The moment we stepped out of the Bangkok airport (which was beautiful, by the way), we were inundated by constant movement and assault on the senses.
After a loooong flight we decided to just spring for a cab instead of navigating the bus / train situation. The cab-minivan had obviously seen better days, and could not run for a continuous 5 minutes. The poor cab driver had to shift it into neutral, turn the engine off, turn the engine back on, then continue to drive. This was all done while speeding along the highway in the shoulder. Then we got into a minor fender bender with a truck in Chinatown. To which the drivers of each vehicle just got out, looked at the lack of damage, and just got back in their cars. After 24 hours of travel, Pat and I were fairly unfazed.
We stayed at Loy La Long, a small B&B in Chinatown along the river. Well, actually OVER the river. The place is tucked in between houses and a monastery. A picture of the alley down to Loy La Long is shown above. It was a beautifullll (albeit loud since we stayed over Loy Krathong) place to stay and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
We loved ambling through the streets of Chinatown, our home for a few lovely days.
Singha. Best beer ever. It might have something to do with how much we loved Bangkok, and how much I loved the crazy gold label, but it was still a solid beer.
If you find yourself in Bangkok, you HAVE to get the Thai Iced Coffee in bags. Have to. I normally hate any sort of sugar or sweetness in my coffee, but this hit the spot! And the fact that it came in a box inside a bag with a load of crushed ice just made it better.
If you want a great view over the city for only for the price of two fairly expensive cocktails, go to Lebua. You can sit and stare for as long as you want, and the view is fantastic!