We save money on long flights by eating PB&J and when they’re leftover from a flight and it’s late and we can’t get other food, we make the kids eat them. And they give us these looks.
While in Bangkok we got to spend time with Pa Aoun, Na On and Yai Jeed (not pictured). It was great because I hadn’t seen Na On in something like 15 years!
This makes up for having to eat PB&J for long stretches.
It was high time we finally took the kids to see the landmark Bangkok sights, like Wat Prakaew. The last time we were in Bangkok we spent only 48 hrs here and most of that was jetlag recovery.
It just looks like something Brieana would draw.
One of the royal palaces across from Wat Prakaew.
I really wish we could read and understand what the stories are that the murals are telling.
Wat Prakaew has some truly beautiful murals retelling Buddhist tales. They are impressively vivid.
Why so many bees in a single lotus flower?!
The adornment of the temple is truly impressive.
Wat Prakaew is protected by statues of giants known as “Yuk.” I had to get this picture because somewhere in my parents home in Tampa there’s a picture of my brother and I when I was nine and Anek was about 6 (close to Jeliya’s current age), standing beneath a yuk at this same location.
This mural looks like a scene from a modern day sci-fi flick.
Josh says 7-Eleven is the glue that binds Thai society together. His statement is based on the observation that 7-11′s are on every corner in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and sometimes there are two across the street from one another. On our last day in Bangkok, Josh and I made it our mission to visit every 7-11 within two blocks of my cousin’s house in Bangkok. We visited no fewer than FIVE, and discovered that actually, each was unique in that each had slightly different merchandise and layout.
Bangkok has a big new shopping market called “Asiatique” beside the Chao Phraya River. Pa Aoun took us there and we rode the ferris wheel up to get a sunset view of the city.
View of the Chao Phraya River from the Asiatique Ferris wheel.
Inside the climate controlled ferris wheel, complete with elevator music.
View from the ferris wheel.
I have no way of confirming this, but I believe that Bangkok may be the center of all shopping in the universe. You can get just about anything imaginable in this city, including innumerable toys like My Little Ponies.