Second day in Bangers
The second day in Bangkok was different but just as interesting. Again, we were up before the birds started singing to go on another tour. We drove an hour out of the city to experience the vibrant, colorful and hectic floating market. Imagine a market not only on both sides of a canal but also floating on top of it.
Hundreds and hundreds of paddle boats with both buyers and sellers. Food, souvenirs, clothing.. you name it, you'll find it. This place was electrifying!! We loved the energy and colorful beauty of it all so much, we couldn't stop snapping photos.
We didn't do a whole lot of shopping but bought different types of typical Thai foods: Dragon fruit, lychee, coconut ice cream, bananas in coconutty batter deep fried in coconut oil.. Mm.mm.mmmm! DELISH. And all that yumminess was deep fried right on the little boat between 2 women. I’m sure it sounds just as safe as it looked…
The afternoon was spent at the Rose Garden. A charming park built to display Thailand‘s rich heritage and culture. We had a tasty lunch buffet waiting for us in a restaurant over looking the water with a lovely view.
The entertainment was… umm..….. Let’s call it “cute“. The show included demonstrations of Thai dancing, sword fighting, Thai boxing, a traditional wedding ceremony and more. The reason we thought it was only “cute” is because it felt a little too much like a tourist trap. Everything felt caricaturized and even the boxing and sword fights were staged to entertain the crowd. I’m sure a lot of people enjoyed the show but this wasn’t our thing. We prefer the authentic experiences instead of the “make believe” for tourist crowds.
For Valentine’s day dinner, we chose to go to Cabbage and Condoms. Appropriate for celebrating the official lovers’ day, wouldn’t you say? I know, cabbage and condoms sounds really weird and well.. a bit disturbing for a restaurant name. But there is an explanation behind the name. The restaurant was opened by the founder of Population & Community Development Association and helps fund population control, AIDS awareness and is also a host of rural development programs. The food was delectable and the décor was delightful with all the fairy lights on the patio but also hysterically funny with condom X-mas trees, mannequins dressed with clothes made entirely of colorful condoms and the exit sign that says: sorry, we have no mints, please take a condoms instead.
By about 8:30, the delayed exhaustion of the past two long days of doing the tourist gig and only sleeping 4-5 hours/night because of the whole jet lag thing finally caught up to us with a vengeance. We made our way back to the hotel, packed our suitcase for the next morning and off to La La land we went