The Grand Palace - One of the reasons I didn't want to miss Bangkok.
It has a strict dress code, and because of that I wore long trousers when we visited there. Walking with long trousers in 95% humidity wasn't fun. When we got there we saw that there was an option to rent large cloth to hide your legs. I would have used that options if I knew about it. The place was very nice and interesting. We didn't spend much time there because the kids were bored but it was worth the visit.
We heard about Koh Chang famous waterfalls... Unfortunatley when we were there they were completely dry. In some tourist's office we saw some pictures of the waterfall with a caption - "Jun - Sep". So no waterfalls in our trip.
"…As we moved further from the ocean and into the continent, the weather became more and more desert-like. Lots of yellow dryness, brown land, hills covered with sparse eucalyptuses and lots of termites’ nests - entire fields. Some of the nests are a meter high and more. The route changes from a paved road to a dirt road, and the driving speed is slowed down. The small village- Chillagoe - is located between charming karst caves, inside them there are shaded and partly illuminated labyrinths, big fig trees growing from within, honey and yellow colors of strange and impressive karst formations.
In the afternoon we set out to roam the abandoned plants, once keeping the “city” alive. The sight of the lonely and leaning plants is sad and surreal. We climbed to a view-point on one of the rocks, which made absolutely clear how special the place is, particularly in the sunset. On our way back, everything was colored with a beautiful pinkish red desert shade".
We look for a boat in which we'll be able to sail to Île de la Cité. The boat is sailing through a round path while stopping in major sightseeing attractions. One daily ticket allows you to use the boat as much as you want. We take this boat and after few stops we get down at Île de la Cité. The Cathédrale Notre-Dame is being revealed on the other riverbank: big and beautiful, surrounded by a gorgeous pink blossom. We cross over the bridge to the other riverbank, and discovered that even here there's a queue leading inside the cathedral. The line was moving very fast, and we found ourselves already inside, thrilled by the enormous size and beautiful stained glass. We go around the cathedral hall and then go out.
In Place du Tertre, there were a lot of artists and painters, and all of them were so busy. Some artist using their imagination, some replicate famous Parisian touristic attractions, and others try to hunt tourists for portrait paintings. We went around the square again and again, then entered into one of the small restaurants for a quick lunch. During our search for the famous windmills, we passed the beautiful alleys. Quickly we found the first windmill, and suddenly we noticed it's already a bit late, and we might be late to the meeting with our friends. We skip the second windmill rushing through the main streets to the metro.
The tour to Agua Azul and Misol Ha falls was from 9:00-16:00 and cost 130 pesos per person. In addition you have to pay a 30 peso entrance fee to Misol and 38 pesos for Agua Azul.
Misol Ha falls - it's a very nice waterfall. They let you stay there for about 30-40 mins and that's completely enough. You take pictures at the falls, you walk up the stairs so you're right below the waterfall, it's nice. Pay attention - at the cave entrance they ask for another 10 pesos to get inside.
Agua Azul - very pretty place with many levels of waterfalls. The tour allocated three hours for this site and it's enough time (including lunch which you order on your own from one of the restaurants). Here you'll also get into the water. Notice that in one of the levels they require 27 pesos per person for "another pretty place to bathe in". It's pointless because along the way there are plenty other places to get into the water free of additional charge.
The hot springs are a blast! Warm water in the middle of freezing Mongolia. Worth every penny. If you can stay there for another day to rest it would be great. We slept there in Gers (Mongolian yurts) and rested a bit from the rigors of our tents.
the hot springs