Near our airbnb place in central BKK is a little pathetic caged monkey, who tries to bite me.

Near our airbnb place in central BKK is a little pathetic caged monkey, who tries to bite me.

Going on a nice walk through BKK... lovely day, not so hot.  We stop to watch this street cat unsuccessfully try to hunt the pigeon.  Good times.

Going on a nice walk through BKK... lovely day, not so hot. We stop to watch this street cat unsuccessfully try to hunt the pigeon. Good times.

Exploring this nice park, which is hilariously named

Exploring this nice park, which is hilariously named "80th Anniversary Commemoration of His Majesty the King Park".

The park has a nice little lake, filled with fish, and an elevated walkway going through the middle of the lake!  From here are nice views of the BKK skyline...

The park has a nice little lake, filled with fish, and an elevated walkway going through the middle of the lake! From here are nice views of the BKK skyline...

Walking through another of BKK's parks :)

Walking through another of BKK's parks 🙂

exotic street scenes in BKK

exotic street scenes in BKK

The sea of power cables draped up above the streets and sidewalks exists everywhere in Thailand, especially the capitol city.

The sea of power cables draped up above the streets and sidewalks exists everywhere in Thailand, especially the capitol city.

Part of nice BKK skyline, including the newly-built

Part of nice BKK skyline, including the newly-built "pixel building" to the right, which at over 1,000 feet high is the new tallest tower in Thailand.

Up-close of the nearly-finished pixel building... otherwise known as MahaNakhon Tower.

Up-close of the nearly-finished pixel building... otherwise known as MahaNakhon Tower.

Welcome to Siam Center, a super-shopping mall... we didn't go in as we are looking for a different kind of mall nearby....

Welcome to Siam Center, a super-shopping mall... we didn't go in as we are looking for a different kind of mall nearby....

We finally found it... Panthip Plaza, the all-electronics mall.  This is the best place to get computers, cameras, smart-phones, and the like.

We finally found it... Panthip Plaza, the all-electronics mall. This is the best place to get computers, cameras, smart-phones, and the like.

... there is even an A&W there and I treat myself to a root beer float.

... there is even an A&W there and I treat myself to a root beer float.

Back to the lovely canals of the

Back to the lovely canals of the "Venice of the East"... gonna take a canal boat ride.

All aboard!  For a whooping 10 baht (less than 30 cents), you can ride this boat up and down the lovely canals of BKK.

All aboard! For a whooping 10 baht (less than 30 cents), you can ride this boat up and down the lovely canals of BKK.

cruisin' the canals

cruisin' the canals

About to make a brief stop to take on passengers at one of the canal-side boat-stops.

About to make a brief stop to take on passengers at one of the canal-side boat-stops.

Passing by the famed graffiti-filled area near the Jim Thompson House.

Passing by the famed graffiti-filled area near the Jim Thompson House.

late afternoon, sunset begins, there isn't a better time to walk around the canal-side slums

late afternoon, sunset begins, there isn't a better time to walk around the canal-side slums

... this is when all the animals come out!  Last time I was here, there weren't so many, but now there are cats literally everywhere!  Lots of friendly folks out and about, too...

... this is when all the animals come out! Last time I was here, there weren't so many, but now there are cats literally everywhere! Lots of friendly folks out and about, too...

Hanging out with a canal slum cat!  Good times!

Hanging out with a canal slum cat! Good times!

scenes from the canal-side slums

scenes from the canal-side slums

another cuddly and lazy canal cat!

another cuddly and lazy canal cat!

canal taxi boats plying the waters

canal taxi boats plying the waters

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a "restaurant" beside the canals

wonderfully lovely tree!

wonderfully lovely tree!

The concrete pillars to the BTS skytrain are decorated nicely with plants here...

The concrete pillars to the BTS skytrain are decorated nicely with plants here...

At the cultural center near National Stadium, there is a live concert going on from an Indie Rock Thai band.... really good music and great atmosphere!

At the cultural center near National Stadium, there is a live concert going on from an Indie Rock Thai band.... really good music and great atmosphere!

hanging out and listening to the free outdoor concert...

hanging out and listening to the free outdoor concert...

the sound dude hard at work

the sound dude hard at work

watching the concert from up at the BTS skytrain station...

watching the concert from up at the BTS skytrain station...

Can't ever come into Bangkok again without going to this place... Sunrise Tacos.  I swear it is by far the best Mexican place i've ever eaten at outside of the USA!!!!  All-you-can-eat home-cooked tortilla chips with a salsa buffet, a dozen different fresh home-made spicy Mexican salsas to choose from!  And then, tacos and quesadillas, and even a margarita and horchada!  Yummy!!!

Can't ever come into Bangkok again without going to this place... Sunrise Tacos. I swear it is by far the best Mexican place i've ever eaten at outside of the USA!!!! All-you-can-eat home-cooked tortilla chips with a salsa buffet, a dozen different fresh home-made spicy Mexican salsas to choose from! And then, tacos and quesadillas, and even a margarita and horchada! Yummy!!!

Eating some unbelievably amazing Mexican food at Sunrise Tacos.... I found this place when Tim was here, and been dreaming about it ever since.  We came here 2 days in a row during this trip to Bangkok!

Eating some unbelievably amazing Mexican food at Sunrise Tacos.... I found this place when Tim was here, and been dreaming about it ever since. We came here 2 days in a row during this trip to Bangkok!

After the Mexican feast, bloated and beyond stuffed, we take a refreshing night-time stroll in Lumphini Park.  Here we are hanging out by the lake and enjoying the reflections of the surrounding skyscrapers.

After the Mexican feast, bloated and beyond stuffed, we take a refreshing night-time stroll in Lumphini Park. Here we are hanging out by the lake and enjoying the reflections of the surrounding skyscrapers.

Lots of cats in the park, this one sleeping on a park bench... didn't even flinch when we sat next to it and started petting it, haha!

Lots of cats in the park, this one sleeping on a park bench... didn't even flinch when we sat next to it and started petting it, haha!

BKK skyscrapers towering around Lumphini Park.

BKK skyscrapers towering around Lumphini Park.

There was a festival in the park, was just closing but you can see the colourful tents lined up along the lake...

There was a festival in the park, was just closing but you can see the colourful tents lined up along the lake...

Next day, we check out of our flat and say goodbye to the pathetic little caged monkey next door.  At least it has a comfortable-looking hammock in there.

Next day, we check out of our flat and say goodbye to the pathetic little caged monkey next door. At least it has a comfortable-looking hammock in there.

back in the Bangkok subway!

back in the Bangkok subway!

Lumphini subway station...

Lumphini subway station...

Headed to Central Plaza, a big mall in the north of BKK near Chatuchak Park, to do some business.  I fondly remembered the elephant skyscraper from back in the day, but had forgotten exactly where it was in the city.  Well here it is, viewed from the Phathon Yothin BTS station platform.  Chang!!!

Headed to Central Plaza, a big mall in the north of BKK near Chatuchak Park, to do some business. I fondly remembered the elephant skyscraper from back in the day, but had forgotten exactly where it was in the city. Well here it is, viewed from the Phathon Yothin BTS station platform. Chang!!!

sales ladies hard at work and having fun doing it, in Central Plaza

sales ladies hard at work and having fun doing it, in Central Plaza

exploring the mega-mall, one of dozens in the BKK area...

exploring the mega-mall, one of dozens in the BKK area...

scenes from the mega-mall

scenes from the mega-mall

Kids having a blast in the lego area of the toy section.... reminds me of Dyetsky Mir in Moscow!

Kids having a blast in the lego area of the toy section.... reminds me of Dyetsky Mir in Moscow!

Smoking-hot babe hecklers in the beauty section...

Smoking-hot babe hecklers in the beauty section...

My beloved Phahon Yothin Road, better known as the Don Muang Expressway... this is the road that I used to take in the good ol' days, to get to and from Rangsit University, where I lived, into the city.  Goooood times!

My beloved Phahon Yothin Road, better known as the Don Muang Expressway... this is the road that I used to take in the good ol' days, to get to and from Rangsit University, where I lived, into the city. Goooood times!

As we cross the road, a heavy downpour begins.  Crap, we were on our way to the huge park next door, now we must wait out this heavy rain.

As we cross the road, a heavy downpour begins. Crap, we were on our way to the huge park next door, now we must wait out this heavy rain.

... but we have leftover chips and salsa from our meal last night!  So we find a sheltered bus stop and have a Mexican chips and salsa picnic until the rain finally dies down.

... but we have leftover chips and salsa from our meal last night! So we find a sheltered bus stop and have a Mexican chips and salsa picnic until the rain finally dies down.

Finally we take a walk through the large Chatuchak Park, which has an impressive workout center with a lot of interesting fitness machines!

Finally we take a walk through the large Chatuchak Park, which has an impressive workout center with a lot of interesting fitness machines!

Good times!!

Good times!!

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