We never thought Bangkok would be a rest and relaxation destination.
After flying in from Yangon, we're looking forward to a restful first night. On day one, we're doing a guided bike tour of the city to get our sense of direction, followed by a boat tour at night. On day two we're going to explore on our own until our late night flight to Singapore.
Bangkok is blessed with a huge selection of accommodations - from hostels to 5 star hotels. We waited and watched and waited and watched until we finally saw a huge sale on Orbitz that we could combine with a coupon code. Then we pounced! For the same price as a private hostel room we got a 4 star hotel. Since we weren't fussy about location, our patience paid off with a property we normally could never afford.
Since we have a couple of activities booked for day one, we're leaving day two open to do our own thing and take it one step at a time.
We're hoping being in one location for two nights will help us get a handle on our laundry, will be suffering after a string of one-night stays.
We paid about an extra $10 a day to include breakfast with our hotel stay. The combination of convenience and low price made it too tempting to pass up.
Splurges and Souvenirs:
None planned, although I suspect we may cave to room service on our first night after a late arrival from Yangon.
Sooo.... How Did It Go?
By all accounts travelers were in no danger, other than the danger of inconvenience. We simply hoped for the best and reminded ourselves that this widespread protest action would be unthinkable in Myanmar. Chatting with our taxi driver on route to the hotel, we learned that traffic had been a nightmare, even by Bangkok standards, but otherwise it was business as usual. Our kind driver made for a great tour guide, pointing out several sites to as we zipped across town - no traffic problems to report at all!
After some serious sleep, we woke up to what we though was the sound of cheering from a high school sports stadium we could see out our window. After watching a soccer tournament for a while, it soon became apparent that this was no cheering but instead the steady chants from protesters. While we couldn't see them, they were clearly coming from the other side of our building. It didn't sound menacing so much as it did deafening!
Day two was much like day one. We woke up to protest and again spent the day alternating between work and relaxation - at least our laundry was done! Overall, we actually had two wonderful days. We felt relaxed and refreshed. A break - voluntary or otherwise - couldn't have come at a better time than halfway through our trip. We had been on the go for several weeks and it was nice to be lazy for a while.
We need a Bangkok do-over; not because we didn't have a wonderful time but simply so we can get better acquainted with the city. But in the meantime, it's off to Singapore.
Previous stop: Day 12 & 13 Yangon
Next stop:Singapore Day 16
Related: From Bosphorus to Bangkok - Day 8 of Our Round The World Trip