Thursday, 17 July 2008

What Wat? - Part 1

What can I say? I have this growing belief that I could seriously live in Bangkok! (and I'm willing - abillity to be determined at some indeterminate future date - to learn Thai just to fit in)

It is dangerously naïve to equate a holiday experience with the sinister unknown of actually living in another country, and one whose language I can hardly decipher, but it's only 2 hours from here (make that 48 by rail via Malaysia!)! So I can run home anytime, can't I? ;-)

Still on a high from my recent trip there - my third and longest there in more years than I care to admit - I still have that nagging sehnsucht I don't seem to get with other holiday destinations! All this despite the clingy touts, mosquitoes, incomplete sidewalks and lack of good Bloody Marys!

Maybe it was the company I had this time, or the places we managed to visit, but definitely no small part of it was thanks to the fortunate choice of hotels!!! :) My back (and upper arms) are still sore from all the self-congratulatory motions, but it was well worth it!

The weeks leading up to the Bangkok trip were packed with lots of work, tension, excitement and fatigue, so checking into The Park 9 upon arrival was just such a treat...

Tough decision between shopping and lounging around in the hotel pool and jacuzzi!

It was far from central Bangkok and the main touristy attractions, and indeed, not even close to the nearest BTS station, so that just added to our list of excuses to not step out before sundown, heh heh..

Our sloth was further encouraged by the little hotel buggy that would take us to the nearest mall for free:

For someone whose only capacity for a green thumb is a gangrenous one, the lush greenery absolutely helped me forget the concept of "work"... how soothing to watch koi being fed!

Suffice it to say that when we had to check out 4 short days after our arrival in Bangkok, we realised that we'd only seen the interior of 2 shopping malls and a few random streets, not even a single wat!

Everything was to change with the next hotel, though... an abundance of wats and the removal of luxury, that's what!

to be continued...


evolvingtastes said...

Sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing your trip here.

Lyrical Lemongrass said...

Oooh...were we in BKK at the same time??? (See my blog post) Hey, don't forget to share all the dirty details too. :-P

Victor said...

Good choice. The accommodation looks great.

Mallika said...

Looks divine. I can't blame you for sloth.

Shilpa said...

Hey evolvingtastes, thank YOU for coming by and reading my ramblings! :)

LL gal, heh heh, if only we'd been in touch, would have been fun to meet up with you in BKK and fumble together, haha! :)

Thanks Victor, it certainly was! :) thanks infinitely for your help! :)

Hi Mallika, divine it was, I don't think I'll scout for any other hotel the next time!

Camemberu said...

Wow this 'hotel' looks fantastic! Thanks, this just might make BKK quite tolerable.

WokandSpoon said...

Looks like you had a great time over there! More photos please!