Bangkok is a city much like many other big, bustling cities. It has the subway and public transportation. It has the taxicabs not really caring about the other cars on the street. It has a wide range of food and things to do. But for me, Bangkok was my first real Asian City. I could have just sat down at any street corner (especially considering every street corner had some delicious food stand set up) and simply watched life go by. I was perplexed at the Thais coming and going to their favorite food vendor every day (and often for many meals instead of cooking at home). I found it intriguing to see the many Buddhist monks getting in Tuk Tuks, apparently not fearful of their lives, like I was when riding in one. I got a riot out of seeing a fully functional 70s VW van convert to a bar ready to make cocktails at night wherever there was a parking spot that had a lot of foot traffic.
Another part of traveling to new places is getting a quick view into other parts of their culture. No matter where you went, you were bound to see a beautifully ornate Wat. I wasn’t sure what to do exactly, so I just followed the lead of others by respectfully taking off my shoes, remain quiet and respectful and never letting your feet face the Lord Buddha. Meditating quietly below a 20 foot golden Buddha statue, letting my eyes drift from one admirer to a quiet monk allowed me to glimpse into the Buddhist religion. If you did not like the way that that Wat looked, it’s ok. Just walk to the next block, and there is sure to be another beautiful shrine ready for your appreciation.
When you are tired of Wats, just grab another Thai iced tea (can you tell that I REALLY love these drinks!?) and catch a long-tail boat down the river to another Bangkok site. Whether it was the Jim Thompson house, known for its tradition Thai Tiki Wood traditional styled home (BEAUTIFUL by the way!) or the Grand Palace or if you are an avid shopper, stopping at the Siam Square, Bangkok had plenty of new things to offer to even an experienced traveler.
However, after a day of grasping on for dear life in a Tuk Tuk or simply just walking from Wat to Wat, you can’t go to Bangkok without getting a Thai massage!!!! These massages are not the deep tissue, relaxing kind of massages that I thoroughly enjoy. Instead, they are more of a sports massage with a lot of stretching combined with chiropractic work. Luckily, I am pretty flexible because they twisted me around in crazy positions! I’m not sure if I felt relaxed afterward, but it sure was a different experience! On another day, I also indulged in a foot massage, where they focused a lot of reflexology. Don’t worry, not all Thai massages have “Happy Endings” if you find a good location and even better, they won’t break the bank. Both kinds of massages were an hour long for only about $10! That is my kind of massage! A $10 massage meant just enough to still get a Thai iced tea on our way out!
And I leave you with this…just so it can be stuck in your head the rest of the day. You’re welcome 🙂
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