Bangkok--October 29--November 1, 2005
Well after my long train ride and flights I finally made it to Bangkok. Just looking out the window of the bus from the airport to the city I breathed a real sigh of relief. I was finally back in a modern city with many of the modern amenities that I had missed when in India. Bangkok is still a big city and there is dirt and grime that comes with a city that size, but I have to say by India standards it was spotless!
I spent a lot of time wandering around the city. I ate some wonderful food (it was nice to have fresh vegetables and the spices are wonderful!) I wandered through a number of markets and went to two of their large indoor shopping malls. I really enjoyed Bangkok.
Khao San Road
When in Bangkok I did as all the other westerners do and headed to an area called Khao San Road. I think the westerners outnumbered the Thais. This is a happening area of town with all the shopping, food stalls, restaurants, bars, hotels that anyone could want. I found a quiet guest house off the main strip and called it home for a few days. The food was amazing. The street vendors sell everything from chicken on a stick, pad thai (thai noodles), fried rice, curry, and even the ever present fried crickets and grass hoppers for those daring enough to try (I did not even think about it!).
When in Bangkok I visited the Grand Palace with some amazing architecture. This used to be the residence of the Thai Royals but now is only used for special ceremonies.
Grand Palace cont.
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