Today is my last day in Thailand after almost 2 months of being here. Overall it has been a great trip. I’ve met some lovely people, eaten tons of great food, gotten so many spectacular massages. So here’s my goodbye to Thailand in all its colorful lunacy and yummy goodness…
Goodbye sexy old(er) guys who pedal the rickshaws of Chiang Mai.
Goodbye to Sri Poom Soi 1, which has felt more like home than anyplace for the last 3 years.
Soi 1 on a rainy day. Nevermind the backed up sewage in front of my hotel. Adios to that! OK so no one said it’s paradise.
Goodbye to Room 11 at the Triple Palms Hotel, my home away from home for $21/night. Click to enlarge panorama.
Goodbye to Lake from Lake’s Shakes across from my hotel. Try her avocado, apple, and lemon shake next time you’re here. Thanks for being my good neighbor and for the little good luck ribbon you made for me, Lake!
Goodbye to Chang Chalaad, the best Thai restaurant I’ve eaten in. Another gem of Soi 1. Thank you to Wong the chef behind the scenes who is as delicate as his flavors of tamarind, lemongrass and lime.
The master himself, Wong. I am told he needs a boyfriend. And with his cooking skills it shouldn’t be that hard to find, right?
Goodbye to Guhn and his very wonderful Upper Deck rooftop bar where I had many a passion fruit mojito while watching the rains gently wash the dirty city.
Goodbye to the excellent tailors who sewed me a whole new wardrobe I didn’t need. But it was a fun process anyway.
Ta ta to Tu, the best of all the tailors…who seems to be having a little cobbler’s shoes problem in this photo. If I learn to sew, I am going to give her a makeover.
Goodbye to the Sunday night market and the fabulous people watching, street food and handicrafts.
Goodbye to the punchy colors and whimsical style of Thailand.
Is it supremely beautiful or beyond tacky? I ask that a lot in Thailand.
Goodbye to awesomely good and cheap street food and the mobile entrepreneurship of the Thai people.
Goodbye to the $5 massages. You will be sorely missed.
Goodbye to the excellent examples of lost in translation. Special Delivery for you? Take it. Yeah, take it like a man.
Goodbye to the overuse of the word “boutique.” Gee, even Bangkok Airways is Asia’s “Boutique Airline.” Yep, that’s their slogan.
Goodbye to the nuttiness of Thailand. (Foot in mouth sock.)
Goodbye to the nerdy camera guy eager to chat with another camera geek who saw those eye-popping gadgets that I grew up with in my young hands!
Goodbye to the general inexplicable weirdnesses of Thailand.
Goodbye to the spirit of DIY and DO IT ANYWAY mentality of this poor country.
Bye Phil from Oxford…one of my friends for a few days as we intersect briefly. May you not fall asleep on your bicycle again!
Goodbye to the sparkling temples and the pink glitter Buddha.
From America to Thailand. Here’s a big hug.