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    Tropical Punch Tour: Thailand Part 27

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010
    Bangkok, Thailand

    A cardboard cartist plies the back alleys of Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

    I think my mouth just came. Yellow curry at May Kaidee's in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

    I woke up this morning just as the bus rolled into the Bangkok area. I was still bleary and hadn’t yet put on my shoes or packed up a couple of loose things into my backpack when it suddenly pulled into a terminal, the name of which I couldn’t see anywhere. I rushed to put on my shoes and get off the bus, but it only stopped for a minute or two. Then, as it proceeded into rush hour Bangkok traffic, I asked various other passengers and a couple of bus employees if they knew where the bus had just stopped and where it was going next, but none of them spoke English. They finally found a girl who spoke a little bit of it, and after a whole lot of slow talking and hand gestures, I realized that, thankfully, the bus was going to another stop in Bangkok near Siam Square.

    Living it up across the canal from Santichaiprakan Park in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

    A late evening aerobics session steams full ahead at Santichaiprakan Park in front of the Chao Phraya river in Banglamphu, Bangkok, Thailand.

    When I disembarked there, a hotel security guard pointed me in the direction of Siam Square, but after I walked a quarter of a mile, I figured out it was in the opposite direction. I wonder if he was just clueless or if he was messing with me? Delirious, hot, sticky and sweat-soaked, I finally made it onto the air-con-blasted Skytrain, then into the cool breeze of the Chao Phraya river taxi. Luckily, Donna Guest House had a room available a little while after I arrived, where I took a much-needed shower and napped for a few hours. A delicious meal at May Kaidee’s made things right again, followed by a little rest and relaxation at Santichaiprakan Park on the banks of the Chao Phraya river, where another big group of ladies rocked a super loud and ridiculous aerobics workout.

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    All words and photos ©2010 Arcane Candy.

    One response to “Tropical Punch Tour: Thailand Part 27”

    1. Jim Davis says:

      I talked to Mom today and told her about you almost losing your wallet on the bus. Also when you were at the temple with the monks. I’m enjoying following your trip. Good luck in Myanmar!

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