Thai Massage and Lake View
Have a home spa massage. You can choose among several packages such as aromatherapy, royal thai massage, foot reflexology, exfoliating massage, facials, etc. I had a ninety minute aromatherapy massage for 1200 baht...to have one at the Home Garden Spa across the street would be 650 but I don't mind paying the difference to have it done in my room. The uniformed masseuse comes with a basket with all you'd need to transform your bedroom or living room into a home spa....a mat, robe, oils, aroma jar and candles, cd's of soothing thai music, etc. We get this view every night from the apartment where we stayed. After a massage, a cup of ginger tea, and totally relaxed company, the busy traffic and scorching heat of the city becomes bearable.
A giant amongst our new campanions
There is enough to keep the traveler busy for long stays, but if time is short, I’d say the Grand Palace is the must see attraction here. It’s funny; my only strong memory of this place is walking around eating seemingly all day. There were no set meals, just seeing things, and eating them. I rarely knew what it was, but everything; literally everything, I ate here was great. Fruits like you’d see in Malaysia and even cheaper. The food stalls were the best. You just looked and pointed, and if it looked good, it pretty much tasted good too. And they all seemed clean and healthy. I never got sick. What made it even harder to not overeat were the prices. You could eat well for under $4 and snacks were all too plentiful and even cheaper. Sweets, let’s not talk about. But my favorites were the beverage stands. They had a variety of beverages like I’ve never seen anywhere. You’d walk up and there’d invariably be a crowd huddled around, sipping precariously from little silver cups. For little more than a few pennies, you could enjoy this little ritual, and beat the heat. Seemed to always be under a big umbrella, and they were fairly well watered-down with ice, but tasty and refreshing just the same. Lumps of gelatin or beans were just some of the exotic ingredients in these drinks but a favorite was one with tealeaves floating innocuously enough on top. So, you’d sip, a giant amongst your new companions, and join in the laughter and camaraderie that was the bustling Bangkok streets. (This is an old memory from 1993)
Muang Boran ~ The Great Battle of Yuthahathi
The Great Battle of Yuthahathi
During the Ayutthaya era (1350-1767 A.D.), the kingdom was under Burmese rule for 15 years. King Naresuan the Great rose up against the invaders and liberated Siam from the Burmese yoke by winning the battle of Yuthahathi. Phra Maha Uparacha, the Burmese Prince and Commanding General, was killed in a royal duel fought on elephant-back. The Battle of Yuthahathi took place in Tambon Nongsarai of Suphanburi Province at a site known as Don-Chedi.
Learn some Thai! I WISH I...
Learn some Thai! I WISH I knew more than this: Sawadee Kha (hello, said by a woman) and Kop Khun Kha (thank you, again said by a woman). Kha is the ending when a woman speaks. Must try and learn something more than two words next time :'>
If you love to shop like I do, you should take as big bag as you can. It should be empty when you arrive because it's going to be full when it's time to leave this marvellous shopping city. Bangkok is always very humid and hot and therefore I recommed to take many t-shirts and strapless tops, shorts and skirts. Great shoes are also essential because the traffic in Bangkok is jammed and I personally prefer to walk in the city. The distances are not so long if you choose an area which you want to explore. If you are going to visit the shopping malls you can prepare to cool air because they are always well air-conditioned. I was freezing in some of the malls and therefore I was carrying the shirt with sleeves with me. Altough you have to remember that you cannot enter into some of the wats f.ex. in strap tops. A face water or some kind of atomiser is good to have, because you can cool yourself with it when the heat is on.
You can find any kind of toiletries and medicines from Bangkok in cheap prices.