Day in the Life of Rockin’ Bangkok

No Bangkok day is complete without a tuk tuk ride

I want to see the chicken

Sunrise

Breakfast served. Pink egg, spicy noodle, forty cent!

Morning

Salute the city’s–the whole country’s–favorite couple. This won’t be hard. The King and Queen grace billboards and restaurant walls everywhere. Their overwhelming presence is Big-Brother-esque-they’re always watching! Many Thai’s, however, find the pictures comforting and believe them to be lucky, as well. 

King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit watch from their thrones atop a local hotel

 

Midday

Bleach yourself!  Whitening lotion is Asia’s self-tanner counterpart. Bleach colors everything from body wash to deodorant. Request a translation of product titles before purchasing. Shopkeepers seem to understand the English phrase, “No whiten?” At least I hope so, because if they don’t, I am going to become whiter than Michael Jackson in his final years.

A smattering of Bangkok's whitening tools

Afternoon

Visit the amulet market to buy dashboard charms, Buddha figurines, and fertility dolls: three staples to ensure a lucky life.

Anne and her newfound Buddha posse

Evening

Don't tell me this rice ain't cute

Enjoy creative dinner presentation. Rice frequently arrives in cheery shapes such as stars and bears. I’m not sure if this is to bestow more good luck, or to inspire kids to eat their food. Either way, eating adorable food is more fun.

Menu fail

Night

Toast rice wine on a skyscraper. A bird’s eye view better captures the breadth of a city of 12 million people, over 7700 square kilometers, and a very auspicious number of Buddha dolls.

Bangkok, seen from Sirocco bar at the top of State Tower

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About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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