TRAVELBUCKET

BANGKOK, THAILAND

It is holiday time  –  where shall we go?

 So I bought the tickets, meet up with hubby at OR Tambo and off we go via Doha to Bangkok to do a double take on this – see some family and see where the road leads us for the next 28 days!

As we were picked up late at night at Bangkok airport by the relatives you realize that you are in for a hot and humid couple of weeks.  Luckily we packed light.   Bangkok is a big sprawling city which is literally sinking away a couple of centimeters every year – or is it the sea level rising? – with a lot of bling that is constantly in your face.

Bangkok temples

Bangkok temples

As we were staying in Rangsit we set off by bus, train, taxi and a long boat  to explore downtown Bangkok with a local resident.    The shops are open until late at night so the city never sleeps.

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Approaching downtown Bangkok

On our way we passed klongs standing next to modern malls and scooters and colourful buses rubbing shoulders amongst ornate temples.

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The Klongs

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Colourful long distances buses

On a long boat in Bangkok

We visited multiple story malls where they sell 100 percent original fake brands ranging from clothing to electronic stuff, interesting food (although some less interesting to my appetite!) fresh fruit and flowers.  Albeit a bit more expensive than the local food you will also find KFC and McDonalds here.

Interesing Thai food

Interesing Thai food

Actually you can eat and buy anything that your heart desires – shoppers paradise!

Modern Malls

Modern Malls

Be prepared to walk long distances in humid conditions as traffic is quite congested and it can take some time to reach your destination ……. AND wear proper shoes otherwise your feet look like mine!

After a day of walking in Bangkok

After a day of walking in Bangkok

Because hubby is an aviation enthusiast we set aside a whole day to explore the Royal Thai Air Force Museum near the Don Mueang airport.  Although most of the display information is in Thai the exhibitions is of a good standard and worth a visit. Be prepared to hear no English speakers around here, but they will go on a chase to find someone on the museum grounds that can understand a wee bit of English to assist if you have a question!   We really appreciated their friendliness and effort in order to help us.

Thai Royal Air Force Museum

Thai Royal Air Force Museum

Royal Thai Air Force Museum

Royal Thai Air Force Museum

One day we went to explore nearby in Rangsit and found the wake park (a first for me) where you can rent a wet suit and other gear and do some skiing – all this happening right in the middle of the urban area with a zip line on a lake!    Not even the family who have been living here for 8 years knew about this place!  Thanks to  our Garmin GPS with the Thailand maps loaded we found and explored it.

At the Wake Park in Rangsit

At the Wake Park in Rangsit

At the wake park

At the wake park

Thailand makes for a cheap destination with safe street food from vendors in all shapes and sizes that put out their stalls every day and night.  Most of the Thais do not cook at home, because vendor food is tasty and very cheap.

Fish of all kinds

Fish of all kinds

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A nightly street vendor selling fruit

Thailand was never top of the wish list, but am still glad that I could add it to my travel bucket experiences.

“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”
Rudyard Kipling

 

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