Bangkok - Siam Paragon and Thai Foot Massage
On Friday, we would join our guide and the other members of our Overseas Adventure Travel tour of Thailand. Today was our last day "on our own" in Bangkok, and we knew we would see more of the sights of Bangkok with the group, so we concentrated on places that were not included on the tour.
Before we set out for the day, we met our cute tour guide, Yo, in the lobby of our hotel. (Yo is her nickname. She adopted it when one of her former tour members used it to address her when he couldn't remember her name - as in Rocky Balboa's "Yo, Adrian!" The name stuck so well that when I asked her what her own friends call her, she said, "Yo!") We also met two of our fellow tour mates, Judy and Kevin from Colorado. They had just finished an OAT tour to India and Bhutan and were continuing their travels with this visit to Thailand.
One of the things that struck me when we arrived in Bangkok is that it is a huge and modern city - a skyline crowded with skyscrapers, including some very "avant garde" architecture like this building that we saw under construction from our hotel room.
|Weird new construction in Bangkok - Yes, those are men hanging on the walls!|
|The entrance to Siam Paragon|
|Even the department stores have "Spirit Houses" in front of them. I loved these shrines |
that are found outside every home and in front of many businesses in Thailand
The ground floor of Siam Paragon was a huge food court of fine restaurants, fast food places (including, sadly, many we know at home like Burger King, McDonald's, and Krispy Kreme doughnuts!), as well as Thai fast food counters making fresh spring rolls, soups, and other goodies.
|Krispy Kreme in Bangkok? Food court in Siam Paragon|
|Gourmet Market in Siam Paragon|
|Fresh fish in the Gourmet Market|
|Asian goodies in Siam Paragon|
|Bakery in Siam Paragon|
|Tom Yum Goong Soup being mixed up fresh.|
|Yum is a great name for this tasty soup!|
The upper floors of Siam Paragon were filled with high-end clothing, a car dealership, and gift shops, like this one filled with a huge variety of teas from around the world. There was also a special exhibit of dinosaur bones that had been discovered in Asia.
|The very modern Siam Paragon department store|
|Beautifully packaged teas from around the world.|
|Dinosaur exhibit upstairs in Siam Paragon|
|Oasis Massage Spa|
|Rob is ready for his foot massage!|
|Rob and I join Yo and fellow travelers for dinner.|