Thailand

The Buddhas of Bangkok

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Buddhas, Orchids & A Birthday Bash in Bangkok

With the song One Night in Bangkok playing in our heads during a handful of days spent in the ‘City of Angels,’ we admired Buddhas in a multitude of poses, tried our hand at Thai cooking, fought back tears during our first Thai massage, and observed revelers celebrating the Thai king’s 84th birthday.

This was my second trip to Bangkok, a bustling metropolis of nearly nine million people. It was a first visit for my husband, Shawn.

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Our Foray Into A Thai Kitchen

We followed our instructor, Carole, down a dim Bangkok passageway that opened up into a large similarly lit marketplace. Walking among mounds of fresh cabbage, beansprouts, Thai eggplants, mushrooms, dried shrimp and fish, Carole taught us how to select the best ingredients for the dishes we would be cooking that morning: Kang Khiao Wan Gai (Green Curry with Chicken), Pad Thai with Tofu & Chicken, and Pumpkin in Sweet Coconut Milk. 

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Rainy Day at Bangkok’s Wat Pho

Despite the grey skies overhead, Bangkok’s Wat Pho complex, which houses the famous Reclining Buddha, showcased a kaleidoscope of colors. The complex was founded in 1781 and houses more than one thousand Buddha images. 

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