Second Impressions — Bangkok

We rode the skytrain to the world’s biggest swap meet this morning.  (Ed. note: People getting on and off the skytrain have it all over those in Shanghai. They not only stand to one side and wait for the people to get off, they line up in SINGLE FILE while waiting!) I call it a swap meet after those I frequented in San Diego while I did my master’s degree, but there is no swapping involved.  The  Chatuchak Market is a gigantic 38 acre outdoor market, selling everything and anything, except used goods.  Got some terrific ironic T-shirts (Ed. note: 8 for $38.50 and they are excellent quality), lots of loose fitting rayon tops and bottoms for the heat and some good souvenirs.  We arrived at the market at 9:30 and got back to our room at 3:00 so I think we saw most of it.  Good people watching and fun to try to find things that we might like for more than a few hours.  We had a blast, ate some mediocre food before we spotted giant prawns and pad thai that looked fantastic, and wandered from area to area to see everything, or close to it.  Lots of fun.

After recovering with a cold beer and a foot up for a bit, we are off to the golf mall to get ourselves outfitted for our holiday. More on that tomorrow, but for now let’s take a photographic wander through the market.

A is for Alligator - or is it F is for Farmed Alligator? Either way, Terry's new wallet came from this delightful woman and husband and their alligator bag shop.

A is for Alligator – or is it F is for Farmed Alligator? Either way, Terry’s new wallet came from this delightful woman and husband and their alligator bag shop. (This is an actual farmed alligator skin. They have all the paper work to show that it is all perfectly legal.)

Okay it is either a) Thailand is 40 years behind the North American Tie Dye craze or b) the Hippie Generation is making a comeback. I'm diggin' it man.....

Okay it is either a) Thailand is 40 years behind the North American Tie Dye craze or b) the Hippie Generation is making a comeback. Hey man, it’s cool…..

Don't these two shopkeepers look oh so comfortable and cute having their noon nap?

Don’t these two shopkeepers look oh so comfortable and cute having their NOON nap?

Okay, a little explanation for the next photo. After we had our mediocre lunch, we wandered around some more and came upon this place. The inset in the top left is the mountain of pad thai which is just below it in the actual photo. There is some kind of spatula (or small gardening shovel) in it – but the chef doesn’t bother with that – he just grabs handfuls and puts them on the plates. The inset on the right is a tray of giant prawns that go on the plates. And the plates are the white trays stacked up and waiting to be filled – they are clean, not dirty.

Lunch

Apparently, there are no health and safety inspectors checking the cleanliness of the dish washing sections of the restaurants in the market. Perhaps we in North America are just a little too paranoid about clean dishes?

Apparently, there are no health and safety inspectors checking the cleanliness of the dish washing sections of the restaurants in the market. Perhaps we in North America are just a little too paranoid about clean dishes? (Different restaurant from the one above)

Who knew Rick Applegath had a twin brother selling bags in Bangkok ....

Who knew Rick Applegath had a twin brother selling bags in a market in Bangkok ….

And Marilyn Webster's twin hangs around with strange people...

And that Marilyn Webster’s twin hangs around with strange people?

And last, but oh my God, far from least…

Who in their right mind would ever get in a taxi with this guy?  And, it was 90 friggin degrees out!!

Who in their right mind would ever get in a taxi with this guy? And, it was 90 friggin degrees out!!

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