Walking the streets of Bangkok

DSC_1871The morning started with a trip to the Grand Palace, Bangkok’s most popular attraction, via the skytrain to a water “bus /taxi” (AKA a boat).  Breakfast was a piece of fried chicken from a street vendor on the boat.

The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace

After walking around the palace and making friends

It is not that sharp

It is not that sharp

with a guard I made my way to Wat Pho, my next stop playing tourist, home of the world’s largest Reclining Buddha.

 

For good luck, I dropped 25-satang coins into 25 pots behind the Buddha – plink, plink, plink…

Nap Time

Nap Time

Something smells

Something smells

Looking for a little relief from the heat, I boarded my own water taxi for a canal cruise,

Ring my bell...

Ring my bell…

criss-crossing through the city passing the Jim Thompson House and a bunch of other stuff I had no clue of, but I did like the oversize swimming canal lizard.  I had the boat drop me at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) before hopping aboard a ferry back across the river.  Seeing Wat Arun from

It can swim?

It can swim?

the gardens was interesting, although quite frankly, it looks better from the boat with all the decorations spires made from millions of bits of smashed white porcelain painted with patterns.  I did ring a few bells  before departing

They let me drive!

They let me drive!

After a short tuk tuk ride I was in front of a giant swing (not that impressive) and then saw an another golden Buddha or two in the area before walking to Golden Mount.

The Golden Mount another historic

The Grand Palace

The Grand Palace

temple in Bangkok built a long time ago by King Rama or so I am told whoever he is. Did we ever learn any Asian history in school; if we did I sure do not remember much?  Back in the days before the skyscrapers, this man made hill was the tallest structure in Bangkok.  After making my way up the many steps I was reworded with a bird’s-eye view of Rattanakosin, Bangkok’s old district.

At the base of the hill I had the best lunch – Checkout the video, because I am not sure how to describe what I had.  In addition to what she made I loaded it with diced cucumbers and some sauce

It was now around 3:00 and I many my way back to the hotel for swim before heading to the Thai Bruso’s for to celebrate the Loy Krathong Festival (Festival of Light).

About JSH

There are more than 195 countries in the world by my count and I want to see them all before they all start to look the same – The United Nations has 192 members, but they do not recognized two independent countries, the Vatican City and Kosovo. U.S. Department of State recognizes 194 independent countries around the world, but their list has a political agenda and is missing Taiwan. All of this is without getting into the dozens of territories and colonies that are sometimes called “countries” such as Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Greenland, Palestine, Western Sahara, and even the components of the United Kingdom (such as Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England) and without counting states and provinces like Texas and Montréal that think they are independent countries. No madder how you count or tag them they are changing, starting to look the same and losing a little bit of themself every day. I do not want to see the world through the eyes of Las Vegas or Disney, like reading the Cliff Notes of a Hemingway novel; you get the idea but miss the point! Life is short, but how long live is up to you…
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2 Responses to Walking the streets of Bangkok

  1. Kevin says:

    Wat Pho makes me think Abbot and Costello:
    Why did you go to Thailand?
    Wat Pho
    Yes why?
    Wat Pho
    Because I’m interested in your trip
    Wat Pho
    And so on

  2. Anne Russell says:

    It looks like a beautiful country. AND the street food looks good, too.

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