Above at the Bangkok flower market, flowers were piled in the street. Located near the Chao Phraya River and Chinatown, the flower market serves as a wholesale distribution point for flowers, which are popular in Bangkok. This post also covers lunar new year and mango and sticky rice.
We saw orchids, roses, carnations at the flower market.
The Jim Thompson House displayed floating lotus blossoms and decorated their spirit house with flowers. Common in Southeast Asia, a spirit house is a shrine to the protective spirit of the place.
Water is used as a design motif. The sight and sound of water help you feel cooler. Bangkok was warm in February so we sought out air conditioned malls in the heat of the afternoon.
On the first day of the lunar year, there were the traditional offerings of food: rice, cakes, duck, chicken, pork, eggs, vegetables, and fruit.
Decorations downtown for the year of the ram. The ram image on the right is hard to make out. On the upper right is a station for the elevated train, which we rode every day.
Perhaps our biggest surprise about Bangkok was the degree of discipline shown when queuing for the elevated train. Pavement markings show where the train doors will open and the queue on each side of the door to board the train. When the doors open, people get off, and then the two queues of people board at each door.
We rode the train during the morning rush hour in order to beat the afternoon heat. Trains can be so crowded that not everyone can get into the train. However, people on the train were extremely courteous and would offer their seat to women and the elderly. I don’t see myself as being elderly, but several women offered their seat to me… I like to think that I gratefully declined their kind offers with a smile.
Bangkok was our first stop in Southeast Asia, and we started slowly in discovering what food our system would tolerate. We ate twice at the mammoth food court of the MBK Center, where we shared this mango and sticky rice. We liked it and didn’t suffer any ill effects, so we went back for more the next day. 🙂