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.