Thailand

Bangkok

SCORPIONS ON A STICK…YES TO EAT!

Speaking of Bangkok….OMG…it’s all about shopping and more shopping, food and more food.  What a practice…seeing so many things but not buying them.  Tons of ATM machines.  Convenience is real here.  And I have heard Oliva Newton John and Karen Carpenter songs a lot.

Did you know that Bangkok has the longest name of any city in the world?  The capital city is known to the world as Bangkok but local people refer to it as Krung Thep – ‘city of angels’.  The full name is Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.  This roughly translates to: City of angels, great city of immortals, magnificent city of the nine gems, seat of the king, city of royal palaces, home of gods incarnate, erected by Visvakarman at Indra’s behest.

The metro here is clean and organized with arrows for people to stand waiting to get on and arrows for where people exiting go.  No food or drink allowed on the metro.  And people follow the rules.  The skytrain (BTS) and underground (MRT) systems both operate throughout the city.  We have been using the metro daily with only a 20 min walk to our neighborhood stop.  It’s so easy to navigate and it’s worth repeating again… it’s really organized.

We visited Chatuchak market.  It considered the world’s largest weekend market. There are more than 15,000 stalls. Bangkok has lots of night markets, lunchtime markets, fresh markets, flower markets, train markets, floating markets – all sorts of markets.  It’s fun to walk around in the markets and take in all the sights and smells.  Some more pleasant then others.  They are dynamic, vibrant, and lively.  Anything you might want can be found in a market.  Clothes, food, flowers, jewelry, books, household items, pets, you name it and it’s here.

IN HEAVEN WITH BOOKS AND MORE BOOKS!

 

STREET FOOD MARKET

Bangkok is not known to be vegetarian friendly.  We quickly learned the thai word for vegetarian and use it a lot.  Here’s an example of what’s available……

 

VARIOUS INSECTS AT A FOOD MARKET

 

But we have found some good vegetarian and vegan restaurants.  And it took time we have even found some vegetarian street food.

NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT IT IS BUT WAS ASSURED IT WAS “MANGSWIRATI”……VEGETARIAN

Another little fact…..Bangkok is the hottest city in the world, not the one with the maximum temperature, but the hottest on average day and night, summer and winter.  Sources say it never gets cold here…never.  We are finding this to be true!

And to wrap up……..Helloooo massage…….Thai massage….wow.  It’s worth a flight to Bangkok just for a thai massage.  It’s painful but in a good massage kind of way.  Since it’s only about $6 for an hour, we are getting weekly thai massages while here.