After six weeks in India (more India posts to come), it was time to decompress with some first-world comforts offered in Bangkok, Thailand. And in terms of comfort, Bangkok is an adult Disneyland. Almost everything is a bit over the top. For instance, not only can you get really good (and safe) street food in the streets but even the malls have imitation street food carts that are actually pretty good. Plus, the malls have ginormous food courts providing all kinds of international cuisines and these food courts are two to three floors deep. And if you want to catch a movie, how about watching one sitting on a nice bed with a blanket and with the most incredible sound and visual systems? Bangkok has everything a person looking for first-world comforts desires. We let ourselves relax without thinking about the next cultural sightseeing tour to go to. The closest thing we did for that is going to see a Muay Thai fight (see below). Some foodie pics below.

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Of course any respectable mall should have a “Mo’s Burger”!

 

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… and a giant Crabzilla.

 

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One of the best Thai foods we had. It’s an outdoor restaurant located on a side street (Ramkamhaeng Soi 29) full of street vendors. Our lunch included tom yum soup (a Thai version of hot and sour soup), spicy pork with herbs, grilled catfish, a green papaya salad with squid and shrimps, and the ubiquitous sticky rice. The salad had about seven different kinds of chili peppers and was incredibly spicy (I think that was the restaurant’s version of “medium” spicy). If you’re able to think clearly after all the spiciness, you can also detect the sweet and sour flavors in the salad. Very yummy! Total price with some beers about $10.

 

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A little bubble milk tea to cool our tongues.

 

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One of the many floating bridges to get people from one side of the river to the other.

 

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Where do you go when you’re in Thailand? Chinatown of course! The Chinatown here has one of the best street foods in Bangkok.

 

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Some snapper cooking on the portable stove, papaya salad, and some grilled cockles.

 

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Not sure how many meals I had in Chinatown that night. Think this soup was my fourth.

 

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A little break from all the eating. How about some Bloodsport!
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We had ringside seats for Muay Thai boxing. In fact, we could ONLY get ringside seats since we were foreigners. The cheaper ones in the back were for locals (where the betting action also was). About $30 a ticket for us and well worth it even with the discriminatory policy. We saw ten matches from featherweights (who looked like they were about 12 years old) to welterweights. We saw one knockout and the rest were close decisions.

 

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Down goes Frazier! I mean, Punyawong!

 

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Jean Claude Van Dam would be very proud.