Bangkok, Thailand

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The f-word: flexibility.  Asia has a way of undermining my meticulous plans and forcing me to be a little more elastic.  Bangkok is a great example.

I won’t gross you out with the details, but at some point during my last few days in Cambodia, it became alarmingly clear to me that my trip to Chiang Mai just wasn’t in the cards.  What I needed after a whirlwind 2.5 weeks of touring was a few days of R&R.  Bangkok isn’t exactly the picture of calm, but aside from the requisite trips to Khao San Road and the Grand Palace, it provided the perfect backdrop to just hang out.

Bangkok highlights were the Chatuchak weekend market and Lumphini Stadium.    The Chatuchak market has over 8,000 vendors with alleyways covering 35 acres and one can buy everything from live snakes to jade necklaces, handcrafted clothing to mass-produced souvenirs, antique masks to plastic vegetables.   Between the heat and the thousands of other shoppers, it gives a new meaning to “shop ‘til you drop.”  Lumphini is the premier stadium for Muay Thai boxing – and sitting ringside for the Saturday night match did not disappoint.

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