BANGKOK

We arrived in Bangkok around 4:30 pm, Nov. 19th.  It was a two-hour drive (usually 45 minutes) to the hotel: of course we had to choose a flight arriving in the middle of rush hour!  The hotel is lovely and located near the central downtown. They serve a wonderful breakfast with both Thai and  American style foods.  We are enjoying many of the local fruit deicacies, such as Jackfruit, Passion fruit, Rambutan, and Guava.  Throughout the 3-4 days we spent in Bangkok we had some terrific Thai meals.  A couple of the lunch dishes that stood out for me were a beef dish with fried Kaffir Leaves and a shrimp chili soup –both were delights to our palate.  The best dinner was steamed sea bass in garlic and peppers, a soft-shelled crab dish with black pepper, and some asparagus & shrimp in a spicy chili sauce.

We met our guide early in the morning for a full day of touring: Buddhist Temples, a street flower market, local Buddhist amulet market, and enjoyed a massage at the temple’s traditional massage school.  We took several forms of public and private transportation: the Skytrain, subway, long-boat (called ‘James Bond Boats” here) through the canals, and several  lively tuk-tuk rides through Bangkok traffic.  Our day was indeed packed, and our witty, brilliant guide, “Pia”, was delightful: she shared so much about Thai culture and history.

First Temple

First Temple (in very center of downtown!)

Solid gold Budda had been covered with plaster to keep the Burmese from stealing the Budda.  When being moved after 200 years discovered it was solid gold.

Lively Tuk Tuk ride

Lively Tuk Tuk ride

Fresh Flowers for Budda.  If one smelled the flowers you couldn't give them to Budda.

Fresh Flowers for Budda. If one smelled the flowers you couldn’t give them to Budda.

Beautiful orchids

Beautiful orchids

Amazingly fast at stringing the flowers

Amazingly fast at stringing these flowers

streets lined with flower vendors

Streets lined with flower vendors

Buddhist amulet market

Buddhist amulet market

Monk with magnifying glass looking at amulet craving

Monk with magnifying glass looking at amulet craving

The Reclining Budda at Wat Pho is 46 metres long and 15 metres high

The Reclining Budda at ‘Wat Pho’ is 46 metres long (163 ft) and 15 metres high

Impressive toes

Impressive Toes

Wat Pho is residence for monks and a traditional Thai  massage school.

Wat Pho is residence for monks and a traditional Thai massage school.

School children visiting Wat Pho

School children visiting Wat Pho

Wholesale vegetable market

Wholesale vegetable market

Long-boat ride through the canals

“James Bond boat” ride through the canals

Selling hats on the canal

Selling hats on the canal

Living on the canal

Living on the canal

More homes

More homes

Pia, our guide, in front of a variety of dried fish

Pia, our guide, at a dried fish market.

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