Trip Start Oct 12, 2010
84Trip End Mar 24, 2011
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
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 :)