One Night In Bangkok…

I’ve got you singing the ’80’s song now, don’t I?

We thought that for our Tet break, we’d trade one city for an even larger one. Arriving early in the day ensured that we had plenty of time to sightsee. We arrived just before lunch and as soon as we settled in the hotel, we were off to find a lunch spot. As is often the case with us in Thailand, it took us a bit to find the restaurant. Once we started to figure out how the streets and alley’s worked (and a few stops to ask directions), we were happily enjoying some Thai coffee’s and the most amazing chicken wings. Bailey ate the first order pretty much by herself, so we of course had to order a second.

Oh the food in Thailand, we love it so…

Pink Guava-Bailey's favorite

Pink Guava-Bailey’s favorite

Eating at the weekend market.

Eating at the weekend market.

Coconut Ice Cream. We were all scraping the coconut shell!

Coconut Ice Cream. We were all scraping the coconut shell!

Can't pass up sticky rice & mango

Can’t pass up sticky rice & mango

We let our friend order lunch & it was  a great decision.

We let our friend order lunch & it was a great decision.

Green Curry Pizza? You wouldn't think it but it was delicious.

Green Curry Pizza? You wouldn’t think it but it was delicious.

Just in case you think all we did was eat, we also visited some amazing Wats and to see many interesting Buddha statues. The only one we were allowed to take pictures of is the Reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. Take our word for it, they were truly magnificent.

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Bangkok is a large city but for the most part we were able to get around by walking, taking the train or taxis (my least favorite way to travel). In the area we stayed in, we got around mostly by foot. This allows us to see the most and stop whenever we find something interesting. In Bailey’s case, it was stopping at many of the shops inside the numerous malls. It’s fantastic the way the malls are connected to one other. We were able to travel down a major chunk of Sukhumvit Road without being in the Bangkok heat. We all really appreciated that.

So Tony used to travel to Bangkok for work several years ago. He likes to tell us the story of the time he was sitting in a pub, looked up and saw an elephant walking down the street. While we didn’t see any just ambling down the Soi’s, we did see these…

The only wildlife we thought we'd see in the city.

And another one...

And another one…

Speaking of wildlife, many wouldn’t really expect to encounter much in a large city other than rats, etc.  But this being SE Asia, we saw a snake on the sidewalk (random, right?), a huge snake that a hawker was trying to get tourists to take pictures with (umm, no thanks), a million cats & a some rather intimidating Asia Water Monitors in the park. Seriously, these things were huge! We guessed about 5-6 feet long. The book did say that while they are capable of harming a small child, there’s been no recorded instance of them doing so. We really hope that’s the case.

The Baby...

                            The Baby…

...and the mama!

…and the mama!

We’re planning on heading back to Bangkok again sometime as it’s so close and has so many things that are unavailable here. I think I convinced Tony that a quick weekend trip around the end of the year for some Christmas shopping wouldn’t be unreasonable to consider. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I’ll leave you with this last silly pic of Bailey.

Goofing around in the mall while waiting for dinner.

Goofing around in the mall while waiting for dinner at Din Tai Fung!

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