Postcard Series #19: Back in BKK!

Among our Asian neighbours, I feel the closest affinity to the Thai’s, with their similarly warm disposition and ready smiles. Except that they’re taller. And they have royalty. And they were never colonised. But if you think about it, even their alphabet is very similar to our ancient alphabets, the alibata.

Alibata on the left and the Thai alphabet on the right
Alibata on the left and the Thai alphabet on the right

Drew and I got a brilliant tip to take the public boat down Chao Praya River to get to the Grand Palace. For the life of me, I don’t know why I’ve never tried that on my previous trips. We stepped out with the sun blazing down on our heads and the palaces glittered ever more brightly. It doesn’t get old, looking at these buildings. They stand as exhibits of the perfect melding of the Chinese and Indian cultures.

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Love BKK for making fully hetero men wear funny colored pants // Tree sombrero, anyone?
Love BKK for making fully hetero men wear funny colored pants // Tree sombrero, anyone?

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The highlight of our quick trip was definitely catching the muay thai fights at Lumpini Stadium. They really start the fighters young. Some seemed to be just 11 year olds. Those were hard for me to watch and I was relieved every time their matches were over. Each game would begin with a ritual prayer and dance that was so nice to watch. The fighters danced pretty elegantly even if they seemed a bit reluctant. And then the carnage would begin. We sat on the second row so we could literally hear every punch and blow, watch the sweat fly from opponents faces when a good punch lands. Three knock outs in one night! Intense. I felt so drained after watching the fights, I had to order room service when we got back to the hotel.

A prayer and a dance before carnage begins
A prayer and a dance before carnage begins
Blue side would always win decisively with a knock out!
Blue side would always win decisively with a knock out!

Speaking of low EQ, we were planning on having dinner at a highly recommended place called EAT ME, when we were stopped in our tracks by this:

Magnum Cafe had two sides:  a create your own magnum take out area and a dine in cafe
Magnum Cafe had two sides: a create your own magnum take out area and a dine in cafe
Yum
Yum

The calories we gained at this cafe was enough to energise us for the rest of our stay in BKK so we made it our dinner and breakfast! Sweet note to end the short trip!

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