Our visa applications have been submitted and now we are venturing out into the city. Right now it is very hot and humid in Bangkok (which is why we plan to spend more time here in the fall, when it is cooler and less humid), and we need to constantly drink water to keep from getting exhausted.
Alexa stubbed her foot and broke a toe while getting off the scuba diving boat in Sanur, so she went to the hospital here in Bangkok to see how the hospitals are here (report: very nice and modern). Her toe should heal with a little time and rest, so Jason did some exploring in some of the markets along the Chao Phraya River. There is a market (known as the flower market) where goods are off-loaded from boats on the river into dense alleys full of all sorts of goods (fruits, flowers, vegetables, street food, trinkets, etc.). The street markets are packed and lively, engaging all senses with the smells, sounds, heat, and visual stimulus.
We have been eating some great Thai food on the streets, but haven’t gotten into the more gnarly fried sea creatures that are commonly seen. So far we have just eaten tame dishes like green curry chicken, Pad Thai and chili paste chicken with rice. We have tried some of the fruits here, including the tasty (sweet, juicy and soft) and funky looking Rambutan, which Jason got for about 20 cents for a pound at the street market. These fruit stands sell fruit smoothies on Soi Rambutri (the road out in front of where we are staying) and you can get a nice, cool fruit smoothie for 60 cents.
The next day we both went to the Chatuchak Weekend market. This outdoor/indoor market has tons of items for sale, from a bizarre country western booth (complete with twanging country music) to sales of pirates CDs and DVDs, art work, ceramics, name brand clothing (wink, wink) and booths full of “North Face”, “Lowe Alpine”, “Jack Wolfskin” and “Dueter” brand name (wink, wink) backpacks. It was hot and crowded, but had an endless amount of cheap shopping. But be careful, things are not always as they appear in this market and bargaining is a must.
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