Bangkok in 2010

This week after working through the weekend and lots of overtime, I went off to Bangkok for work! I didn’t have time to be excited because I was very busy, but once I got there it finally hit me that I was in Thailand for the first time ever! :D

Anyway, the first two days was spent inside Novotel Bangna as we were working. We literally didn’t take a single step out of the hotel and ate hotel food for each meals.

On thursday we finally had some time to go explore the city. This was taken at Siam Square, where we got massages!

Speaking of massages, I’m very fond of Thai massage. Some parts were just down right painful (but in a good way), and tickled so bad that I was silently praying for it to be over, but over all it was very good! I had my body folded in ways I didn’t know could be folded and had my back cracked in places I didn’t know could be cracked. The masseuse says I was pretty flexible compared to normal people though.

Anyway, I had three massages in the span of two days. it was lovely

Also had a very good thai dinner. I was either very hungry or it was very good.

My coworker and I extended our stay for one day, so we checked out of Bangna and headed to our hotel in the middle of city!

love the hotel! it has hardwood floor :D

Lunch at a nearby thai place:

Complimentary tuktuk ride by our hotel!

Dropped us off nearby Sukhumvit MRT station

Then we walked to Asok BTS Station, which is right across the street

… and had a brief encounter with the red shirts. There was a huge rally that weekend, but I barely noticed it. I saw a bunch of guards though.

Off to Chit Lom

Arrived at Chit Lom station

Then took the cab to Temple of Dawn

The temple had all these super steep staircases, supposed to represent the hardship we go through to achieve higher existence

Walking down was a bit scary…

Then we took a mini ferry ride across the river to a temple with a HUGE reclining Buddha Statue!

I love love love the wall decorations

After that, off to Suan Lum night market

Got dinner and explored the market a bit. I bought one of these lights in purple for 100 baht:

The next day, we were up early to go to one of Bangkok’s famous floating market.

Was stuck in a bit of a boat jam, but we made it out okay.

The lights I bought from the night market! Soooo pretty…

Anyway, I was very impressed with Bangkok. The trains were clean and easy to understand, and the city was very clean compared to.. say, Jakarta. Food was good, and people were friendly. I think I’ll be back again some day :D

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