I just found a moment to send a message. The hotel called Phranakorn Nornlen that I picked out is very pretty - vintage and traditional. There's no TV but there are 3 computers out here in the tropical garden which I did not expect. We both woke up at 6am and found that breakfast isn't until 7:30, so we are waiting. I'm expecting mango juice.
I made my connection in New York with no problem. The 17 hour trip on Royal Thai was as good as I could have hoped for. I was never bored, between sleeping, being fed constantly and the hours of movies and documentaries to watch (I even watched the Thailand episodes of America's Next Top Model! Sweet.) Plus, the terrain below, outside the window, was amazing. For some reason, I thought we'd be flying over North America and the Pacific. The reality was that we went over Greenland, swung down over Scandinavia, Eurasia, Pakistan... Thanks to the map on my screen, I knew exactly what I was looking at. I saw Stockholm at night, the mountains in Afghanistan, the small city of Kandahar and the twisty rivers in western Myanmar.
When Antoaneta and I landed in Bangkok, it was no trouble to get the visas or to get some Thai cash from the bank machines. There was a driver from the hotel waiting to pick us up, so that was perfect. The city is huge - the layout of the streets and roads reminds me a lot of Osaka, except with palm trees, more elaborate writing and more intense urban decay. I like it. It's hot, though. Very hot.
Last night, we walked around a little, not really having any plans. We went to Thewet Pier, near the hotel, then we walked south as far as Khao San Road. We ended up picking a restaurant at random out of a guidebook and hopping in a tuktuk. The tuktuk ride was kind of crazy - bumpy, windy, dirty, noisy, stomach-churning. They are best for shorter distances but I still enjoyed it. We went to a restaurant called Lemongrass on Sukhumvit Road 24 Soi, about a 30 minute ride. We had banana flower salad, pomelo salad, prawns with coconut, roasted crispy duck and green chili pork. Oh, and a Singha to wash it down. It was all delicious. We will try out the street food tomorrow, we just wanted to have one day without getting sick!
Okay, breakfast is served. We are off ot the Chatuchak Market afterwards.
Bye for now!
love from Andrea