Kade and I ended up Yaowarat, where we walked the streets and took in the sights, sounds and smells, from the durian cart to the old-style Chinese pharmacies to the grilled prawns to the street-performing drummers. Anybody who visits Bangkok ought to spend a late afternoon in Chinatown, and then stay a bit longer for dinner at one of the seafood cafes that set up along the main drag and side streets. We ended up leaving before dinner, in part because we were exhausted from having walked so much. Another reason was because a rainstorm was brewing. It was the monsoon season! Lots of people were getting out of there due to the rain, and so taxis were suddenly hard to come by. What did we do? We just jumped on a bus! About the 7:40 mark of the video, you can see what traffic is like in Bangkok, around rush hour, on a bus, during a driving rainstorm. We took it all the way back to the area of Kade's family home.
To learn more about the rich history of Yaowarat, click here.