On our final Wednesday in Thailand, we decided to take a river tour north and then walk to the National Museum to check it out. Kevin, Thomas, Matt W., Tony, and I ventured out together and first took the river tour.
It was near impossible to understand the guide on the boat, so instead of listening we just looked out and took it all in. Seeing Bangkok from the river provided us with a new perspective of the city. We only saw a small portion of the many beautiful sites that Bangkok has to offer, but seeing some of the others from the river was an experience in and of itself.
After the river tour, we walked to the National Museum and toured the grounds. Although much of the museum was being renovated, we were able to see many artifacts, some dating back to the 7th century.
The most interesting piece we saw was the royal chariot used by King Rama I, made in 1785. The picture does not do justice to its size. The chariot weighs over thirteen tons and when used, it needed more than 200 men to carry it.
We continued through the museum reading about fascinating sculptures, weapons, and art of all sorts. Afterwards, we walked back through the street market, picked up a few souvenirs, and headed back to the hotel. As one of the last things we did here in Bangkok, it was without a doubt one of the most memorable.