Sunday, January 29, 2012

Fun Days in Bangkok

Tim: Arrived back in Bangkok to meet up with our friend Cindy Chao who is from Singapore. She is visiting BKK for a friends wedding. She has been very busy the last couple of days, so Amber and I have not had a chance to meet up with her yet. The plan is to meet her for lunch tomorrow. We have been roaming around Bangkok for the last couple days.
Went on an adventure to search out the ferry boat to the mega mall area of Bangkok. Took us about 30 minutes to find the right pier, but we eventually succeeded. The ferry is hardly a ferry more of a glorified floating log with an abnoxious smog spitting motor. There is no ramp on gang way onto the boat. You have to jump onto the side and duck under the tarp roof. The sides of the boat have a tarp runner along the sides which is pulled down when pulling into the pier, but when traveling at higher speeds along the river it is a passengers job to pull up the tarp to keep the sewer what from the canal from swamping your lap.
While trying to find the ferry Amber and I spotted a giant Monitor lizard swimming in the canal. I was over 3 and a half feet long with its tall. It was fun to watch.
We also experience the biggest down pour of rain since we have been here. It rained for about 2 hours. Luckily Amber and I were inside during the rain storm, but went outside right afterwards to find some of the streets flooded.
The mega malls were an experience. Huge! Makes the 5th Avenue mall in Anchorage look like a blade of grass in a football field. Found an awesome upscale food court and tried so amazing Thai pastries and other food. I bought Amber a dress for 200 baht ($6.25).
While we were at the mall we went to our first theater movie while in Asia. We watched the new Underworld movie in 4DX. We didn't know exactly what we were getting into when we went in. The 4DX experience included seats that vibrated and shook in time with the action of the movie. There were also sprays of water that squirted you in the face in time with the vampire and werewolf blood sprays. This was combined with the 3D and IMAX screen. Definitely a sensory overload!
My battery is getting low, so I will post now. More to follow.

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