Location: Bankgok, Thailand
We spent the better part of the day in Cambodia, exploring Angkor Wat (the main temple finally) at sunrise, followed by the two oldest temples in the area. In the afternoon, we took a cooking class at a local restaurant and learned how to make the Kmerfood we have been eating for the past few days, and then in the evening, we traveled back to Bangkok and the scenes we know and love. I figured that now was a good time to cover the official items of the trip, as we return to the beginning. Official Food: Pad Thai. Pad Thai was our first real meal in Thailand, and we didn’t bother trying anything else. The only days that no pad Thai was eaten were spent in Cambodia, where any sort of quality Thai food is hard to come by. In Thailand, we frequented restaurants where pad Thai was good and shunned those where it wasn’t, no matter the quality of the overall dishes. Official Drink: Mango Shakes. This one was necessarily a choice. Mangos are simply the best quality fruit available in Thailand. With every meal, at least somebody ordered a mango shake (usually along with pad Thai). Yet after trying a fantastic shake from a small stand on Koh Tao, all other mango shakes paled in comparison. Official Shirt: Rash Guard. One day, people didn’t wear rashguards. Those people now do, happily stopping their shoulders from burning. Official Pants: Elephant Pants. This one is by far the most important to the trip. During our visit to the Royal Palace, we were confronted by our lack of appropriate clothing. To compensate, we were forced to rent baggy pants with elephants on them from a nearby man. Little did we know that these pants would become so essential to our trip. Eventually, we got to a point where more people were wearing elephant pants (called Cambodia pants in Cambodia, because they want to seem special) than regular pants. They were collected from markets around both countries for varying prices (from $6 to 2for $5) and colors (some without elephants on them at all). Now, we feel united in our incredibly obvious tourist clothing.