A pleasant weekend in Bangkok
This New Year’s weekend was, without a doubt, the most pleasant weekend I’ve ever spent in Bangkok. The weather was beautiful, lots of locals were out of town, and there were few tourists for obvious reasons, so very little traffic and no crowds. My wife, her friend from law school and I went to a carnival set up just outside of Bangkok by Coca Cola. Lots of rides and games, a typical carnival, but not something you see around here every day; my wife had never been to a carnival before this one.
Yesterday, we took a long walk between Rama IV and Sukhumvit Roads – this is a bit of a “foreigner ghetto”, with lots of expats and expensive housing (I don’t live there, though I used to live nearby when I had a corporate job). There’s a nice park there, right next to a hugely popular and hellishly gaudy shopping mall, the Emporium (we’ll have to talk about the owner’s fake boobs sometime). The park was full of joggers, tai chi folks, and kids; a very nice city scene, even making me think of my favourite place in the world, the Delacourt Castle in New York’s Central Park.
Amid all the horrors of the past week, it was great to spend a little quiet time with family and enjoy some of the simpler things that we tend to overlook so often. Best regards to all!