Needing to digest the 2 meals we had already eaten, we went to the biggest flower market in Bangkok to walk around and explore. Phang told us that while the market was open basically 24/7, it gets a lot livelier at night. Camera out and careful of my bag, we set foot towards the light and all the flora.
There were so many different kinds of flowers! Roses, orchids, marigolds, and even flowers imported from other countries are sold at this market. I think most of the flowers sold here are designated for offerings at the numerous temples around Bangkok although I did see a few people buying bouquets. Cute. Everything was so colorful and quite overwhelming but it was a wonderful experience walking through the market.
We then head over to the adjacent fruit and vegetable market for yummy sights and smells. Suddenly we stop on the side of the road and surround a small stand selling mini pineapples. Before I knew it Phang was going around with a container of mini pineapples and I got two because they were quite delicious.
Phang then showed us a stall with all kinds of Thai chilis before stopping again for some street side chicken BBQ. The chicken was perfectly cooked and was coated with a kind of sweet soy glaze. Very similar to Filipino chicken BBQ but without the bones! Yum!
Hopping back into our tuk tuks, we made our way to Wat Pho. Also known as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Wat Pho is recognized to have one of the largest Buddha statues in Thailand. In addition to that the temple houses a large collection of smaller buddhas and one of the oldest schools for Thai medicine and massage. We didn’t get to see the Reclining Buddha because the main temple was already closed at night but we were able to walk around the temple complex and admire all the stupa that were built by the different kings of Thailand. To think that the stupa were built before modern machinery was invented is pretty amazing. I’m trying to imagine all the heavy lifting now.
Off we went again, this time to a secret location not mentioned in our map or itinerary. In a small alleyway just behind Wat Pho we entered a small bed and breakfast, climbed a lot a lot of stairs, and admired the view of the Chao Phraya river that runs through Bangkok. It was pretty dark and the temple on the other side was under renovation so we heard some heavy equipment moving around. Everyone got some drinks and I got a bottle of Singha beer to try. It kinda reminded me of Tiger beer but I’m not sure because my beer palate isn’t very cultured. If it’s beer, I’ll probably like it. Unless it’s Keystone Light. Ew.
And just like that, we were making our way to our last destination. The night was about to end but we had one more meal to accomplish. Stomach ready, I braced myself to have one last meal before the night ended. My parents said they were already full but this is a lie because spoiler alert, they will still eat more. TEEHEE.
Note: Names of establishments are not mentioned just to be fair to Bangkok Food Tours. You can probably Google it if you really want to find out or if you take the tour, you’ll get the names and even a map.