Monday, January 5, 2009

The Great Thailand Escape, Part I

Steaming 60¢ pad thai noodles and mouthwatering curries for under $2. Noisy, intruding sputters of the three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxis. Cosmopolitans intermingling with backpackers to a background of cat-calls from tailor shops. $5 one-hour, full-body massages, ancient temples, and techno clubs, all woven together with devout, shrine-worshipping Buddhism. Surely there is no other workout for the senses as the one given by Bangkok, where we began our 12-day vacation in the colorful country of Thailand.

The markets...ohhhhh, the markets!!! There's no greater pleasure than eating your way through a Thai market and stuffing yourself with old favorites and strange, new indulgences, all for the price of a subway trip downtown back in Sapporo!

For Christmas, we headed to Pechaburi, a Thai town seen by most visitors through the blurred windows of a south-bound bus down to the beaches and resorts. Getting off of the "banana-pancake trail" (as we lovingly called the tourist route) for a bit gave us a chance to experience an old Thai Royal Palace, as well as some incredible Buddha caves guarded by a throng of wild monkeys.

And of course, we ate...and ate, and ate.

Part II and back to the Banana Pancake Trail, to be continued...


Katharine said...

Your description makes me want to forget about a Japanese vacation and go straight to Thailand.

ThiessenTwosome said...

As much as I want you to come for a visit as well, I couldn't agree more that you should go to Thailand...perhaps we could meet up...ha!! I loved it and I know that you would definitely be in heaven!

Naomi said...

I was *right there* over a year ago, right by the golden lion lady with boobs...We stood in the same place!!