Bangkok, Day 1

Unfortunately, forgetting that Singapore was a full day ahead of NYC also meant we had one less day in Singapore than I had anticipated but, we had a flight booked the next morning for Bangkok.  As our taxi made it’s way through Bangkok, we noticed people walking one of the main streets carrying signs.  I had read about protests in Bangkok but the atmosphere seemed congenial and the crowd diverse so I wasn’t sure if it was a parade or the protests.  The front desk staff at our hotel confirmed it was the protests (being early November, this was the start of the unrest in Thailand).  After checking in, we grabbed lunch at a nearby restaurant.  My first impressions of Bangkok weren’t very positive between the congested sidewalks filled with people and vendors, the high volumes of traffic on the streets, and the crowded subways.  After lunch, we made our way to Wat Pho to see the famous reclining Buddha.

Wat Pho

Then, it was onto Soul Food Mahanakorn for some creative Thai food, including a tasty banana leaf salad.  It was our first of many meals that made Thailand well worth the long flight!

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