In June we were able to go back to Bangkok, Thailand for two nights. During our previous vacation in 2013 we were not able to go to the Chatuchak weekend market. And we also wanted to play with tiger cubs and bathe with elephants again. This time we stayed at the Shangri-La and had a fabulous time there. Again we booked our favorite tour guide,”Nok” in Bangkok as well. It was a quick trip but nice to get out of Manila for a weekend and enjoy the sites and culture of Thailand.
You can never go wrong with Shangri-La.
The ambiance, rooms, food and staff are all so great at every Shangri-La. Mason was able to grab a ride with the bell-hop.
They use these types of motors to power and steer the boats.
We bought some yummy soup from this man right from his boat. You leave your bowl and spoon in your boat when you are finished and some how they make their way back to the vendors.
We went back to the Tiger Temple. I was a little nervous to have our “not yet one year old” baby next to a big tiger, but it was fine.
Kalani got disgusted with how sweaty and “stinky” this tiger was while she held the head in her lap.
We were able to go in a small group and feed and play with tiger cubs. Kalani liked to play with this two month old cub. Baby Blake was not allowed in this part and stayed with our tour guide.
Mason learning from his father how to feed a tiger cub.
We ended the day by bathing and playing with elephants.
Mason really had a great time with the elephants. He even did some “cannon balls” off of the elephant’s head and basically saw the elephant as a “jungle-gym”.
Kalani didn’t want to get wet, but we did take Blake out in the water and he got cooled off by an elephant.
We ended the day by eating dinner next to the river and watched a cultural dance during our dinner at our hotel.
I had these small coconut pancakes the first time that we went to Bangkok and loved them. I was happy to find them again at Klong Ladmayom. They are a small bite size snack.
There is a wide array of food options…Squid anyone?
We finally got to experience Chatuchak weekend market. Here we bought some “Thailand” pants that really only tourist wear.
Matt bought a Thai painting from these guys on a previous trip. Besides painting canvas art, they also paint shoes.
Chatuchak weekend market also has an area where there are dogs and cats for sale. Blake was very excited to see all of the animals.
By the time we were leaving Chatuchak, Blake was exhausted and my make-up was running.
Matt and I had a quick date with Blake riding the free ferry that Shangri-La provides to the Asiatique Night Market that is just up the river.
View of Asiatique as seen from the boat. There is a ferris wheel and lots of vendors there.
We only spent two full days in Bangkok, but with our wonderful tour guide Nok, we were able to cram a lot of things in. Nok is super easy to work with, has good English, great with kids, mixes up transportation between private cars and public so you get to experience everything. If you go to Bangkok, try to book Nok as your tour guide.
More photos of Thailand here.