LET’S GET READY TO RUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMBLE!!!
- Camera – Check
- Cash – Check
- Cell phone – check
- Map of Bangkok – Check
- Map of Sky train Stops – Check
- Happy disposition – Check
- Brain on shoulders – Debatable!
Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and the largest city in the country. But it is typically only called Bangkok in English. In Thai, it is often called Krung Thep Maka Nakhon, or just Krung Thep. Its full name is “Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.” (try saying that in one breath)
What it means is “The city of angels, the great city, the residence of the Emerald Buddha, the impregnable city (unlike Ayutthaya) of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarn.”
In short – Bangkok!
The Longest word in the Guiness Book of Records! FACT!
It’s now 7:47pm and I am ready to DIVE DIVE DIVE! I make my way to the Concierge Desk at the Oriental Residence and seated behind the desk is my go-to-person and his name…. “Cum” – yup thats right – a little badge on his jacket – CUM! perrrrrrrrfect! “Hi Cum, my name is Jasmine but you can call me Antonia, I have until midnight to venture into this vibrant city, I have never been here before so i want to go somewhere with great food, things to see, maybe some shopping, I have been told to check out ASIATIQUE” :Khun Jasmine Antonia, if you have never been here before I suggest you take taxi, much safer” “in THIS traffic? No way Cum, I want to be ONE with Locals” “Then you must take Sky tlain change tlain at Siam and then take boat from Taphan Taksin to Asiatique” “PERFECT – How do I get to the Train station?” after 10 minutes of take this train, change here, go downstairs, pass go, collect 200, get out of jail for free card – I was on my wayhay!!
The sky train is AWESOME! I was so impressed how everyone stands in a perfect single line at the entrance of each carriage door, so organized – BUT as soon as the doors open its complete CHAOS, everyone cramming onto the train, its a good job I am 5ft10, I felt like a giant and had no problem getting on and off…
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT – instead of writing about my experience, I wanted you to see it and hear it!
Watch in sequence and TURN THE VOLUME UP!!
Out-Takes – in case you wanted more
It took me about 45 minutes to get back to my safe haven.. I haven’t laughed that much with myself since… since…I can’t remember when!! I had so much Fun with ME, MYSELF and ANTONIA! – great night, great fun…
Tomorrow I am off the Island of Koh Kood… G’night my loves…