No but seriously, have I mentioned we love the heat?
We’ve been to Bangkok several times before. We love this city – the whole noisy, hectic atmosphere of food, markets, people, shops. But Bangkok is hot. Like, really hot. Muggy, sweaty hot. We can no longer wear the same clothes five days in a row hot. It’s quite a dramatic change.
To counteract the heat, Don has purchased cloth trousers and more sarongs, and I have purchased batik* Thai** pants and an elephant singlet.
I shall wear all of these back in Australia.***
However counteracting our new, cooler outfits we are eating chilli for breakfast, lunch and dinner at street vendors across the city. Big, fat red chillies that take you completely by surprise**** if you’re not looking. Chilli to turn your face red and make sweat cover your brow.
To counteract the chillies, we’re drinking gallons of water. Bottles and bottles of water, as well as bottles and bottles of Pepsi***** and Coca-cola.
Counteracting all of this water and cola consumption, we are walking everywhere (in our new outfits), for miles and miles, seeing temples and markets and statues and shops and people. It’s pretty hard going.
To counteract being hot and worn out from walking****** we’re buying fruit at every corner. Vendors sell it from ice laden carts, chopping it fresh in front of you – watermelon, pineapple, mango, other fruit.*******
Yep, Bangkok is pretty fabulous, but pretty darn hot.
I guess the other thing we could use is our air-conditioned hotel room and the swimming pool, but then that would be quite lazy of us.********
*not really batik, just “batik-look”
**not worn by any Thai people, worn only by tourists
***probably not, going on past experience
*****not really Pepsi, a kind of sugary cola substitute
******ok so perhaps we’ve jumped in a tuk-tuk several times
*******small, round brown things, sliced green things, pale yellow segmented things
********alright yes we are totally being lazy every afternoon from around 3:30pm