My Thai

Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
Trip End Mar 24, 2011

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Ahhhh - I managed to sleep in this morning until 9:30 - luxury!!!  Let me say again that the staff and service at my hotel are both top-notch.  I saw a little note slipped under the door this AM saying that they didn't want to disturb me but if I wanted my room made-up, just let them know.  Then, on the way out this morning, I was stopped by housekeeping, the front desk staff and the porter just to chat and ask about my plans and to wish me a good day - how nice is that??

So today was Skytrain day!  Bangkok has a subway, ringroads above the highways and also a Skytrain service that is an outdoor train that is also elevated above the roads.  Again, it is extremely clean, efficient, air conditioned and the routes are direct and easy.  I headed to the Siam Square area - a major shopping zone a few stops away and in keeping with Buddhist practice, I set out to find nirvana (in a mall).  First, I had to find the Hard Rock Cafe (for you Ethan) and after a couple of wrong turns, was set straight by some locals.  Then, one street away was the 7 storey shopping mecca, the MBK mall.  Now, I am not a mega-shopper, but this was something to be experienced!  Floors and floors of everything you can imagine - high end clothing shops, a full floor of electronics, another floor of furniture, two floors containing exotic and incredible food courts, lots of accessories, pharmacies, coffee shops etc.  There was one area that was like a department store but I think it was called a "Supermarket" and it was a huge collection of stalls like those you find on the street - selling scarves, hats, clothes, t-shirts, cheap jewelry, knick-knacks, watches, you name it.  I picked up some warm weather clothes and a couple of souvenirs but really just soaked in all the shoppingness! 

I had lunch at a Thai restaurant at the mall - figured I better get some Pad Thai into me to ease into the Thai cuisine I will be sampling over the next couple of weeks!  Then, I took the Skytrain down to the Chao Phraya River and took a tourist boat up the river and then back down to see the sights along the busy waterway in the middle of the city.  This was a really cheap way to experience the river - 25 Baht (or 85 cents) each way.  You can hop on/off this boat at different piers to sightsee (the Grand Palace, Wat Pho temple, River City market, China Town etc) but I stayed on just to see the river and it's ferries and longboats and local traffic).  It's a murky brown river but full of colorful boats zipping around, some of them with saffron robed monks onboard heading to temples - very cool.

Skytrained back again to my neighborhood and stopped for some snacks as I walked home - looking forward to an early night watching either boring American news feeds on CNN or gory movies on HBO - there doesn't seem to be anything in between!    Early morning tomorrow to take a tour of a floating market outside the city - should be fun :)
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Lesley on

Thailand, wow!

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