One Night In Bangkok

Well, two actually.  And, Team SE Asia agrees…we wish that we had more time to spend in Bangkok.  Annie had her reservations about this city that, unfortunately, has a reputation for its seedier side.  But, Bangkok proved her wrong. 

 

This city is really working
hard to remake itself as a top cultural and tourist destination; and our
experience was enlightening. 






  
  
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This city is really working hard to remake itself as a top cultural and tourist destination; and our experience was enlightening.

Wat Pho pagodas.JPG
Reclining buddha body.JPG
95% of Thais are
Buddhist.  And, there are 384 temples in
Bangkok alone.  These pictures are from
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95% of Thais are Buddhist.  And, there are 384 temples in Bangkok alone.  These pictures are from Wat Pho – home of the world famous reclining Buddha.

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 Our guide, Tan, taught us a
lot – Buddhism 101 and the history of this incredibly old country. Most of the
temples we saw were built centuries ago. 
It’s hard to believe this when you see how well preserved they are.  We felt like we were on a movie set or at
Epcot. 

   

Our guide, Tan, taught us a lot – Buddhism 101 and the history of this incredibly old country. Most of the temples we saw were built centuries ago.  It’s hard to believe this when you see how well preserved they are.  We felt like we were on a movie set or at Epcot.

 

The Grand Palace is a
complex of government buildings, pagodas and the most important temple in
Thailand – Temple of the Emerald Buddha. 
You have to take your shoes off before entering any Temple, so we spent
a lot of today taking our shoes off.  You
also have to wear long pants and shirts that cover your shoulders.  If you don’t dress appropriately, the guards give
you a robe to wear. (“The Robe of Shame” – ok, we made that part up). 






  
  
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The Grand Palace is a complex of government buildings, pagodas and the most important temple in Thailand – Temple of the Emerald Buddha.  You have to take your shoes off before entering any Temple, so we spent a lot of today taking our shoes off.  You also have to wear long pants and shirts that cover your shoulders.  If you don’t dress appropriately, the guards give you a robe to wear. (“The Robe of Shame” – ok, we made that part up).

We took it all very
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We took it all very seriously and only monkey’d around when Tan said it was ok.

At Wat Pho, there is a very
famous Thai Massage training school. 
This is considered the Harvard of Thai Massage, so if you are trained
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typically a Thai Massage lasts for two hours. 
Annie & Jackie were very excited about getting their Zen on in the
middle of this Buddhist mecca. 






  
  
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At Wat Pho, there is a very famous Thai Massage training school.  This is considered the Harvard of Thai Massage, so if you are trained here – you can literally go anywhere in the world and get a job.  We each had a 30 minute treatment, but typically a Thai Massage lasts for two hours.  Annie & Jackie were very excited about getting their Zen on in the middle of this Buddhist mecca.

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That night, Tan recommended an outdoor restaurant for dinner called Red Sky – located on the 55th Floor of the Centara Grand Hotel.  It was another great way to also get our Zen on – but, this time with the help of some great food and wine and this amazing view from our table.

Michael getting pedicure.JPG
   The next day, we ventured 45
minutes outside of the Central Business District (CBD) to see Annie’s friend,
Amanda, from Washington.  She and her
husband, Quang, and their two kids, Bella and Logan, are living in an ex-pat
community.  They moved here for Quang’s
job 15 months ago and are really making the most of their time abroad.  Amanda arranged for Team SE Asia to have
mani-pedis and a Thai Foot Massage – what a treat!  And, we had a really fun meal at The River Tree
House.  An authentic Thai Saturday.  Amanda, thank you for the VIP treatment! 






  
  
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 We’re off to Chiang Mai (in
the North of Thailand) tomorrow.

 

The next day, we ventured 45 minutes outside of the Central Business District (CBD) to see Annie’s friend, Amanda, from Washington.  She and her husband, Quang, and their two kids, Bella and Logan, are living in an ex-pat community.  They moved here for Quang’s job 15 months ago and are really making the most of their time abroad.  Amanda arranged for Team SE Asia to have mani-pedis and a Thai Foot Massage – what a treat!  And, we had a really fun meal at The River Tree House.  An authentic Thai Saturday.  Amanda, thank you for the VIP treatment!

We’re off to Chiang Mai (in the North of Thailand) tomorrow.