Two weeks past, I disembarked a plane and was greeted by the gentle even whispered greeting “Sawadika.” Walking through the concourse of the Bangkok airport, the Kingdom of Thailand welcomed me back. I’ve been away for some time. It was nice to return for a visit to the City of Angels or Krungthep [กรุงเทพมหานคร] as it is called in the Thai language.
Romping around the streets of Bangkok, I was struck anew with the exotic mixture of East and West.
The coolest door I found in Bangkok served as the entrance to a famous Indian restaurant called Indus Contemporary Indian Dining.
After asking the owner of the restaurant if I could take a photo of his door, I continued walking down the street. The best way to see Bangkok is to get out of the taxi, as the traffic is terrible, and walk. Seeing this intricate gate that led to a government building, I took the photo fast thinking I would get scolded by the guard. Instead, I received a big smile and a pleasant “Sawadika.” I also needed to be quick to avoid the beeping taxis and honking Tuk Tuks (a three-wheel taxi) that drove by in a steady stream.
I’ll end this post with one of the main attractions for Bangkok, which is the street food vendors.
With hands pressed together as if in prayer, fingertips touched to my forehead and a slight bow at my waist, I say to you in the breathy Thai language, “Kapkunka” for stopping by and reading this post!