Caitlin and I arrived in Bangkok after two 6.5 hour flights. Being used to longer flights made these pretty easy to handle. We watched movies, read books and slept. #nbd
We spent our first two nights in Asia at the Aloft Bangkok in the Sukhumvit area. The street is very busy and we found it difficult to tackle the simple task of walking down the street.
And Caitlin saw a rat. #urbanliving
The next day our jet lagged sightseeing included the temple, Wat Pho, and the Grand Palace.
The Grand Palace was long home to various Kings and houses the famous Temple of the Emerald Buddha. The details of the temples was quite incredible, but after a bit, I found it all somewhat repetitive.
Perhaps it was the jet lag.
Or the heat.
Which was quite intense.
To put it mildly.
We were sweating each and every day of this trip.
You are sure to hear about this problem repeatedly.
I thought the grammatical mistake in this sign was quite amusing.
We found it quite manageable to get around Bangkok with the two train lines that run through the city. Both of our hotels were near a stop and that made things easier as well. Though I'm sure we overpaid on a tuk tuk or two, but seems like that was bound to happen a couple of times.
At the end of our trip we were back in Bangkok to round out our four weeks in Asia.
This time we stayed at the Four Points Bangkok Sukhumvit. Still in the same area as the previous hotel, but with a street that was walkable. I was a much happier camper.
We were able to walk to a breakfast place nearby that we loved.
So much so that we went twice.
We learned how to fold a lotus flower.
We also took a trip out to the famed Chatuchak Market.
Not pictured below.
It's one of the world's largest weekend markets.
I suspect you could find something one weekend and not find it again the next.
I bought some dresses for under $3 USD.
And a scarf, and a kimono style shirt and I don't even remember what else!
There was so much to see.
Bangkok has so much to offer I'm sure we only managed to see a small bit.
We did, of course, manage to get to Starbucks once. Or twice.
We took a food tour when we were back in Bangkok, at the end of the trip. It was a Midnight Food Tour, so it was also a good opportunity to see Bangkok all lit up.
We made several stops during the tour. The first stop had spicy papaya salad, fried catfish with peanuts and a green papaya dressing, and a soup that was far too spicy for my poor mouth. Our tour guide thought we were terribly wimpy.
We also stopped here for some amazing pad thai. It is supposedly some of Bangkok's best and I would find it hard to disagree. It was pretty awesome IMHO, but there are varying opinions out there.
|I had never seen pad thai actually encased in an egg, but it was awesome!|
A stop for fried noodles here was amazing. I have no idea what the name of this place is since I've only seen it in Thai, but I loved the bowl of noodles and egg I ate here. You could choose to have the egg scrambled or just sunny side up, which is what I went with. (The guide originally described this option as "raw", which did horrify me a bit until I saw the egg was actually cooked and just the yolk was runny. Phew!)
We watched as they cooked in the back alley and I feared the cooking conditions would convince me not to eat, but, nonetheless, the results bowl was delicious.
Ah, Bangkok, I hope to be back again. There's so much more to explore!
Have you been to Bangkok? What are your favorite parts of the city?