Our second day in Bangkok was filled with trains, boats and lots of walking! We visited the Temple of the Reclining Buddha and the Grand Palace. The scale, architecture and details of these places is seriously impressive. It was incredible to see in person, and while we took a TON of photos, I don’t think they actually do the place justice.
We also walked around the streets of the area some more. There are SO many sidewalk vendors and markets in Bangkok, and in the middle of the week too! It’s actually mostly food and fresh produce. You could never go hungry here.
Several times while we were exploring we got stopped by Thai people who spoke fairly good English. After the second time of getting stopped and told that where we were going was closed for some sort of holiday (school, Buddhist, monk…) we got a little suspicious. Google never fails. Turns out these people are in cohorts with the tuk tuk drivers and try to get you to go somewhere entirely different than where you’re headed so they can make a few bucks off the referral. Aside from these schemers, Thai people are incredibly friendly and very helpful.
After our legs were aching and our clothes soaked with sweat, we decided to head back to the hotel to freshen up. A nap was also in order.
As many of you know, if there is a craft beer bar within any sort of accessible radius, Chris will find it and insist on visiting. This particular find, Mikkeller Bar, was a 25 minute walk from the hotel and tucked away in this pretty nice looking neighborhood. I have to admit, walking down off the main streets felt a little sketchy, but I also trust my husband would not put me in danger. We walk in and its got this super cozy outdoor area with bean bags and tables, and is very inviting and bright looking inside. We order a couple of beers and sit around chatting. They also had a newly opened tasting room in the back, so naturally, Chris gets to chatting up the cool guy working. He only bought ONE beer to bring back home. I couldn’t believe it! I wanted to know, immediately, who this man I was with was. Certainly not Chris Anderson!
We go back inside to get another beer and as Chris is ordering I walk upstairs to check it out. On the way back down my slick shoes did not like the slick stairs and I busted my butt. I bounced back up quickly after having the wind knocked out of me. A few minutes later my wrist is THROBBING and I am SOBBING. Needless to say, the rest of the night was shot. 😦 (I’ve been icing it and putting the equivalent of icy hot on it — I’m certain it’s just a bad bruise and sprain.)
The next morning we were off to Krabi and anxiously anticipating the peaceful resort that awaited us. We were picked up from the airport by a very nice man in a fancy Hyundai van with reclining seats! It was a 45 minute drive to Tubkaak Krabi Resort. This is one of the most relaxing places I’ve ever stepped foot. As I sit on our villa patio typing this, there is a small yoga class going on in the lawn, birds chirping in the beautiful shade of the trees and the water quietly rolling up the beach a few feet away.
We spent our first day here laying around on the beach, soaking in the water, eating meals at the Thai and Italian restaurants on site and watching movies in our precious room. It was amazing to just BE.
This morning we participated in something called tak bat, a food offering to the Buddhist monks. A monk came to our resort and stood with an alms bowl as we offered food and made wishes of good blessing. Afterward, we sat in a circle and were blessed by the monk. We made a chain around and the leader poured water into a bowl symbolizing all of the negativity and bad energy running through one another and into the bowl of water. We are not Buddhist, but taking part in this local tradition was very cool.
Now, off to the spa for our herbal bath and Thai massage!