Thailand: A Bangkok Quickie…
Welcome to another week of Travel Photo Thursday. Hard to believe we are at week 195! I am on the fly again this week. My best intentions flew out the window this week, and now here I am at almost 8pm just getting Travel Photo Thursday “out the door”. On my way back from Penang this past summer I had a sixteen hour layover in Bangkok. I cannot tell you how excited I was. I hadn’t been to Bangkok in at least two years, and the last time I was there was just after the riots and the burning of Central World. What was on my mind? Shopping, massage, and food…pretty much in that order. I headed to Central World, which the last time I was there was still burnt out, with plywood sheets covering the burnt out windows. My heart was warmed to see all the changes and rebuilding.
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First thing I wanted to do was a bit of shopping. There were a couple of things I wanted, like my favorite soap and body lotion, and I was hoping to find an outfit to spruce up the fall semester. First I had to stop for a shot on my way from the Skytrain to Central World. This IS Bangkok. Love it or hate it! I don’t think there is an in-between.
Shopping success (no photos!), and then this spa lured me in. What a deal, under $30. for two hours. I was in! I left there relaxed and hungry!
Now I am starved! My plan was to take the Skytrain a couple of stops to one of my favorite restaurants, but I exited Central World to find an outdoor food market. How could I resist?
The first thing I found was MOO PING. If you were here last winter you have to remember my love affair with the Chiang Mai moo ping stall. I was so excited to find the Moo Ping guys in Bangkok, and I was not disappointed. Their moo ping was FAB… a little sweet, and perfectly cooked. I was in heaven!
Only in Bangkok can you enjoy your favorite street food, with a front row seat to a shrine and its worshipers.
Now I was ready for my favorite Thai salad, Som Tom, and I again I was not disappointed. People were lined up ten deep waiting for this guy to perform his magic, and he was worth the wait. I was the only foreign face! His salad might be served in a Styrofoam dish, but it is worthy of a five-star restaurant. The sweet, the sour, and the crunch…hmmm.
My tummy is starting to groan just a bit, but I made one more trip into the food stalls. I knew exactly what I was looking for, and SUCCESS…Thai sour sausage, and my favorite. Again, I was not disappointed. Biting into each succulent sausage gave my taste buds just a wee jolt of sour….
And that ended my 16 hour Bangkok quickie. Back to the Skytrain, and the airport. If you have a short layover in Bangkok, don’t hesitate to take the Skytrain into the downtown core. It’s fast, comfortable, convenient, and cheap! But, just a couple of more shots that I couldn’t resist!
And this final shot is from my Air China flight into Seoul, just as dawn was breaking…
When was the last time you had a quickie layover, and where in the world was it?