from phuket to bangkok: traffic & pollution, a traditional show & elephant rides

Monday, January 14:  This morning we fly from Phuket to Bangkok.  We part ways with the lovely Club Andaman Beach Resort.

Goodbye to the Club Andaman Beach Resort in Phuket

Goodbye to the Club Andaman Beach Resort in Phuket

Taking off from Phuket

Taking off from Phuket

Arrival in Bangkok

Arrival in Bangkok

Once we arrive in Bangkok, we spend most of our time sitting in traffic trying to get to our hotel.

Bangkok is a modern city with horrible pollution – the air is actually a gray color.  Many of us get flu-like symptoms upon our arrival, and it becomes clear why people are walking around wearing surgical masks.  Traffic congestion is a huge problem.  Every time we travel by bus in the city, it takes us at least an hour to get to our destination.  Taxi cabs, mostly Toyotas and Mitsubishis in bright colors of royal blue, red, yellow, hot pink, and purple, abound, but it’s faster and more convenient to travel by the sky train.

Bangkok's congested traffic

Bangkok’s congested traffic

Finally we make it to our hotel, where we’re given some free time to settle in and relax.

in the hotel lobby

in the hotel lobby

Later in the evening we go to a touristy venue to eat a traditional Thai meal and watch traditional dancers.

Jennifer, ??, ??, Ryan, me and Luz

Jennifer, ??, ??, Ryan, me and Luz

Thai dancers

Thai dancers

more Thai dancers

more Thai dancers

Thai musicians

Thai musicians

Then we all take turns riding elephants around the square.  It’s not really my idea of an authentic elephant ride, as I imagine riding elephants through lush jungles.

a statue near the elephant ride station

a statue near the elephant ride station

me with an elephant friend

me with an elephant friend

atop the elephant

atop the elephant

riding an elephant in NOT-ideal surroundings

riding an elephant in NOT-ideal surroundings

I really dislike this kind of venue that is set up expressly for tourists.  I find out on this trip that I really dislike group tours of any kind.  I think if I’m going to travel, I need to do it alone, or with only one or two close friends.

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2 thoughts on “from phuket to bangkok: traffic & pollution, a traditional show & elephant rides

  1. Lemonpath

    Beautiful photos, I love temples!

    • Thanks so much, Lemonpath! I adore temples too. You should visit Myanmar; there are thousands upon thousands of amazing temples there! 🙂

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