Sunday, December 09, 2007

Bangkok by day

It's beginning to feel like I'm losing momentum in my Thailand blogging. So here are a few experiences to share, before the memories wear away:

Shopping is an experience unto itself. The malls are enormous and there seems to be an endless supply of them. Even with our hearty western breakfasts every morning (I mean, can you really mess with such a good thing? Eggs and bacon are the perfect fuel for a mall, even if the bacon always had a bit of the taste of asia fried into it. Was that oyster sauce I detected), we would still get overshopped by mid-day. With entire floors dedicated to small stalls of tourist kitsch, furniture, electronics (aka. knock off cell phones and pirated DVDs) it's easy to get lost or to just give up on seeing daylight again. In the end, I'm hopeful that each of us picked up lots of good christmas items.

We also spent a day wandering around chinatown. Mostly these narrow alleyway markets which went from selling basic consumer items like purses, shoes and jewelry to selling a variety of chinese food staples to selling incense and paper items for use in the temples.

These markets were packed, and the flow of pedestrians would frequently get interupted by a motorcycle that had decided to "take the short cut" through the markets. And the food stalls seemed to be a lesson in biology. Was that just intestine floating in that jelley? I think that was a pigs foot. Lunch, any one?

And then there was my favorite day time activity: The Thai Cooking class. On the third floor of a thai restaurant, they had a classroom kitchen complete with desks and mirror over the cook top to watch the chef. Then across the hall was the student kitchen where we got to put the recipes to the test. By the end of the afternoon, we'd made 5 different dishes and had way too much food to consume for lunch. Now all I need is to find kaffir lime leaves in Australia...

The complete photo album from our daily activities (sans temples) is here:

Touring and Shopping


Michael December 11, 2007 at 5:43 PM  

Great postings about Bangkok. I love that city. Last year, Owen Robinson and I took part in the protests against Prime Minister Thaksin, not only because he was a bad guy, but because it seemed more like a huge block party. Most of the protesters wore yellow in support of the king.

Erin Fitzgerald December 14, 2007 at 8:32 PM  

I hadn't realized you were going to Thailand -- Kate Stevens has been there and in Indonesia for the last several months, but it never occurred to me that you're really not that far. Anyway, sounds fascinating... I'd love to see that part of the country.

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