Since that memorable 1st time I have returned to Bangkok several times. Like any big metropolis it often takes more then one visit to get your bearings. So on my way home from Vietnam I made myself go back to Bangkok. I never looked back, I fell in love with it.
The first thing I do now when I arrive in Bangkok is to have a Thai massage, many of them; never naked or with oil. The 2nd thing is to immediately hit a street food stall. The third is to hit JJ market. It is like going to Vin Expo in Bordeaux, Round Top In Texas or the world's largest stadium on earth chock full of antiques and "antiques", fascinating people watching, food, jewelry, furniture, art, to name only a handful of categories. It is only on the weekends and it is intense, invigorating and a pickers rush.
I love the broad Thai smile that instills in me that instant trust and remember how I must brush up on my hard nosed bargaining skills before I go each time! It is what makes these trips such incredible adventures, nothing is ever the same. With each visit I enter like a virgin and leave feeling a little more seasoned.
Cow greab pak morThese white dumplings are prepared in front of you on top of a hot plate. Salted radish is fried with garlic and coriander root, sugar and soy sauce and folded into white rice flour sheets. OMG!