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Hello, Bangkok

Bangkok: 12 million people with someplace to be. It’s a city on the move and every last square foot is spoken for by someone making their living. Intimidating at first but once I started making my way around- not bad at all. People are very polite and whatever you need is easily come by.

This being my first trip to Asia, and being solo, I decided to pre-book a two-day “city break” tour with Intrepid. It’s a great way to start your you trip in a new capital city in a relaxed state of mind since Intrepid took care of everything. They pick you up at the airport, arrange for your hotel, meet you at your hotel the next morning, the guide is a local, the groups are small – less than 6 usually, and I like that it is a mix of the tourist “must-see” things and more local experiences.

The first half of today we took hired tuk-tuks. Later is a walking tour and tomorrow morning, a bicycle tour.

The reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. I believe it’s about 112 feet long and 45 feet tall.
I love the feet…
Finally had some delicious Thai food today, including this outstanding tom yum goong (coconut, lemongrass, ginger, shrimp, mushrooms, red chili, fish sauce, kaffir lime leaf).
We also checked out the huge Bangkok flower market – open 24 hours a day.
Large bouquets for 30 baht (about a dollar).