Monday, December 17, 2012

Bangkok Experience

I will surely talk about Bangkok this time :) The city was hot and humid when we landed. Not knowing where to go, the only place that came to my mind was Khao San Road - I had read about this place as a backpacker's hole. All I wanted was a budgeted place to stay at Bangkok and I knew this place offered such.

But as they say, all things fall in place; it turned out that it was the perfect place to be. It had an amazing night life, night markets that sell from cheap trinkets, clothes, books and good food. Khao San Road had it all; and above all it was just a km away from the Chang Pier, Chao Praya Road and the famous Grand Palace complex. I did read about its proximity to famous places and seen the map as well, but had forgotten all about it until I discovered it again.

Got an amazing place to stay for 700Baht at the second hotel we saw; the first one offered a room for 300Baht but was a matchbox hole with no ventilation. Cheap food and drinks and though it was walking distance to famous places as I said, got almost duped on the first day. This is what happens. As soon as you get onto the street, tuk-tuk guys hustle around you offering you to take to Grand Palace and such. We thought we could talk to guys in the hotel or other shops and get the directions to Grand Palace. But it seems none of them knew where Grand Palace was!!! Maybe they were all small town guys here to slog hard and earn some money. We talked for a while and came to an intersection, having a huge map was a big mistake. A guy who was well dressed walked by and offered to help. How we got duped is a separate post in itself :)

Thailand is all about street food, you will never go hungry at all. Hygenic and cheap food, they are available when the devil goes to sleep or at the break of dawn, at the most sophisticated business district or at toursit spots. What amazed me is how they take pain to keep the streets clean; these food cart folks dont leave the garbage behind. The varieties are mammoth; you just need to have an appetite. A lip-smacking sea food at 30B and you get squids, octopus, sappers and what not. Unfortunate if you are a vegetarian like me.

Here is the food market just opposite to Grand Palace on the banks of the river Chao Praya.


 The aroma is electric again, not everyone may like it but if you are there, experience it.


The Khao San Road, its a sleepy little street during day time and the sun prepares to set; the mood alleviates.  Clothes, accessories, books, food, pub and fun all go hand in hand. The street is closed for motorists and cars.


This is what I mean. 


A pub was celebrating 15th anniversary. The waiters dancing to Gangnam Style 


 They were offering free buffet - but again unfortunately I couldn't taste much apart from the desserts.


I was watching this man prepare a dessert. He was so quick and efficient and churning out the blue sticky dessert. I later found out that this dessert has chicken shreds as a topping :-/


Among the desserts and street food in Thailand, these are the famous. Khanom Buang are small crispy crepes made of rice flour and has sweet fillings like coconut cream and shredded coconut. They are a treat to eat. 


This lady was preparing nuggets of some meat. 


Chefs at work. 


Fruit cart. I ate Dragon fruit and Yellow Water melons for the first time :) 


How many of you are saying Yummm? Sea food grilled - noodles, soup, or with rice. She is grilling octopus ordered by my husband while I was just looking. 


As lively as the street gets. 


The music and drinks flow until 4 AM. These folks are sitting and dancing on the road which actually is a nice wide road for cars and tuk-tuks.


Snacks anyone? Crunchy and protein filled


Well...You dont need an ID :) 

35 comments:

  1. The post captures the spirit of Bangkok truely:)A lovely destination and not too hard on the pocket!!!Brought back memories of the place!!

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    1. Rahul,

      Thank you :) I agree, lovely place and not hard on pocket.

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  2. Yeah, it is a fantastic place, and if you are a non- vegetarian then all the more fun.I really loved the dresses that were so good and also cheap. I had been there some 6/7 years back and they are still as good as new.They also have clean roads, and good hotels to stay and no stray dogs.

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    1. The dresses were awesome Rama and people willing to experiment wearing all those interesting clothes, I was inspired too. Yeah the cities and the country is clean, no stray dogs and people are responsible towards cleanliness

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  3. The unkindest cut of all- your description of sea food. sent me drooling.

    Cleanliness and civic sense is something that we will have to learn from our eastern neighbours who are smaller in economic might.
    Honestly I envy you - I'm bedeviled by jealousy for you.

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    1. I know; I wouldnt understand since I am not a vegetarian. But I did see my husband jumped with joy seeing the sea food galore. True Anil, if they all can, why cant we? Whats lacking in us? Envy me? You've traveled more than me isnt it?

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  4. B, my journeys were mostly like a horse with blinkers. The journeys which you note- the recent one, Costa rica, and also Secychelles, even Srilanka all have had ( I see from your writings)a distinct purpose and aim about it. Running around places as a tourist or even on work is a far cry and a insipid one.

    You seem to be blending with the new lands. That is what I felt.
    What if one has been to heaven but not seen paradise?

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    1. Anil,

      Thats exactly what I envy about - some people get to travel so much and how lucky they should be. But as you say, maybe they do not have a purpose to know the place. I vividly remember one of your posts on Catacombs of Paris and was wishing if I would visit it in my lifetime

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    2. Now that I think about it, did we have any purpose and aim in Costa Rica? :-p I remember how we were scolding ourselves; "Aimless souls!"
      But I guess, that was the aim! to be aimless! a trip of a life time! thanks to you.

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    3. Aimless, destination unknown. What a trip that was Gautam? Thanks to you as well, I still cant believe we were there :)

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  5. Loving the last three posts to the core!!! I excited like a little kid!

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    1. Oh are you following them? Thanks Gautam. Missed you there, esp at street food stalls and Siem Reap.

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    2. Feels nice to read all these comments. Different people from different walks of life. Sometimes with very interesting comments.
      I am not getting notifications for your comments. :-( The worst part is, when I read these posts from my mobile device, I get frustrated as I am not able to comment due to some bug in the browser. I get fed up and close it.

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    3. By the way, whenever I read your posts and comments, I see a hot chick on the side with a banner that has to do something with her courteousness. And I giggle to myself and think. Yup that's her! LOL!

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    4. This award system looks cheesy, but what us life without cheesiness! :-p

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    5. Yeah, I feel very good that you are reading and commenting on my posts. Otherwise I feel we are kind of distanced. The award system and all that was definitely cheesy, but I could see no escape from them. Thats how we evolve as bloggers

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  6. You've put it so well. Khao San Road sounds like THE place to be. Lovely pictures! :)

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    1. It is! You know where to go at Bangkok :)

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  7. Green with envy, I would say 'Give me my daily Masala dosa and Ulundu Vadai anytime!" :-D

    Enjoyed it thoroughly!

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    1. Haha anytime really :) How I longed for cup of our simple Indian chai! We have been spoilt enough not to try out new things :-P

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  8. Lovely pictures,Bindu.
    I have travelled to Bangkok often enough and can imagine the fun you would have had.
    But,at least in the North--Bangkok is a place only for massage.

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    1. Chowla sir,

      Thank you. Oh you now what? You should try the massage at Chiang Mai. It was the best

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  9. I am green, blue, red and yellow with envy. That crunchy food does look tempting:)

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  10. Octopus was crunchy, taste buds have opened after that experince.Nicely potrayed bindu.

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    1. Velu, is that you by chance?

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    2. What a moment in history! Please make a not of this moment. Unbelievable!

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  11. The street food looks great (and inviting too)
    I think its the open air ambiance that makes the difference.
    Now this is one more place for me "to visit"

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    1. Haddock,

      It was truly awesome. The ambiance, the food, the experience everything

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  13. Hi, I am back with a different blog. The way you have written is a real travelogue piece. Felt like I have seen all those beautiful places to...thank you

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    1. Sure thing :) I will visit your blog

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  14. Hi Insgnia,
    Its really good to be here at this lovely place.
    I appreciate you for the effort in which you
    Are putting forward every thing in order
    With lot of beautiful and lovely pics.
    Indeed it’s a lovely place to roam around
    I am here via my blog friend Rachana.
    Keep inform
    Best regards
    Phil

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    1. Thank and welcome to B Log Ariel. Thank you for these kind words, looking forward to your visit more often

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