before you guys, again waking up to an even hotter day, forecast was to be 35c today and it certainly felt like it.
We decided to have breakfast out on the street at a small local place near to the hotel, the day was quite, with a few people milling about, you wouldn't have guessed it was Christmas Day except for spotting a couple of cafe waiters wearing
Santa's Hats, trying to appeal to passing tourists.
Soon after, a normal day seem to occur in the capital with people going about their normal business and all the shops open as usual.
We started off on along walk to the Main river which runs through the city on-route we passed literally thousands of Thai people all dressed in black queuing to pay their respects to the late king who was lying in state in the Royal Palace.
Roads were closed, there was security checkpoints everywhere, luckily we managed to blag our way through with no passport, stating the hotel still had them for checking :-)
Due to the shear number of people, there was free water stalls, free foods stalls and free ice cream stalls ! Not to mention ambulances and first aid points, all because of shear the number of people stood queuing in black in 35c heat !
We enjoyed a free ice cream and continued on our walking tour, did shop more Christmas shopping ! and then returned to the hotel in time for our first group meeting.
After the meeting we headed out for a Christmas Day-Night Meal on the town.