Two friends from DC (I may or may not have played a small role in getting them out on a first date) came to visit! They landed in Manila after a day traveling and were happily welcomed by Xena and our newly adopted puppy, Conan.
We went to breakfast at Sofitel the next morning to eat our faces in delicious food and indulge in the cheese room. Then headed to Wildflour for a late lunch/dinner before sending them on their way to Bangkok.
Part 1: Bangkok (hehehehe)
We booked a room at the iCheck Inn Silom, which turned out to be a perfect place to stay. It was off the main road a bit, so didn’t have the noise of the busy street, was reasonably priced, easy to grab a cab, walking distance to lots of food, AND the bar from the Hangover!
I woke up early to hit the gym, which was an easy 10 minute walk away. Crossfit Ten500 had open gym from 8-10 and even let me start a little early. They were very welcoming, I almost came back the next day for class, but I’d be cutting it close for catching my flight.
After working out I met up with Mark, Alex, and Tory at a cute coffee shop, The Hobbyest, with delicious drinks and food. Then we set out to explore.
First Stop: Wat Phra Kaew
The temple was huge, and beautiful. We had to be fully covered, so in the heat I threw on some pants and a sweater, but it was totally worth it. Even with the crowd. We wandered around enjoying the architecture, then took off our shoes to see the Emerald Buddha.
Second Stop: Wat Pho
A bit less crowded than the first temple and boasting the huge reclining Buddha. This temple felt a little more peaceful without the crowd.
Third Stop: Thai Massage
We went to the school of medicine for our massage. It was a mix between the hell of myotherapy (that I endure often at Pace Prehab and Recovery) and a feel good massage.
Fourth Stop: Dinner
We found a delicious Indian restaurant and tried to figure out what we would do for the rest of the evening. We decided on…
Fifth and Final Stop: Muay Thai
We weren’t sure what to expect, but there were fights going on at Ratchadamnoen, so we figured when in Rome…err Bangkok. We paid for the seats right next to the ring, because we wanted to sit. There was a Thai price and a foreigner price, but we managed to get a little bit off the foreigner price. There was some kind of point system, 5 rounds per fight, and we stayed for 8 fights. One which ended early because of a K.O. I have no idea what was going on, but it was fun.
Then we headed back to the hotel for bed, early start the next day.