One Day in Bangna, on the outskirts of Bangkok

Just like any city with a well-orchestrated train system, Bangkok is easy to navigate. The BTS Skytrain with its colors, words and numbers, has, as Claudia shared “something for everyone.” The train itself was wide enough to accommodate the throng of people bound for downtown Bangkok on a Saturday morning. I reveled in the courtesy of its passengers, all of whom acted respectfully toward one another and created space for their fellow travelers at each station. And, not so surprisingly everyone abided by the no smoking/drinking/eating instructions made by the automated announcements, which of course meant the subway cars were clean and sparkly–although that last bit was probably from the glitter painted floors.

Our mission for the day included visiting the Jim Thompson House, the home of an American expat who ‘single-handedly’ (with some help from his good friends at Vogue), reinvigorated the Thai silk trade in the 40s and 50s. We had a lovely tour guide with a keen sense of humor who shared Thompson’s history and architectural vision for his homestead. The temperature was balmy so we escaped into the cool environs of the Jim Thompson restaurant for a light lunch and a refreshing dose of Thai iced coffee. Afterward, we set our sights on the most important part of the day: finding a yoga mat. Rather than carrying one transatlantic, we decided to try our hat at buying one locally. And we did, thanks to the surplus of shopping malls along the Sukhumvit train line.

A selection of photos from our day:

Udom Suk train station
Verandah at Jim Thompson House Museum
Silk weaving at Jim Thompson House Museum
Map of Siam, c. 1686
Morning Glory with Chili Peppers, Shrimp Spring Rolls with Spicy Basil Dipping Sauce
King Rama 9, Street Art Mural, Bangkok Art Culture Center
Just two friends on a journey in Asia
Street Art near Udom Suk Station

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