A little sightseeing in Bangkok!
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I arrived back in Bangkok absolutely exhausted and decided to go for a much overdue Thai massage at one of the many massage parlors near Asia Hotel. They all looked the same and had the same prices so I wandered into a random one. Since it was in the middle of the day, there were very few customers around and all the masseuses seemed to be eating noodles. I've had one Thai massage before during which I ended up basically in the crucifixion pose being held up on the knees of a tiny Asian woman in Hong Kong. I think it's safe to say that if you like S&M, well, particularly the M part, you'll love Thai massages. I never knew my bones could crack that much and even though I walked with a slight limp the rest of the day, it felt oddly cathartic and paradoxically relaxing after the massage--maybe, the cessation of pain made it seem relaxing.
In any case, I went home, had a much needed shower, and met up with Ohm, a former co-worker at Siam Square, the big shopping area nearby. We had a great time catching up and grabbed noodles at HK Noodles...I was happy that they were real noodles.
The next day, I hit Wat Pho, home of the enormous Reclining Buddha that's 46m long and has 3m-feet inlaid with mother of pearl. There were also spectacular guardian statues and beautiful temples with ornate ceramic and gold works (a very different and more recent beauty than Angkor). I then walked over to the Grand Palace and ogled at the many temples there. I had to head to Khao San Road, backpacker central (and also appeared in The Beach). It was like a mini Western street in the middle of Bangkok.
Templed out, I headed over to the big shopping complex MBK where I had a delicious dinner in the fancy international food court and headed back to the hotel for my early flight to Tokyo the next morning. On the way back to the hotel, I found an alley with a night market, selling everything from desserts to produce. It was ironic that after searching so much for an authentic night market / not just stolen watch stands, I found one so near my hotel.
Unable to resist, I grabbed a foot massage in the hotel lobby.