Day 5, Bangkok

day05_01

Good morning Bangkok! Rick gets up early, and here is what he sees in the Bangkok dawn from the breakfast area next to the infinity pool.

day05_02

As usual he sends MJ enticing photos of breakfast options, which today features one of her faves, okra!

day05_03

The special of the day was these cute little pork bundles with a sweet and sour sauce!

day05_04

Now MJ is getting up, and here is what she sees from the hotel room window.

day05_05

Looking up Sukhumvit Road from our room. Big city!

day05_06

Also from our room, looking down from the balcony to the pool on Floor 9. Where Rick is enjoying breakfast nearby!

day05_07

Our day’s adventure is going to the Chatuchak Market. We get there via the BTS –Bangkok Mass Transit System, which is an elevated train built in 1999. Smooth and nice! The low roofs you see in the foreground are the Market.

day05_08

Lay’s Potato Chips have prominent marketing here in Bangkok!

day05_09

While we are waiting to meet our Spice Roads cycling friends, we are approached by a group of high school students who ask to interview us. “What do you think of Thai food? Do you like it? Why?” and “Do you like the Thai people? Why?” Later we learn that this is a common project to help young people improve their English skills.

day05_10

We meet up with Bow who guides us through the busy market. She has warned us about possible pickpockets, so MJ ceases to be a hipster and wears her backpack backwards for safety.

day05_11

MJ makes friends with a lovely shopkeeper and buys a few items!

day05_12

There are some 15,000 booths at Chatuchak Market. Everything you can imagine and more. Narrow aisles go between rows of booths.

day05_13

MJ reviews her options for fabric-covered journals.

day05_14

Bow does a great job of explaining what we are seeing. The blue shirts are typical garb for men in parts of northern Thailand.

day05_15

Here is a unique item—you could have a home for roosting hens, right on your countertop!

day05_16

These bright plaid cottons are also typical of the north. We bought some scarves at this nice booth!

day05_17

Oh, and there are lots of food booths.

day05_18

Octopus. Always sad to see them because they are intelligent creatures. Maybe the species is becoming smarter as the less-bright ones are harvested for snacks?

day05_19

We stop for lunch. MJ enjoys a mango smoothie, and Rick chooses lemon grass tea. Beautiful presentation!

day05_20

Back in our Thonglor neighborhood, we check out the sights. This Staybridge Suites building was just under construction last year!

day05_21

Funny/creative architecture. What is this thing? Pool? Party room?

day05_22

This motorbike has seen better days! Looks like it has been here for a long time.

day05_23

Here is the Somerset Hotel, our home, with our room circled.

day05_24

Having had a long day, we decide to go just across the road to the Old English Pub. At 5:30pm, we were the only ones there and still could take advantage of happy hour. We asked when it gets busy? 9:00 p.m.!

day05_25

MJ admires her new elephant purse while enjoying a Japanese beer!

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