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A day in Bangkok…

Felt like three! If we would have planned any more to do today, we wouldn’t have had time to blink.

We began early with another amazing breakfast.. photo as promised:

Breakfast

If you know me, you know that I LOVE food, but am not a breakfast food fan.. well looks like Asians aren’t either! Ah what a treat!

After breakfast we headed to see the Golden Buddha, the world’s largest solid gold statue which weighs 5.5 tons and is about 10 feet tall.

Golden Buddha.

 

Parents and me infront of the Golden Buddha.

Then we went for a stroll through Chinatown. But let me tell you.. I have been to Chinatown in a few cities in America, but this was a completely different experience. No fake purses or watches being sold here! It was a place truly for locals to buy their groceries and everyday household items.. which to us are really not so everyday.

Chinatown in Bangkok

Vendor in Chinatown

Beautiful dried fruit!

Crabs in Chinatown

Fish Kissy!

Rice cake chef.

I also learned something new while I was in Chinatown today. It is Chinese tradition for when someone dies to bring paper representations of material goods they used while alive to their funeral and burn them. There was shop after shop of paper models of planes, watches, phones, crock pots, coffee makers, cars, shoes, clothes, anything you could imagine.

Chinese Funeral.

Chinese Funeral.

After Chinatown we went to visit the Emerald Buddha at the Grand Palace by Tuk Tuk. The compound that the palace is on is unbelievable. The colors, plants, layout, and intricate detail on every inch of every building is like nothing I have seen before. But of course.. I accidentally packed an extra tank top in my purse instead of a coverup so I got to wear a super stylish Hawaiian button-up shirt. Luckily I wasn’t the only one walking around with the island vibe.

Looking stylish at the Grand Palace.






Emerald Buddha

Buddha

Grand Palace

After we finished exploring this astonishing palace, we moved on to a possibly even more breathtaking sight.. the “Reclining Buddha.” 154 feet long and 50 feet high. It is housed in a small building so hard to get a good photo of the whole thing but i was about as big as three of his toes.

Reclining buddha.

Then we took a longtail boat for a ride through a few of bangkok’s 500 canals which are lined but slightly decrepit but incredibly interesting houses.

Longtail boat ride.

Me on the longtail boat.

House on a canal in Bangkok.

Bangkok canal convenience store.

We ended the day with a punch.. or two.. or three..and some kicking..

At a Thai Kickboxing match. These guys were brutal! And the best thing about it was the crowd going crazy after each round placing bets with each other. They were yelling and throwing up hand signals all over, looked like a Thai version of wall street.

Getting thrown!

Crowd going wild.

Sitting Ringside!

My mom and I with the winner. He won 40,000 baht (=$1,333.00)

Photo overload? Never….! Just wait until tomorrow, we are visiting the floating market. Something I have wanted to see for years!

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Doha & Bangkok

Doha, Qatar Airport.

Doha, Qatar Airport.

My mom and I flew into Doha, Qatar (Dubai’s sister city) in the middle of the night. As we stepped off the plane we were hit with an intense heat wave, it felt like we walked into the driest and hottest sauna there is. I figured it must just be the engine heat but I was incredibly wrong. It was 104 degrees out… AT NIGHT. Wow! I cannot imagine what it must feel like during the day. We had to quickly remember etiquette in the middle east, so I put away my usual eye contact and smile that I pass around to everyone since it is not ladylike to look a man in the eyes and definitely not to smile at them. So we decided to just sit and have some coffee. And because I love food.. let me just give some recognition to Qatar Airways for their amazing service and food.. When is the last time you saw something like this served on a 5 hour flight?

Amazing lunch on Qatar Airways.

And yes the wine was included, and no there was no limit on number of drinks.

We arrived in Bangkok at 7 a.m., incredibly tired but eager to see the town. So we decided an energizing massage would help us out. Well, we both fell asleep in the massage and my mom woke herself up because she snored too loud and I must have had a bad dream and yelled which scared both my masseuse and myself. But it did the trick! We hit the town and because we only had a few days we took some beautiful fabric that my mom bought in ghana to a tailor, along with some photos of clothes too expensive to buy, but easy to replicate.

Fabric from Ghana we are making clothes with.

My dad arrived in the middle of the night and flew into my room like a tornado. He immediately started telling me a story (he is a renowned story teller whose stories take 10x longer to tell than needed). His everlasting energy then got us up and going at 7 am. We ate an amazing breakfast at the hotel (will definitely post pictures tomorrow), and then went off to the “Mo Chit” stop on the train to go to the Chatuchak weekend market. An endless maze of vendors that stretches for miles.

Chatuchak Weekend Market

There was a lot of junk but also some really beautiful and bizarre things. I bought a necklace that will definitely turn some heads.

Beetle Necklace.

There was also an entire food section of the market. I now believe that Thai food is by far the most aromatically pleasing and tasting food! Have you ever seen prawns this fresh and beautiful?

Fresh Prawns

Prawns

I will leave you with a couple of my favorite characters I came across today…

Little old lady just people watching.

Little old lady just people watching.

Tuk Tuk driver with his lunch to go.

I found him!

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