Ahhhh…a sigh of relief from the chaos that was Myanmar.
Since we already bought our flights to India for Dec. 8th and we want to be in India and Nepal at certain times, we have about 3 weeks to spend in Thailand before we head out. Which gives us time to prepare for my families visit to Thailand come April or May.
The first chunk of time we decided to spend in Bangkok to recover and be close to a hospital if needed. This wasn’t mentioned in the last post because there was so much information already on Myanmar, but I had a fever of 101.6 for four days, severe headaches and joint and stomach pains. I didn’t get a rash, but all of those are symptoms of Dengue Fever or who knows what else.
When we arrived in Bangkok I was feeling a little better, no fever even though I still had headaches and exhaustion, so I decided not to go to the hospital. We’ll never actually know if I had The Dengue or not. But, I’m sure glad that’s over. I’ve never been so sick, so often then the 3-4 months we’ve been traveling. It’s a good reminder that travel is not fun all of time and there is no place like home.
While we were in Bangkok, we did do some interesting things.
- The first is figuring out McDonald’s has 9 baht ($0.30) soft serve ice cream cones. What a good way to cool down in HOT Bangkok with ice cream. After we figured this out, we had them everyday. Maybe once we had them twice in one day (what?! we’re trying to fatten Dave up).
- Dave finally got a haircut! It only cost 160 baht ($5.20) and it came out really great.
- See Muay Thai Boxing for free
- Eat lots of street food
- Sell our Myanmar book in Banglamphu. Which is a very popular backpacking area and also VERY touristy with annoying tuk tuk drivers, over priced restaurants, tattoo parlors, and lots of massage places. Not our place to be.
- Thai iced tea with cookies
- Yummy dumplings!!!!
- Cooling down in all of the crazy huge malls Bangkok has. Seriously there are 4-5 GIANT malls in one little area.
- Crazy sidewalk clothes market. Worst idea ever. People are shopping and other people are annoyed behind them trying to walk.
- Traffic, traffic and more traffic. Also, they drive on the left, which made crossing the street that much more difficult.
- Fresh fruit juice in the food court
- Overpriced drinks with live jazz music.
It was a nice refreshing break. I’m sure we’ll come back at some point in our travels.