Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
59Trip End Apr 15, 2008
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"Long live the king!" In Thailand the people love their king, his image is everywhere. It's on the money, in homes and restaurants, and on enormous billboards
In Bangkok, like I said, we did so much. We visited so many Wats (Buddhist temples). One of our favorites was Wat Arun, or Temple of the Dawn. We climbed up the steepest steps (we weren't desecrating it, you're supposed to climb it) and looked down on the river below and skyscrapers in the distance (got some cool pics). The Grand Palace was opulent and it's scale is incredible, the whole experience of exploring the grounds was really cool.
We spent a day walking around Khao San Road and Chinatown. Khao San was tourist saturated but Chinatown was great. It is about 8X the size of it's sister in NYC, so we lazily walked and got lost in all of the craziness. It was a great afternoon of eating street food and haggling with the tauts.
Damon, the awesome friend that he is, knows my love for golf
While Joel and Damon golfed, Des shopped. And there is so much of it to enjoy in Bangkok. My favorite shopping experience was the Chatachuk Market, which I believe is the biggest outdoor weekend market in all of Thailand (maybe Asia). They sell everything there, literally. Some of it is knock-off crap, while the booth next door sells original, cool Thai art and handicrafts. Throw in a bunch of food stalls serving up spicy snacks and fresh fruit juices and it is the perfect day in Bangkok.
More shopping. The Night Bazaar was also pretty cool, mainly because it sits next to a huge Thai Beer Garden. It's like no place I've ever seen. There's a pretty major stage set up where people sing and dance to really bad American music. The "beer girls" walk around pushing their respective labels on you. And more delicious food!
Another incredible treat we enjoyed in Bangkok was the world-famous Thai massage. And at $7 for a one-hour session we were having one almost daily. You would have done it too.
We could go on and on, but how much can we expect you to read? So we'll cut it here and see you in Koh Samui.