•hair-thin noodles and tiny fried vegetables for breakfast. delicious with a single fried egg on top. there's a genius here for delicate seasoning of veggies. (of course, they sometimes finish it off with scorching chili pepper sauce) I hope vietnamese food is like this.
•This is the jogging path in the royal park next to the convention center. At ten a.m., it's got no customers. The woman on the right is wrapped and hatted to keep her skin from tanning. All the models in the cosmetics ads (and there are lots of cosmetic ads here) are white white.
•So far, i've resisted the temptation to go for the $219 dollar tailors' special which includes 2 custom made suits, 2 pair of pants, 2 shirts and 2 neckties. but i have a few more days here before we go to Saigon. . .
•Car traffic is so dense and intense that the city has built walkways over streets which have then become de facto highways. Cross at your own risk.
•Everybody has something to sell you. the signs on the elevated train say 'no hawking' and they ain't talking about falcons. even the people who work in the hotel want to be your guide after hours, although their offer is 'top secret'.
•The golfers' massage with hot oil is 600 thai bhat, about $25 and the firming massage (lower abdomen) is a mere 1000tb and you can have the thai traditional for 300. the traditional is a big thing here, there's even a traditional massage school on the royal temple grounds right next to the emerald buddha.
I get the traditional Thai treatment. You dress in ultra light cotton pajamas and a tiny person stretches you, flexes you and buries her knuckles in your flesh. It's a little like getting beaten up by someone with a plan. After a half hour or so, I drifted off into some dream of swimming alongside my own reflection. At the end of the massage, the masseuse had to wake me up and it was quite a while before I made my way out of the room.
•People warned me about eating promiscuously: watch out for the street food they said. So watch out for it I did. I don't think you could ever get much fresher than this:
|6" (15cm) prawns at a street restaurant|