Los Angeles – Southeast Asia

Stop #4 out of 35: Bangkok, Thailand

Photos taken April 2016.

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Midday commute at Siam Paragon.

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Rose apple fruit, usually in season May to June. It’s crisp and the flavor is subtle, not too sweet.

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Public boat ride to the Grand Palace.

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Hopping on a “free” government tuk tuk ride to a giant golden Buddha was the first time we got scammed. Immediately following this, we were taken to a travel agency insisting that we book a tour. Still, we were able to appreciate this statue.

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Met a local Thai during his lunch break and he directed us to the best mango sticky rice I’ve ever had. The vendor is pictured in the next photo.

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Supplier of the greatest mango sticky rice in all of Bangkok.

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The public bus in Bangkok cost about 7 Baht ($0.20 USD). Some tuk tuk drivers will charge 200 Baht (roughly $6 USD) for the same distance. This was a really pleasant alternative to private transport. The locals are very kind and gave me a heads up when we arrived at my stop.

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This photo of an empty driver’s seat (right-sided!) was taken moments after another vehicle had rear-ended us. The taxi driver went to check it out, but since there was no harm done, we just moved right along.

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Tuk tuks patiently waiting for new arrivals.

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Rajadamnern Stadium on a Thursday evening. The attendees are approximately 90% men, all betting on the outcome of each fight.

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Last piece of toast before departing Bangkok. Stayed at a hostel away from Khao San Road for a quieter residential neighborhood. Every afternoon, students from the school next door visit this hostel and ice cream shop hybrid for a quick treat.

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Peace out, Bangkok. Off to the next stop.

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