I had a request to post about Thailand so I thought I'd start with Bangkok. Bangkok was the first Asian city I'd been to, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It certainly met all of my pre-conceived expectations--it was busy, humid beyond belief, dirty, and overwhelming, but it was also a handful of things I hadn't stopped to consider. It was beautiful in it's own way, from the Buddhist temples to the views of the river from several stories above the ground, the people were among the kindest I've encountered in my travels, and the food was delicious (rivaling the food in my favorite country, France). To sum it up in a word, it was enchanting. To see monks standing together on docks, spot the beautiful trees that grow next to the murky river water, and whiz through the city on a rickshaw, narrowly avoiding the oncoming cars and laughing as your hair whips in the breeze all contribute to an unforgettable experience.
Whatever you do, don't leave Thailand without trying a "bun". It looks like an egg but it's actually a sweet custard concoction--I literally ate them daily.
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