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Bangkok is...

 ... loud, busy, electrical wires draping willy-nilly like someone went wild with a can of black crazy string, polluted canals and murky rivers, and houses on piles, porches full of laundry...




...sidewalks overflowing with eateries, grills filled with eggs on skewers, marinated chicken necks, pork intestines, and takeaway...



...tuk-tuks zooming past buses painted with manga characters, taxies in every color of the rainbow, scooters with questionable headlights



(if you look closely at the photo above, you'll see that the headlamp is a household lightbulb--still in its packing--wired to the handlebars.)



...golden towers that look like giant handbells, warriors, dragons, mosaics, demons, and temples...











Bangkok is golden; it is pink.*



Bangkok is full of friendly people. It's vibrant. It's commerce and culture. It's not pushy.

Many travelers told us to get out of the capital as soon as possible, but I quite enjoyed it. and am glad we took the time to stay a few days. 


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* Pink was EVERYWHERE: taxis, tuk-tuks, clothes, buses, flowers, umbrellas, ribbons, even surgical masks that people wear in the streets to protect against pollution and maladies.

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frigg
Feb. 12th, 2010 08:56 am (UTC)
The pink is because of the king, I believe. He made a public appearance wearing pink and everyone went wild with the colour. :)
mnfaure
Feb. 12th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
Ah, THANK YOU! I kept thinking to look it up or ask someone, and keep forgetting to get around to it.
pjthompson
Feb. 12th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
A beautiful, mad place!
mnfaure
Feb. 13th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Yeah, it really was. Lots of contrast. Lots to discover.
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