The Final Countdown

What do you do when you’re down to your last two days in Bangkok? You know the last day will be filled with cleaning out the apartment, getting all your travel documents together, packing, and changing money, so you’ve got to make the most of that crucial second-to-last day. Here’s what you do:
Have some kow niaw ma muang (mango with sticky rice) for breakfast. After all, it’s peak mango season right now.
mango sticky rice 2

Take a picture of the lady who sells it, so you can remember all the amazing vendors along “the mosqe street” (and kick yourself for never learning the actual name of the street, but always calling it that because it’s the only street in the neighborhood that has a mosque on it.)
ma muang kow niaw vendor
Accompany your husband to Daddy Dough, a doughnut shop down the street, because one of his students told him it had the best doughnuts in the whole city. Watch him agonize of the decision making process:
mike at daddy dough
Wow, they really do have a lot of good looking doughnuts!
daddy dough
Wait for the ferry at the Central Pier.
Marvel at the fact that as soon as you get on the boat, it goes from nice and sunny to absolutely pouring.
chao phraya rain 2
Take the ferry up to the Khao San Road Area. Yes, it’s overly touristy, but you’ve been living like a local in Thailand for 3 months, so it’s okay to go there for the relaxing bars and hilarious people-watching. Enjoy your prawn crackers and beer (with ice!) while everyone around you consults their SE Asia on a Shoe-String Lonely Planets and reminisces about elephant rides and Full Moon parties.
Then find a book store and attempt to find a book for the interminable plane flight tomorrow.
Give up, because the books are completely unorganized and you can’t find any worth reading. Figure you’ll have to settle for the best in-flight entertainment Royal Jordanian Airlines has to offer.
Take a taxi to Pahurat to indulge in some Indian food.
punjab sweets
Note that the cab driver is looking to keep his vehicle smelling pleasant.
Don’t worry that you’re stopped at one intersection for a full 40 minutes. This is authentic Bangkok traffic, and it’s the last you’ll experience of it for quite some time.
Wrap up your night with a 30 baht bowl of yellow noodles with red pork, sausage, and egg like you’ve had every night for the past two weeks. You’re not going to end that streak until you absolutely have to.
yellow noodles with red pork
Now, you’re ready to say goodbye to Bangkok. Don’t worry, you’ll probably be back sooner than you think!


3 Responses to “The Final Countdown”

  1. 1 Alison May 18, 2009 at 10:22 pm

    Where are you guys headed next???

  2. 3 rebel May 19, 2009 at 12:12 am

    Mmmmm sticky rice! But where’s the Johnny Walker???

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