Monday, October 31, 2011

Thailand: Day 3

Gabe and I couldn't wait to explore the city of Bangkok, so we set an early morning wake-up call at 6am and learned quite quickly what Thailand humidity was like.  Cool and collected and then within seconds of being outside ... hot, very hot.  Words can't describe how sticky it felt at a whopping 85 degrees.

Speaking of temperature, I took my first shower with an electric shower (pictured below).  I had read many reviews of travels saying they were disappointed in the hotels water temperature, so I just thought it was expected for the shower to be cooler than the one I am use to ... BUT, I didn't read the machine to notice you have to push a button for it to heat the water, which happens instantly.  I advised Gabe that the water was pretty chilly, and his brilliant self got it working like it should.  I guess that's what I get for showering first.  I laugh about it now, but it was the quickest shower I've ever taken LOL!

The BTS skytrain worked like a champ, and plopped us directly in the city just three blocks from out next hotel.  Ohh, the Pullman King Power!  I loved every bit of this hotel from the refreshing drinks upon arrival and checkin process where we were to not get up while the friendly gal took care of the rest.  The Thai attentiveness was unlike anything we've ever seen.

And, I owe all the success to TripAdvisor and Agoda (hotel booking in Asia) because we were thoroughly impressed with not only our first hotel but especially our second.  It was just incredible to see the grounds of this place.  Check out that pool!!!   :)

Off to see the sights ...
Yes, I'm glistening from the 10ft walk to the TukTuk

First stop, street food!!!  
This was one of the things we were most looking forward to as I had read all about it.  One might wonder how sanitary it is or how long it has been sitting out, etc but we went with our gut (*I had Imodium, Pepto, and antibiotics for backup).  Then, we had to go by looks as the gal didn't speak really any English.  I later got Gabe eating his meal on video as it was SO spicy and he was sweating profusely from the kick and gulping water.  He said it was worth it though, but it would have been equivalent to like 10star in the states!

Chao Phraya River, which runs though Bangkok and we took to get to 
The Grand Palace - very dark muddy brownish water

Feeding the birds was wild!

The famous Khoa San Road - Backpackers area

Gabe checking out his options - a dish of Phad Thai $2!!

Gabe said the BEST Thai of the trip (thus far at least, ha!)

Cooling off with a Thai beer

Loving it!

Now, he has moved on to waffles.  
I felt like we were at the carnival and he had to try EVERYTHING :)

Are we really in Thailand, this place is incredible :)

And to finalize our second night in Bangkok, we grabbed dinner at a local spot that apparently was THE place for Westerns to meet their Thai ladies.  We sadly watched probably 20 transactions take place, and honestly makes you sick.  Very eye opening for us ...

Next up, day 3 continued at The Grand Palace 
as it needed a post entirely for itself!


Liesl said...

You both are so cute together and what fun adventures! I remember Bangkok, but it has been years since I was there, so, this was a fun look back! Now, I must go catch up on Day 1 and Day 2 it!

Liesl :)

Jenn @ West Sac Honey said...

I love reading these! It makes me want to go asap! Are you ever going to recap what the prices might have been like? I'd be interested to know..

Bobbi said...

That sounds incredible! I love all your pictures!
I've heard the humidity there is outrageous!

I'm hoping to take my dad on a trip to Vietnam so maybe we'll stop in Thailand too!

Meghan said...

You are adorable! And what an amazing trip.

I can't wait to read on...

Meredith said...

Sounds like one fabulous trip, can't wait to hear more!!

Ashleigh Nichole said...

you two are just adorable! Looks like you both have been having a blast!Have fun :)

Anonymous said...

how awesome and I love that you wear keens! are they just the best??

MCW said...

Looks like a hottub scene from the Bachelor!!! ha.

Jealous of you world travelers.

LC said...

WOW I may have to add Thailand to my list of places to go! Sounds incredible!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

It looks like it was an amazing trip!!!

Anonymous said...

Pad thai in Thailand would be amazing! I want some!

Emily said...

So did you guys end up eating your weight in food? ha Some authentic noodles sound so yummy :]

~KS said...

You and your travels... I am so jealous!! I would eat myself silly there.

Anonymous said...

You are so brave with the street food! I really don't think I could have tried it...I can barely do street food at home.

I was laughing at the pictures of G doing his thumbs up because my guys ALWAYS does that goofy thumbs up in pictures on EVERY vacation we go on...and usually while sporting a tank top. My guy glanced over my shoulder to see what I was laughing at and he said that G must be his long lost light skinned brother and that he's OK in his book. ☺

Kristin said...

$2?? thats awesome!! I wanna go!!

Neha said...

The pics are great! How was the street food? India is full of that!! You will love it here :)

And did you get any tattoo done by any chance? Just curious :)

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Oh my gosh look at all that yummy food!! I love it!

Tracy said...

We just used Agoda to book a place in Rome! It's interesting, the whole voucher thing. Glad to see someone else using the site successfully.

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