We arrived in Bangkok Friday morning and after settling in at our hotel, we set out to discover as much of Bangkok as possible in 1 day. We started by taking the skytrain to a boat bus dock. After asking numerous people if we were in the right place and waiting, we discovered that the boat we wanted to take was no longer running for the day because the part of the river it travels was closed for a practice run for a royal function. Based on the suggestions we had been given we decided to wait for another boat bus and take it to Chinatown. The plan was to then walk from Chinatown to the Royal Palace. While the boat bus was worthwhile since seeing Bangkok from the river is essential, as is a walk through Chinatown, the idea to walk from Chinatown to the Royal Palace was a mistake.
Dinner was a delicious splurge at a very cool restaurant called "Long Table". The restaurant was on the 25th floor of a hotel and had a gorgeous view of the city. It is called Long Table because there is a massive table (76 feet/23 meters) that stretches throughout the
restaurant. There is also a pool that jets out from the restaurant onto the terrace.
The last day of our trip was spent shopping and pampering. We started early and made out for the Chatuchak Weekend Market. It was massive and we learned a valuable lesson - Don't wait for Bangkok to buy souvenirs. Seth thought we would be able to find everything in Bangkok and at a good price. Very untrue! More expensive and less choice!
After the market we headed back to our hotel to unwind a little after the hectic market and then made our way to the spa for our Thai spa experience.
Before the spa Seth ran around to find someone who could sew patches onto Gus (his backpack). After the gentleman on the street with a sewing machine was only able to do 1 of the three, Seth pressed on and luckily found someone who did the other 2 by hand.
The spa was great. For under $60 each, we got body scrubs and two-hour massages. Seth got a two-hour aromatherapy massage while Gali got a one-hour Thai massage and a one-hour aromatherapy one. If only there were similar prices
After the massage we went for manicures and pedicures. While this might seem like a strange way to end a trip - especially for Seth - you will just have to wait for the next blog where all is explained... It ends with a diamond ring 😉
Dinner that evening was at a tasty restaurant recommended by our hotel, the name "cabbages and condoms" threw us off but the food was delish (best pad thai of the trip). The goal of the organization that runs this restaurant is to educate the public on safe sex practices and wants the conversation about sex to be as easy and comfortable as when people speak about vegetables!
Bangkok is a hub we needed to fly in and out, point finale, we had our fun but did not like the city and all of its pollution, we will not be heading back there.
Now onto the piece de resistance of our Southeast-Asia voyage...
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