Back in Time: Bangkok 3 Days in January

Back in time: Sue’s feeling healthier, we’ve found the ferry system and have three days in Bangkok before flying to Yangon, Myanmar. It’s January 10, 2012…

Ronald McDonald in Bangkok
Scary Ronster

Once again we set off up the alley running parallel to Khao San Road.

alley in Bangkok, Thailand
Smoke in the Alley

We make our way to the Chao Phraya River and board one of the tourist boats to continue our explorations (and to stay cool).

tourist ferry on Chao Phraya River, Bangkok Thailand
Boarding a Ferry

We can’t get enough of the crowds in Chinatown so stop off there for a quick visit.

Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand
Chinatown Crowds

We pass a warehouse where sacks of garlic await transport. Yummmm….

garlic in Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand
Heaps of Garlic
megaphones in Chinatown, Bangkok, Thailand
Tour Guide or Salesman?

The mix of architecture along the river is fascinating. And scary when one thinks of the recent flooding of Bangkok.

buildings along Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand
Riverside Buildings

We picked up our visas at the Myanmar embassy and then back to the river to stay cool. Eventually we got off the boats and stopped for a bite to eat and one of our favourite beverages: Thai iced tea.

Sue sipping on Thai iced tea, Bangkok, Thailand
Sue Sipping on Thai Iced Tea

The following day we walked over to the Grand Palace. Despite the crowds the Grand Palace is a surreal place with hardly a straight line in sight. We started with The Temple of the Emerald Buddha.

crowds at Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
Crowds in the Temple
Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand
Decor in Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand

We joined a free guided tour for English speaking people led by an informative and entertaining guide.

guide at Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand
Our Guide

The tour was great. But the heat was getting to us and after our guide left us we hit the streets looking for some shade and nourishment.

soup near the Grand Palace, Bangkok, Thailand

It looked like pho, smelled like pho and tasted like pho. Our vegetarian ways were slipping away.

We walked the streets near the Grand Palace, checking out the street vendors and their wares. Including the variety of statuettes.

statuettes, Bangkok, Thailand
Variety of Statuettes
monk statuettes, Bangkok, Thailand
Small Monks

We slipped back onto the river and visited the Wat Arun, with its tall, Khmer style prang (tower).

Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand
Steep Steps on the Tower

From the tower we had excellent views.

view from prang at Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand
View from Prang

We spent the rest of the day relaxing, staying cool, eating/drinking and wandering. By this time I was getting pretty excited by the selection of T-shirt designs in Bangkok.

T-shirt designs, Bangkok, Thailand
T-shirts Graphics

All part of the colourful scene.

signs, Khao San Road, Bangkok, Thailand
Khao San Road Signs

Our last day in Bangkok before leaving for Myanmar we spent… on the river! We travelled as far north as we could on the tourist ferry and spent a couple of hours exploring the ‘burbs. We found a busy market with lots of fresh sea (river?) food.

fish for sale in market, Bangkok, Thailand
Fish for Sale

By the time we returned downriver the sun was setting. It had been a relaxing day. That evening I discovered the large speaker system down on the street below our hotel room window.

street speaker system, Bangkok, Thailand
Street Speakers

It was time to move on and leave the hustle and bustle of Bangkok for almost a month. (When we left the hotel at 4am the next morning the street was still partying strong with speakers right out on the pavement. Which reminds me of ‘louts’. Oh yes, we encountered a few. Next up… Reflections and Sketches…)

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