We biked around for five days, flew around the country on cheap airlines, motor-biked on a remote island, and tuk-tuk'd almost everywhere else. As for planning, we did very little. Monet booked our first night in a hotel somewhere in depths of Bangkok ("It's near a park"), but that was it.
First, the little family at the Singapore airport. Here's Mark and Leaf's arms:
Here's Monet and Leaf celebrating Monet's unusually large bag. We couldn't show you the bag because the gravitational waves blurred all attempts at photography.
"Wow, it's like Tomorrowland!"
"But we went over the international dateline. . .it's the Day-After-Tomorrowland."
"But since we made it here, it should be Todayland!"
Monet took this panorama which would have been perfect if some dork didn't jump in at the end
Lumpini ParkBangkok was busy, noisy and grimy. . . nothing like our home in Flagstaff (nor Tomorrowland). We found solace by stumbling into the nearby park (Lumpini Park). In a jet-lagged haze, we munched on street-vendor donuts, watched a bunch of old ladies do Tai Chi, and avoided giant lizards.
Monet and Leaf preparing for our bicycle tour. They didn't realize these bikes don't move.
Monitor lizard at Lumpini Park
Wat Pho and Mo
After the park, we looked at our hotel tourist map and picked some places to visit. Of course, our first choice was this incredible sounding theme park. . .
But after some soul-searching, we decided to head for the temples. Getting there involved the subway, a tuk tuk, and a a boat. Here is us tuk tuking. . .
Thai people like things on a stick (chicken-on-a-stick, pork-on-a-stick, weird-thing-on-a-stick). The boats on the Chao Phraya River have engines-on-a-stick!
Leaf. . . our man in Bangkok.
Mango smoothy please. . . shaken, not stirred.
We managed to visit two temples (Wat Arun and Wat Pho). One thing we noticed right away. . . there's a butt-load of Buddhas in Thailand. . . can I say that?
There are FAT BUDDHAS
There are SKINNY BUDDHAS
There are EXTRA TALL SKINNY BUDDHAS
There are EXTRA TALL RECLINING BUDDHAS
There are even EXTRA TALL RECLINING BUDDHA'S FEET
"Excuse me sir, is there any place in the temple without giant golden Buddhas?"
"Let me think . . maybe downstairs in the basement? No wait, there's a Buddha down there too. Krap."
Another thing that you quickly notice about Thailand is they like to put fancy portraits of people everywhere. We are not sure who they are. Maybe the employees of the month?
Okay, so that was our big day in Bangkok. . . tomorrow, onto the Monkey Village. We'll leave you with our first sighting of an elephant in Thailand.