July 2 We flew from Singapore to Bangkok. Our airbnb was on the 13th floor - actually is was on 12A. The Thai’s are superstitious as are many other Asian countries. We frequent the Siam Paragon Mall for restaurants and for the Gourmet Market. I remember this market back in 2012. It has grown 1000% and the overwhelming majority of shoppers are Thai. They have everything I want in a grocery store!
July 5 Our house sit of two cats commenced in the district of Sathorn, a suburb of Bangkok. We met the owners back in April so the transition was a piece of cake.
July 14 After several visits to the BNH Hospital (physical which included an eye exam) we made our way to the Suan Park. It was a lovely park but empty!
July 15 We walked to Lumpini Park early in the morning and discover a park full of people getting their exercise. Along the way we found the Aesop’s restaurant. We did enjoy an evening meal which included hummus, tzatziki and kebobs.
July 17 On our way to the western style grocery store, Tops, we always pass this Chinese temple. We finally remembered to take our camera!
July 21 We rode the Chao Praya Express boat 2 stops beyond the Grand Palace stop to the Thonburi Railway market. We were actually looking for a walkway along the canal but that was a bust. The market was full of junk but we did find a shop selling shredded coconut so all was not lost. On the way home we stopped to eat at Mango Tree on the river. We then walked to the flower market. I found a bunch of long stemmed flowers and an arm full of cut orchids for cheap. The orchids lasted 2 weeks!
July 26 Our dear Thai friends have picked us up to take us to Don Wai Market on the outskirts of western Bangkok. Sak paid to melt some wax that had he astrological sign. He then took the wax and added it to a very large candle form. The candle will eventually go into a temple and this will bring him good luck. We bought a few food items at the market, had lunch and then took a boat ride on the Tha Chin River. Traffic coming back was terrible!!
Aug 3 We took a long boat ride to the end of the northern line. We then hired a taxi to get us to the shuttle boat to Bangkok’s only island in the Chao Praya River called Koh Kret. The islander have set up their market stands all along the river. This is a great place to bring visitors.
Aug 7 We have taken a special boat to Asiatique. Restaurants are open for dinner and of course their are many shops selling souvenirs. Our Italian dinner was very average.
Aug 14 I found a new Thai travel blog. https://www.thaitravelblogs.com/20 18/02/download-15-free-walking-maps-of-bangkok-in-english-japanese-and-thai/
We decided to walk the Chinatown tour. We walked for about 2 hrs then hopped on a Tuk tuk to Saphan Taksin for the boat to the Iconsiam mall. We had lunch at Nara and then took pictures from their patio of the river - see below.
Sept 22 I flew back to the USA to moved Dad to a memory care unit. I am now back with Gary in Bangkok.
Sept 24 We were walking to the Millennium Hilton and came across a night market. This was a very locals market with bugs and quail for dinner. We continued on to the Hilton for cocktails on the roof. Beautiful views of Bangkok but not cheap so we finished off at the IconSiam Mall with dinner.
Sept 25 Our walk to the Princess Mother Memorial Park had a few wrong turns but with the help of the locals we found the park. Discovered a little more of ThonBuri too. I think I could live close to the park as it is the true Thailand. Problem is, the BTS won’t be completed in this area for a couple more years.
Sept 27 The farmers market at Ekkamai Gate was a bust but we did see the tample across the street and then walked the mall. Some young students asked us some questions - probably to practice their English. All was not lost!
Sept 29 We said good-bye to Bangkok until December when we return to house sit the same cats mentioned at the beginning of this blog.