Breakfast here is fabulous:
A major factor was that when my flight arrived at 5PM yesterday, it was 94 F. The temperature today will rise to 97 F, if not higher. Try walking around at that temperature in the midst of mega thousands over sidewalks with holes and gaps. That in itself is an adventure.
If the cab had no widows I would have been drenched. There are water tossers at various spots where cars must stop.
MMPQ the largest in Thailand with 1360 rooms. The Waikiki Beach Marriott has just around 1300 rooms, while the Hilton Hawaiian Village now is up to 2860 rooms. I overlook Queen Sirikit Park:
As scorching as it was, the least I could do was visit the park. As expected, I was greeted by my Blue Bar Pigeon:
Clearly, this is a modernistic statue of a female.
Turns out that this location is a hotbed of Songkran:
I had to side-step obvious water battles:
However, I escaped without being inundated.
Queen Sirikit is now 84. Here she is with King Bhumibol on the day they were married.
This Thai New Year Water Festival has a major downside. People drive home at some distance, and last year from April 11 to 17 there were 442 traffic deaths and 3,447 accidents.
The M Club is better than anything Starwood has to offer, although the Towers Lounge at the Sheraton Saigon is also worthy. I would say 200 can fit into the room here. The service is almost suffocating (which is good) and the cuisine and drinks are superior:
I enjoyed the beef soup so much that I had a second course:
My M Club view nearing sunset:
On the way out I saw this startling sunset image of a speeding spacecraft:
Chatuchak Market. Speaking of teeming humanity, this beats Mumbai. I hope it rains. But if I go, will I do those five things?