First morning in Bangkok
Trip Start Oct 15, 2010
27Trip End Jan 11, 2011
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We woke Jonny and Christie at eight. As you can imagine, Christie was not at all impressed to find that a drunk guy had thrown up all over her shoes during the night. It made for a somewhat sour start to our day.
After breakfast we explored the pretty sois near Khao San. Then we found a taxi to take us to the famous weekend markets across town. As we drove through city we passed dozens of 5 meter tall shrine-like images of the Queen of Thailand set in ornate gold frames. The markets were just huge. We wondered around the little lanes for hours, occasionally stumbling across an area we’d already come across. The market, like all of Bangkok so far, was much more relaxed than I had imagined. Vendors hardly hassled us at all, waiting until they could see we were seriously considering a purchase until they made an approach. Jonny and Christie went on a big shopping spree, bargaining for the best prices for beautiful scarves and ripped-off designer clothing. There were endless amounts of amusing Tshirts which Nathan believes come from a factory of photoshoppers who are tasked with coming up with hilarious, and sometimes just plain random jokes. One of our favourites consisted of Mr. Bean as a storm trooper accompanied by a storm trooper duck. Like ... what? I’m having slight regrets about not purchasing that one, or maybe its counterpart – Obama as a storm trooper.
We shared an omelette, fried rice and pad thai at one of the market stalls. As the owner had promised, the pad thai was truly delicious. It’s not a dish I’m overly fond of in New Zealand, but this had lots of fresh ingredients and flavours
Random impressions of Bangkok so far:
1. A girl rides on the back of her boyfriend's bicycle, shielding him with an umbrella as he peddles.
2. A woman uses a cat-shaped bubble machine in the middle of a traffic jam, and we smile at each other across the lanes.
3. An old lady with one tooth argues angrily with her neighbouring vendor.
4. A little boy stands outside his mother’s shop, peeing into the street that is running with rainwater.