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Bangkok 2

July 12, 2012

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This isn’t goodbye, Bangkok, you know that. You and me, we may split up from time to time, but we both know we’ll meet again one day. With us, there’s no such thing as over.

This is my fifth time trough Bangkok on this trip, but there’s a reasonable chance that it may be my last. Bangkok has been my home base for the last 6 weeks or so. A portion of my stuff has lived here at the Rambutri House this whole time. The staff here finally remembers me when I return now, and even give me a discount on a room.

I’ve used Khao San Road for many of the services offered here. I’ve bought new clothes, done cheap laundry, gotten cheap massages, slept, used the ubiquitous and peppy wifi, changed money, arranged a visa, and of course gotten drunk. I’ve come and left Khao San and Bangkok via taxi, boat, van, train, plane, bus, and taxi.

I went touristy today, and explored yet another part of Bankok that I’d never seen before. Today’s destination was the Thonburi side of the river, and then later went to my buddy Scott’s neighborhood and cruised around on the backstreets on his bike. Most of this is best shown through pictures, so I’ll get on with that portion now.

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Cruising on the Chao Phraya River on the express boat on my way from Khao San to Thonburi.

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Wat Pho (I think) from the boat. I was there on my first Bangkok trip 5 years ago, along with Wat Phra Kaew, so I haven’t bothered to return to either on this trip.

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When I got off the boat, I randomly stumbled upon this college graduation party.

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Wat Arun. My favorite in town. I didn’t go in this time, because they charged a 50 baht entrance fee. Bummer, last time I was there it was free.

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The oldest mosque in Bangkok.

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A Thonburi alley.

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One of the many Thonburi canals.

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Wat Kalayanamit, a large temple on the Thonburi side of the river.

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Hard to tell scale-wise in this picture, but this Buddha in Wat Kalaynamit was huge. This was also the first place on my walk that I ran into any other farang, in this case it was a group of Germans.

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I guess not everything in Thonburi is pretty, but that’s Bangkok.

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The key to good Thai food.

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Santa Cruz Church. I ran into some tourists doing a bike tour here.

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The Wong Wian Yai traffic circle, which was named such since it’s Thai for “traffic circle.”

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I saw this Lambo on a random alley near Scott’s house in northern Bangkok. It was across the street from a vacant lot.

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The zebra army at Kasetsart University.

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My on-again-off-again Bangkok home at Rambutri House.

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One last look at Soi Rambutri on my way out to the train station. I headed to Ayutthaya, which is up next.

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