Bangkok – Thailand’s Capital

A longtail boat on the bangkok river

A long-tail boat on Bangkok’s Ping River

Our first stop was in the capital, Bangkok, which is a huge sprawling city of 10 million people, situated in the level land on both sides of the Ping river. To get from “here to there” you often take a long-tail boat. Many of them are seen on the river transporting people and goods.

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46 meter reclining golden Buddha

46 meter reclining golden Buddha

Bangkok has plenty of temples, including one with a 46 meter reclining Buddha gilded in gold. One of the kings of Thailand brought buddhas in from temples in the Thai countryside to concentrate them in the royal temples in the city.

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Elevated transit system

In contrast to large cities that have subways, Bangkok has its metro above ground. Many of the pedestrian walkways are also above ground, so it seems like the shops at street level don’t get much pedestrian traffic.

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Pink Taxie

Pink taxi

 

Bangkok also has beautiful pink taxis!

 

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Health care in Bangkok

Fountain outside the hospital of tropical deseases

Fountain outside the hospital of tropical deseases

One item of business we took care of in Bangkok was getting Dan a Japanese Encephalitis shot. We took public transit, the Skytrain, to the Bangkok hospital for tropical diseases. We were both impressed by the efficiency of the staff and the substantial nature of the hospital. The shot cost just $30 whereas Char’s cost her insurance $600. We learned that in Thailand, everyone has access to medical care, unless they are injured in a car or motor-bike accident. People buy insurance for these.

Other favorite photos from Bangkok

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