By the time we got to Bangkok, we were mere shadows of the vibrant, energetic travelers we once were. We headed straight for Chao’s house to meet his family, who took us out for a nice dinner at a local restaurant. We ate, talked about our travels, then headed home for one of the most well-received nights of sleep you can imagine.
On our first full day in Bangkok, we headed downtown to meet up with some friends from South Africa, in town for two nights. For our first official activity in Bangkok, we took a boat tour on what just might have been THE most polluted river on the planet. We cruised by the city’s famous houseboats and floating market (below).
We disembarked to tour (or hike, really) some of the local temples (below) and to see the Grand Palace, a complex of regal buildings that have served as the official residence of the Kings of Thailand since the eighteenth century.
We walked around for a bit in Siam Square, a popular area thriving with shopping, cinemas, and plenty of food. We tried a little pad thai, made fresh on the street, and some disco shrimp.