No Bangkok day is complete without a tuk tuk ride
I want to see the chicken
Breakfast served. Pink egg, spicy noodle, forty cent!
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
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
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
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.
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