12 May 2009

Shopping & Jim Thompson House

So yesterday, Charlton and I got early and headed to the pool for a morning swim. We headed back to the condo and got cleaned up and headed out early to get started hitting some of the sights.

We started first at Siam Paragon, a huge luxury mall. They have a Maserati dealership inside! I ended up getting all sorts of pampered by the girls in the skin care section of one of the stores. Who needs to go to the spa when you can get mini treatments at the counters?!

We worked up quite an appetite walking around and then headed to another mall down the street, MBK, to get some lunch from the food court. Charlton tucked into a big bowl of Cow Cow Moo and I got myself some Pad Thai. Then we got bowls of shaved ice and coconut milk, and had another run in with some durian (eww! to be blogged about later) With renewed energy we hit the cell phone counters and all the stalls all over the mall.

After that we walked to the Jim Thompson House Museum. It was absolutely GORGEOUS! The gardens and buildings are stunning. Charlton and I had a great time on our tour and walking around the gardens after (and you can't argue with a $6 admission...for the 2 of us!)

Then it was off for a boat ride down one of the canals behind the museum. Crazy! I am lucky I grew up around boats otherwise I would have pitched in for sure! The boats drive like the jet boats up in Oregon...but they are on a canal hardly wide enough for two boats. It's like the jungle cruise on speed!

Then we headed back to condo, snacked on some mangos and some "thai tacos" and went out for another swim. Then it was time for dinner down the street (Tom Yum, yum!) Then back here to book the trip for Chang Mai and Siem Reap, Cambodia. Tickets are all booked and now we just have to get our hotels set up tonight.

Now we are getting ready to hit the Red Cross' Snake Farm. More to come when we get home!

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