golden sitting buddha
buddhist fortune vending machines
chinese temple decor
went back to chinatown today (via subway) to see the largest golden buddha in thailand. if you ask me, i wasn't impressed, as far as buddha statues are concerned, i'm more of a quantity over quality kind of guy. i discovered a few more temples to preoccupy my morning, as well a chinatown history museum. i learned that the chinese and thais have a long history of mutual cooperation, and that king taksin who recaptured the thai capital of ayutthaya in the early 1800's was ethnically chinese. i got a thai ice tea at a 7-11, and accidently spilled some on my shirt which made it appear like i had a little "man business" accident.
i came back to downtown bangkok, briefly visiting lumphini park (too hot!), then riding the skytrain to mochit, to the weekend market. this market is so big, i believe it's the biggest market in the world, and made me dizzy just standing there among the thousands of stalls and tens of thousands of shoppers.
rooster (1500 baht for a mating pair)
i bought some bugs (to eat) again before i left, then wandered the various mall bookstores in downtown bangkok until i found a copy of "farang," a bangkok-based english-language traveling magazine about things to do in southeast asia. i went back to the guesthouse to do some reading, snacking on my bugs. grasshoppers i already had, but beetle grubs was something new: after my first bite i didn't want anymore. while grasshoppers are crunchy, beetle grubs are soft and have a unique taste which can only be described as insect-like.
my taxi arrived at 5AM, just 8 more hours away.