Finally, the LAST post of the trip… a month late! Well, at least I finished, right?
Anyway, Bangkok I think was my favorite part of the trip, solidifying a fact that I already knew… I am a city girl at heart. Bangkok is a really fun and interesting city, and I hope I get the chance to go back and see more of it, as well as the rest of Thailand, one day!
Anyway, we flew in from Phnom Penh and grabbed a taxi for a pretty long ride to our hotel. We decided for the end of the trip to stay at what is actually managed apartments, and it was a really great place to stay. The first night we just walked around the area, and then grabbed dinner at a Japanese restaurant in Patpong. This area happens to also be the overpriced tourist area, which was really rather uncomfortable with all the propositions for “shows”. We probably should have brought a guidebook of the area, because then we would have known, but oh well!
Those flowers smelled divine; in the jasmine family I think they were!
The next day was a walking tour of chinatown. We tried to follow the tour laid out in the guidebook but gave up; the streets were confusing, we got lost, and it was hot. So we just saw a few things and then went back to cool off!
Solid gold Buddha at the first temple we went to
After relaxing in the evening we took off to explore the area around the hotel. Kenji got a few shirts tailored for him, we grabbed ice cream and sandwiches, watched the sunset, then took off for another area we heard was good for shopping. Said shopping center just so happened to be… right in the area the protests were going on. Actually, we got a bit turned about getting out of the skytrain station and managed to walk right into the camp. We skirted around, asked a few people to point us toward the shopping area we wanted to get to, and eventually got there right before they closed. We still managed to get shopping done, and everything seemed to turn out just fine!
Actually, the shopping was pretty amazing! We both had a lot of fun and got a lot of things!
Next day was our second walking tour, which also didn’t turn out as planned. The heat was just really oppressive, so we just skipped a few temples. We did see the palace though, which was pretty amazing if only for the sheer amount of bling on it!
Murals and guardians
We rested, then decided to go back to the shopping area of the previous day. Some of Kenji’s shirts didn’t fit, so we were going to see if we could exchange sizes. On the way we stopped in at A&W (yay!)
Our plane was SUPER early the next morning, so we called it a night and got ready to go. The plane ride home was pretty uneventful, and we got to Japan just fine, found a bus, and headed back to Gunma. On the way we were pleased to see wisteria blooming, which means we hadn’t missed them in Fujioka!
And that’s it! Now I can go back to posting the normal stuff, including soon pictures of the house I will be moving to by the end of the month!