I hop on TigerAir in Singapore for the flight to Bangkok and arrive at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport mid afternoon. It's a quick ride on the Airport Rail Link train to the Phaya Thai station in town and then several stops on the elevated BTS Skytrain to my hotel. Along the way, I start to admire the lush tropical landscape and plantings.
Tropical landscape and plantings
Skytrain tracks and train
And, I start to see the Thai Tuk Tuks serving as taxis and stands.
I check in and wander out of my hotel and see wide, elevated walkways just under the Skytrain tracks, a great way to get off the street and to be sheltered from the sun and rain. The walkways go down the middle of the streets and have exits directly into the buildings they pass. From the walkways, I have great views of both sides of the street.
Elevated, covered walkways, with direct entry to the buildings
Views from the walkway
Whimsical walkway panels
Just two blocks from my hotel, at the intersection of Ratchaprasong Road and Rama 1 Road, is the Erawan Shrine, a Hindu shrine with the statue of Phra Phrom, the Thai version of Lord Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. The shrine is in the open air and features performance by resident dance troupes hired by the worshipers to help assure that their prayers at the shrine will be answered.
Erawan Shrine from the covered walkway
Inside the Erawan Shrine
Dancers in the Erawan Shrine
My first day in Bangkok is coming to an end and I head back to the hotel to think about dinner and rest after the long trip from the US. And, as the sun sets, I get a great view of the Bangkok skyline from the hotel.
Bangkok at night