During our evening rambles around Bangkok (enjoying the coolest part of the day), we visited the vibrant Chinatown neighborhood to sample its famous street food. Another evening found us on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, which cuts through the oldest parts of Bangkok, sharing a breezy park with an outdoor exercise class.
Yaowarat Street in the heart of Bangkok's large and vibrant Chinatown
Seven-Eleven stores are everywhere in Bangkok. They sell the same kind of things as at home, but they're also where you buy SIM cards and top up the minutes on your phone.
This outdoor restaurant, where we had dinner, drew long lines for its very fresh meat and vegetables
On the fruit stalls, we were surprised to see a taste from home
Phra Sumen Fortress, a renovated guardhouse in the 18th-century walls that originally surrounded the oldest part of Bangkok
Next to Phra Sumen Fortress is a breezy riverside park, a rare grassy area in a city with little green space
A pretty pavilion in the riverside park
The Chao Phraya river and the King Rama VIII bridge provide a backdrop for an evening exercise class in the park
Why exercise in a stuffy gym when you can do it with a river breeze instead?
Chris enjoying the river park
A restaurant worker peels the leaves off Thai basil plants. Restaurants go through a lot of that herb!
A typical meal for us: a noodle salad
The makings of a delicious drink: soda water, sweet lychee-flavored syrup, and mint, mixed yourself in an iced metal cup
One afternoon, we stumbled on a board game cafe and enjoyed a cool oasis away from crowds
The main exhibition hall at Bangkok's national museum, featuring some of the finest statutes from Thai history
A very Khmer (Cambodian) style Buddha