Flying Solo in SE Asia

Thailand-Travelogue  |  Travel time: January - May 2010  |  by Kelly House

Bankok, Thailand: Moving On

My third day in Bangkok included a trip to one of the city's crazy huge shopping malls to purchase a card reader for my camera, followed by a laid back afternoon planning my next step and a trip to Lumpini Park at dusk, when thousands of Bangkokians flock there to exercise. It was pretty amazing. This entire huge park filled with people running, biking, skating, playing sports and, most impressively, several clusters of group aerobics classes where everyone from young to old participates. The US should really take a cue from this. I bet it would do a lot to reduce our obesity rate. After the park began to clear out, I checked out the nearby night bazaar, which essentially was a more upscale, indoor version of the weekend market. Interesting, but I was too tired to linger there for long.

Yesterday was my last day in Bangkok before heading for Hanoi and then the mountains of Sa Pa. I spent it at Wat Pho, the home of the famous reclining Buddha--really beautiful and amazing how intricate the designs were, even on pillars eight stories high. Although the city's been cool, I was ready to move on. The juxtaposition of rich and poor, opulence and dinginess here is intriguing, but it can wear on you quickly. And although the streets there are cleaner than those in many US cities, the constant vehicle exhaust can make you develop a smoker's cough quickly. Bangkok is a place I'm glad I've seen, but definitely not one of those cities that speaks to my soul. On to Hanoi, where I've heard the poverty can be even more pronounced, but the culture more enticing. We'll see...

A group of monks on a pilgrimmage at Wat Pho.

A group of monks on a pilgrimmage at Wat Pho.

Bangkok residents sweat it out during group aerobics in Lumpini Park.

Bangkok residents sweat it out during group aerobics in Lumpini Park.

Bangkok skyline at nightfall from Lumpini Park.

Bangkok skyline at nightfall from Lumpini Park.

Loads of dried fish at the portside market on the Chao Phraya River.

Loads of dried fish at the portside market on the Chao Phraya River.

On the grounds of Wat Pho.

On the grounds of Wat Pho.

Wat Pho's famous reclining Buddha: 46 meters long and 15 meters high.

Wat Pho's famous reclining Buddha: 46 meters long and 15 meters high.

© Kelly House, 2010
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The trip
 
Description:
A post-graduate's experience traveling without companions through mainland Southeast Asia.
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Start of journey: Jan 27, 2010
Duration: 4 months
End of journey: May 2010
Travelled countries: Thailand
Vietnam
The Author
 
Kelly House is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 10 years.
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