|I can now cook Thai!|
Unfortunately, I didn't have time to venture outside of Bangkok but there's plenty to do in Bangkok, and plenty bang for your errr.. dollar ;)
The trip over was uneventful and I managed to get just enough sleep on the 20+ hour journey to arrive at the hotel at midnight ready to collapse. Mission get-over-jetlag-quickly accomplished! Incidentally, I read nearly all of Chrissie Wellington's autobiography on the plane and it turns out she trained in Thailand during her early years as a pro. So I was hopeful I could find some nice running spots around Bangkok as I had some long build up runs due on this trip.
To say Bangkok is lively at nights is an understatement! I could sense the hubbub from the taxi. However, I was so tired that I arrived at the hotel around midnight and went straight to bed. But was awake the next morning at 5AM for an eight mile run. I tried exploring the city but was constantly thwarted by street carts, motorbikes on the sidewalks, and gawking locals wondering what the heck I was doing running at 5AM!
|Morning Breakfast -- Healthy Option|
|Morning Breakfast -- Unhealthy Option|
|Hot and Humid. Worse than DC if you can believe it|
|Of course every run has to end with the local recovery drink|
|One of the many temples in the city|
|Luckily I was wearing jeans|
|I almost asked this guy if I could buy his pants. I think he may have lost a bet or something...|
|This is the Green Budha's temple|
|Guardian of the temple... Not sure what the statue is all about though ;)|
|There were hundreds of these lining the temple walls|
|Had to take a picture of the pink elephants|
|It took us a good minute to figure out that this guy was not real!|
|Definitely worth a visit. Its only open on Sundays though. Tania and I spent hours just wandering|
|Yes, even dominatrix shoes were on sale!|
The next day was an early start for a food market visit and then cooking with Poo -- Poo is a lovely slum dwelling lady who offers authentic Thai cooking classes and uses part of the proceeds to develop her slum. So not only was the name catchy, the cause was entirely authentic.
The market visit wasn't exactly for someone with a weak stomach. We saw all kinds of sea creatures and animals in various stages of slaughter. It wasn't pretty. At one stage, we witnessed a young man battering an eel with a wooden stick till it became limp and then he chopped it in half. I had serious thoughts of becoming a vegetarian that morning!
|Dicing some frogs|
|Plenty of fresh fish|
|Pig head anyone?|
|The fruit market was a welcome relief!|
|Some very fresh spices|
Overall, it was a great trip and definitely worth going back to explore the rest of the country. Rumor has it that Thailand has some ok beaches and national parks.... Should go explore sometime soon!