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The most auspicious shrine in Bangkok, complete with its own traditional dancers.
On Sunday I took an all day bus from Krabi to Bangkok.  We're talking ALL FREAKING DAY.  Thirteen hours!  That's a flight across the Pacific, minus the stewardesses plying you with booze and the ability to get up and stretch.  Yeee-ow!  I do not recommend thirteen long, immobile hours the day after hiking a steep mountain. My muscles cramped and seized and still hurt.  STILL.  Four days after the fact.

I arrived late Sunday night, sweaty and smelly and a bit woozy from the bus, and was greeted with open arms and fresh sliced cold mango.  Mmmm, that's what I'm talkin' about.  I'm staying with Romana, whom I met in Yangshuo, and her husband Richard, whom promptly plied me with Christmas sweets and tea aplenty.
Genuine Thai dancers who dance for the Thais, not the tourists.
  I wish I had that kind of welcome everywhere I went.  (Guesthouses, take notes.)

Monday was spent doing visa runs for Cambodia and Laos, both of which were quick and painless, aside from being a haul to the far reaches of the city.  In the late afternoon Romana took me to Siam, a massive shopping area smack in the middle of the city, with countless department stores up and down Sukhumvit Road.  I may have set the world record for number of department stores entered in one hour.  Good grief.  Apparently Bangkok is THE shopping mecca in Asia, and let me tell you, I believe it.

It's good to be back in Bangkok.  And, true to form, I have yet to have one meal that isn't finger-lickin' good.  Yum-o.
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