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Old 12-06-07, 12:27 PM   #1
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some snaps from BKK

some may have noticed that yesterday was the 80th birthday of Thai King Bhumibol, the longest reigning living royal, as well as the only King that was born in the US.

anyway, I happened to be in Bangkok last week for work (just managed to get out of town before the madness of the birthday celebrations kicked in). Here's some pics.



Thai teenagers, dressed like Japanese teenagers, dressed like anime characters.



Typical Bangkok traffic.



Against better judgment, stuck in the back of a Tuk Tuk. It was like smoking, but without the pleasure.



One of the ubiquitous shrines to the King, this one set up especially for his birthday.



Some cards with well wishes for the King.



A light lunch.

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Some clever marketing.



Deep fried grasshoppers anyone?



The Erwan Shrine.



Wat Pho.



The leaning Buddha inside Wat Pho.




Inside the Grand Palace.
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Old 12-06-07, 12:28 PM   #3
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That lunch looks yummy!!
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Wow....love the shrine and Wat Pho....that thing is gorgeous.
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Almost as good as the grasshoppers.
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Almost as good as the grasshoppers.
I'll try anything once.
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normally i would to, but i opted not to try those. they didn't look fresh enough.
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Yeah normally when i think of Thai and whenever I've had thai i've never gotten anything that yummy looking.
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I wonder if that golden stuff is pure gold. IF so I think I'm totally gonna Carmen Sandiego those things.
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Man, that food looks good. And I just ate lunch.
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I wonder if that golden stuff is pure gold. IF so I think I'm totally gonna Carmen Sandiego those things.
I was thinking the same thing... Liberacion!
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Man, that food looks good. And I just ate lunch.
it's pretty tough to have a bad meal there.

even better: it can be dirt cheap. i.e. $1 will get you a green curry w/chicken on noodles, plus coke, with change.
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You should try loudly insulting the King in public. Thais always get a kick out of that.
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Wat Pho? Cause I said so, that's Wat Pho!
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Nice pics botto. Thanks.

I just read up on The Erawan Shrine. Pretty interesting stuff.
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Nice pics botto. Thanks.

I just read up on The Erawan Shrine. Pretty interesting stuff.
That link is missing an even stranger twist.
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That looks pretty cool. How did you like the auto-rickshaw ride?
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That looks pretty cool. How did you like the auto-rickshaw ride?
It was something I wanted to do, so I could say that I did it. Otherwise, I now know why the Thais I worked with had no interest in taking one.

On top of that, Tuk Tuk drivers are renowned for ripping off 'farang'.
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some may have noticed that yesterday was the 80th birthday of Thai King Bhumibol, the longest reigning living royal, as well as the only King that was born in the US.

anyway, I happened to be in Bangkok last week for work (just managed to get out of town before the madness of the birthday celebrations kicked in). Here's some pics.
Man, you're making me nostalgic. My wife and I traveled in Thailand (and Cambodia and Singapore) for a month or so two years ago. I must say that your shots of the traffic make it look as though the air in Bangkok is cleaner than when I was there, though the comment about smoking is spot on. We have (somewhere) some pictures of the amazing massing of motorcycles up front at the red lights, traffic was pretty intense. The coolest Tuk-tuks I saw were up in Ayutthaya. Spent most of our time in Thailand up in and around Chiang Mai, though.

I'd love to go back. Thanks for the great pics!

Oh, and I wore my yellow shirt yesterday for the king's birthday, though no one here in Salt Lake had a clue...
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*Insert 'Sailor Moon' joke here*


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More importantly, botto, perhaps you can clear up these ponderances....

Does one night in Bangkok truly make a hard man humble? Does it make the tough guys tumble?
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Aw, man, I want a Tuk Tuk. Considering how insane taxi drivers are in big cities in the US when armed with a boat of a Crown Victoria, a ride in the back of something that can actually fit between things must be truly horrifying.

Great pictures, though. Looks like quite a place.
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More importantly, botto, perhaps you can clear up these ponderances....

Does one night in Bangkok truly make a hard man humble? Does it make the tough guys tumble?
thanks to your post i went and checked it on youtube, for nostalgias sake.
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Man, you're making me nostalgic. My wife and I traveled in Thailand (and Cambodia and Singapore) for a month or so two years ago. I must say that your shots of the traffic make it look as though the air in Bangkok is cleaner than when I was there, though the comment about smoking is spot on. We have (somewhere) some pictures of the amazing massing of motorcycles up front at the red lights, traffic was pretty intense. The coolest Tuk-tuks I saw were up in Ayutthaya. Spent most of our time in Thailand up in and around Chiang Mai, though.

I'd love to go back. Thanks for the great pics!

Oh, and I wore my yellow shirt yesterday for the king's birthday, though no one here in Salt Lake had a clue...
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