Monday, May 14, 2007

Bangkoked!

Finally, after almost two weeks of sorting through 700+ digital images, I can now post my Bangkok photos. I really have no time to write a long post though, so I’m going to make this short and sweet.

Been to Bangkok for our 10th year wedding anniversary. Stayed at the Baiyoke Sky Hotel, the tallest hotel in Thailand (88 stories). Got upgraded from deluxe room to junior suite = fantastic view. Toured most of Bangkok’s temples. Saw many Buddhas in various shapes and forms. Took a lovely night cruise in the Chao Praya river. Even more fantastic view! Food was unforgettable. Rummaged for cheap bargains at countless day bazaars and night markets. Watched a live “show!” Visited the snake farm where I almost got jumped on by a copperhead. Took a day trip on boat to see more temples. Went to the Grand Palace where our trip was cut short due to the Princess’ arrival. Picture of the King plastered everywhere from huge streamers to coins. Rode a “tuktuk”, Bangkok’s version of a tricycle. Dinner at the Suan Lum night bazaar, got a complete, mouth-watering meal for just 50 baht (About one dollar)! Went barhopping and enjoyed Bangkok’s nightlife. Went to a spa, had a relaxing Thai massage. Did a city tour, saw the big-ass reclining Buddha (about 50 meters long and 15 meters high!) Spent our last night looking at Bangkok’s skyline on the hotel’s revolving 78th floor. Drank cocktails at the bar on the 75th floor. Again, fantastic view! Had our last buffet breakfast. Checked out. Headed to the newly-constructed Suvarnabhumi (pronounced as Sawana-boom) airport. Took the plane ride home.

Here are some of the photos. Click on the images if you want a larger view:

From exotic food, cheap clothes and fake watches, to enormous Buddhas and beautiful temples, Bangkok, the so-called “Land of Smiles”, did not disappoint. In fact, there’s just too many to do, so many sites to visit and so many items to shop for that’s enough to disconnect you from the real world and make you feel like a King for a day. Or, like in our case, for 3 nights and 4 days.

As the song goes, “One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster”. Yup, this one-hit wonder of a jet-setter has been, to coin a phrase, Bangkoked. And I won’t mind doing it again.




8 comments:

foam said...

1. great photos

2. ya'll are a cute couple

3. your black and white photos are very interesting..

4. sounds like a place you cannot get bored with.

5. now i wanna go......right this minute!

russkal said...

Foam,

Trust me, the word "boredom" does not exist in Bangkok. There's just so many things to do, staying there for 4 days and 3 days is not enough!

Glad you liked the photos :P

Craig D said...

This is as close as I'll ever get to visiting Bangkok (whimper!) so thanks for sharing!

Wizened Wizard said...

Happy Anniversary!

Sounds like a wonderful trip. 700 pictures?!?! Thanks for sharing a few of them.

russkal said...

You're welcome, Craig. But you should go and experience it for yourself!

Wiz,

'Twas a wonderful trip indeed. Only it was really short. Glad you appreciate the pictures.

Dirk_Star said...

Hello old friend!

Great photos.

I've been on a brief hiatus while i get to know my new baby.

His name is Micah, which means, who is like God. He is sweet tempered and very mellow. We are blessed...

Dirk_Star said...

You are sorely missed good friend...

Dirk_Star said...

Dude, come back...