Back in Civilization
 

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!).

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Grand Palace

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.

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Grand Palace cont.

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