Temples, Chinatown, Cabbages and Condoms

Posted by Megan:

I wanted to see the big temples in Bangkok that we had missed out on last time due to being duped by a gem scam. So I missioned my way out to see Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. Seven different people had a go at trying to trick me into by saying the temples were closed…..but being older and wiser I didn’t fall for that trap and managed to go to all three. The style and scale of these temples is quite different to others I had seen during the trip so I was glad I made the effort.  

Wat Pho Wat Pra Kaeow Temple

In the afternoon we explored Chinatown. It was crowded and noisy and smelly and hot. It’s a rabbit warren of alleys with shops selling bulk of everything you can imagine. At night the neon signs and lanterns made us feel as if we were in China! We headed out to MBK shopping centre and Pantip Plaza to pick up a stack of pirated DVDs. As we walked along the busy street a man pushed a bag full of vegetables in Juila’s face. We couldn’t work out what he was saying until we saw this baby elephant trundling along behind him. Rather unusual to see an elephant in the central city to say the least!   

For dinner we were meant to meet up with Andrew and Robyn at a restaurant called Cabbages and Condoms. They couldn’t make it at the last minute, but we decided to go anyway as it sounded interesting. We jumped on motor bike taxis through the heavy Bangkok traffic to get to the restaurant. It was possible the scariest ride yet. We sped in between lanes of traffic weaving and winding our way through. Surprisingly we made it in one piece and my knees never collected any car wing mirrors. It was an adrenalin kick that is for sure.   The restaurant is affiliated with the Population and Community Development Association, a sex education and AIDS prevention organization. The atmosphere was neat with lampshades made out of condoms and a “Pill Man” mannequin made from packets of the pill. The food was delicious.  After dinner we took a taxi out to Julia’s Dad’s place and collapsed into bed. Another full day on very little sleep!

Cabbages and Condoms Julia and the pill man