|Four-inch-high monks for sale on the street.|
We went to a creepy museum called the Siriraj Medical Museum inside of the Siriraj Hospital complex. Photography wasn't allowed, but let me just briefly describe some of the things you encounter in the museum: deformed baby fetuses floating in formaldehyde, human elephantitis testicle (about the size of a large window A/C), mummified corpse of Si Quey, the cannibal serial killer who killed and ate around 30 Thai children in the 1950s, upbeat country music, a fake sushi restaurant (part of the parasite section), photographs of mutilated bodies, human skulls with bullet holes ... and more!
Local elementary school children are brought on class field trips to this museum. It was hard for us to learn because all of the descriptions were in Thai.
|A very weird display in the lobby of the hospital.|
|Keeping Thais in the clear.|
We also met up with Daniel's dad's friend and her friend one night. The four of us went to a nice restaurant and had a blast.
|Climbing to the top of some temple for a view of historic Chinatown.|
|An old billboard for a restaurant that serves shark fin soup.|
We hit up the Golden Temple and it was actually pretty cool, even after seeing multitudes of temples.
And we went to the Jim Thompson House Museum, which I would definitely recommend.
|Palm trees in Jim's jungle of a yard.|
|Papaya salad, fried chicken with crispy garlic on top, and sticky rice.|
And we decided to get out of the city for a night, so we went to Koh Samed, an island about four hours outside of Bangkok (driving).
|Boat to the island.|
No reservation? No problem. We stayed at Ao Nuan Bungalows, a place with a private beach. Really cheap and really chill, I loved it.
|Our bungalow. Electricity doesn't go on until after the sun sets.|
That night there was a wicked thunderstorm that lasted for hours. Maybe the thunder seemed louder because it echoed in the bay? The blinding light flashes followed by booming sounds were making my heart race. Eventually the sun started to rise, the rain let up, and I went outside to take some photos of the eerie sky. I tied plastic bags on my feet so they didn't get too sandy or wet--it worked like a charm.
Monica and I are now in the Philippines and I miss Thai food and accommodation. The people are great here, but the food isn't, and the lodging is more expensive (for what you get) than the rest of SE Asia. We spent a week in the mountains and we're about to catch a flight to Bohol for some more beach chilling.