Around the World, Thailand

[Bangkok’s Flower Market – Bangkok, Day 4]

January 1, 2016

What to do on a last day adventure in Bangkok? By this day we were pretty tired. Think all the heat, walking around and such was enough for us. We decided on my friend Tyler’s suggestion to go to the Flower Market and boy were we not disappointed. [Initially I’d wanted to find a way to make it to one of the floating markets but the hour and a half drive and recent amount of traveling made us a bit lazy].

In the morning we stopped by a random cafe we found and had some breakfast. Iwane 1975 which just happened to be the only place open at the time turned out to be really wonderful.

That was Ben's reaction face to my face looking at a cat I wanted climbing a tree.

That was Ben’s reaction face to my face looking at a cat I wanted climbing a tree.

All coffee should come with a complimentary cookie

All coffee should come with a complimentary cookie

Or all these pastries, the end.

Or all these pastries, the end.

Afterwards we made our way to the Flower Market, Pak Klong Talad. This seems like it would be a big tourist attraction but surprisingly wasn’t. We really enjoyed this and can’t really even put our finger on why. This felt like a market people actually went to and you can also buy and try tons of great fruits. We ended up buying a ton of thai chilies and garlics. One of which I’m failing at an attempt to grow in a pot at home at the moment.

This was just the start

This was just the start

You're out of luck if you don't like yellow

You’re out of luck if you don’t like yellow

Or unbelievably cheap fresh flowers in bags

Or unbelievably cheap fresh flowers in bags

One more look at the packaging

One more look at the packaging

There are also lots of vegetables and fruit nearby

There are also lots of vegetables and fruit nearby

Here are the chilis I bought

Here are the chilis I bought

Here are all the things that would have spoiled on the way back to San Francisco

Here are all the things that would have spoiled on the way back to San Francisco

Back out on the street. Yes, I did buy garlic at this shallot stand and yes those flowers are real.

Back out on the street. Yes, I did buy garlic at this shallot stand and yes those flowers are real.

The day continues

The day continues

I also wanted these banana leaves but couldn't justify that either

I also wanted these banana leaves but couldn’t justify that either

I think these flower pictures are getting to be overwhelming

I think these flower pictures are getting to be overwhelming

So I'll end with these...

So I’ll end with these…

We went back to Chatuchak after this where I took no pictures after all. I was busy shopping. Later that night we did the touristy thing and went to Banyan Tree. Yes, it is a touristy and overpriced thing to do but I guarantee the views really are vertigo inducing. The Moon Bar/Vertigo restaurant whichever you want to call it is on an open air roof atop Banyan Tree hotel. I can’t put into words how terrifying it was. Ben had a great time. The food was fabulous and they make all these extra little special things to make the experience feel more memorable. A man came around with a camera and took everyone’s pictures while they were eating, at the end of the meal they handed us a picture of the two of us at the table in a little envelope. (it’s on our fridge!) Try not to look down, I snapped a few iPhone pictures and pretended the breeze wasn’t because we were 61 floors up.

Banyan Tree

Our seat in the house

A very quickly brightened iPhone pic

A very quickly brightened iPhone pic

And this awkward one of me goodnight!

And this awkward one of me goodnight!

 

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