Oh Bangkok. Really one of the perfect Southeast Asian cities. In all the times I've been to Bangkok, I've never had more than 24 hours in this city, but each time I come here I do something new. Always.
This time, we started with the Terminal 21 Mall in Sukhumvit, which is freaking huge, BTW. But, in the end, just a mall. From there we rode the BTS Asok line to Sathorn, purely by Google and understanding where the BTS lines went. I'm proud to say I'm something of an expert now. Tee hee.
We dropped off at Saphan Taksin to take the one-time ferry ride on Sathorn pier, which was hella cheap and very cool, since we still got the tour and the commentary.
Next, on to Wat Arun (Grand Palace), but, for the second time around, I didn't get to go inside. Huhuhu. So sad, but it means I have to come back again, right? Yes, that's right.
Oh, during the flight I read about the late King Bhumibol and he seemed like a great man, celebrated by droves of locals gathering to the grand palace. Condolences to the country's loss.
We ended the Bangkok leg four days later, five out of seven of us with food poisoning from Pattaya, but Katee, Leon and I still trudged on to Chatuchak Market. Best last-minute shopping idea ever. Ohmigosh there were customised vintage jeans in one shop, but sizes all mixed up. I had no time so I had to let it go. Sigh. I let it go. Now I have a reason to return.
Anyways, Pattaya - the frustrating part - came next, but I'll leave you with this for now. Love you all, Happy Holidays - Che