Tales from the Road: Bangkok
Buddhist monks on the street in Banglampoo, Bangkok

Bangkok can be overwhelming... and fascinating at the same time. The noise, heat and crowds take a bit to get used to, but the city grows on you, new adventures, new tastes and smells, and wanderers from all over.

September 19 -- We discovered the true sense of the rainy season last night, a deluge, buckets of rain.  Our afternoon excursions have been easier, hot and humid but we've so far avoided the rainy parts of the day.

The colour and architecture is a visual feast.  The many Buddhist temples (wats) provide some peace and respite from the bustling crowds.  For all the chaos, Thai people are quiet, friendly and helpful.  Perhaps that's important to make us feel welcomed here.

The river ferries are a great way to get around the city.  Only 8 Baht (that's about 32 cents Canadian), but you have to be quick,as they don't stay at the pier for more than about 20 seconds.  The Chao Praya River is turbulent, the colour of old coffee, and teeming with life, fishermen, barges and all the other commuter ferries.  The ferry boats are generally jammedwith people.  It's a wild and bouncy ride.

Guardian giants at the Grand Palace in Bangkok

Carol at the Grand Palace, Bangkok Our favourite spot so far is the Grand Palace in Bangkok, just a few kilometers from our hotel in the Banglampoo district.  Rich with colour and tradition, you could spend a whole day exploring.  People-watching there is just as much fun.

September 21 -- We stopped for a banana pancake from a street vendor the other night.  Watching her put it together was a treat in itself, and it was more like a crepe, very fresh and yummy, cost us ten Baht.  There are hundreds of vendors around the streets here, all with their own little carts.  One of our favourite stops is around the corner where two women spend all day squeezing fresh orange juice, a 500 ml. bottle is 15 Baht.  Very refreshing!

More on our travels in Bangkok
Check out our visit to the hill tribes
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