Noi naa already knows how to make quintessential Asian pose for the camera.

Noi naa already knows how to make quintessential Asian pose for the camera.

We spent the better part of the morning in Rot Fai Park (“Railway” Park – thus known for all the old train cars scattered about the grounds) on rented bicycles. It’s the large park just adjacent to Chattachuk Market at the end of the Mo Chit BTS line. It’s a lovely green park with lots of shade, two playgrounds, lakes with rental boats, and even a free butterfly house (closed on Mondays though).

The bikes were all trendy shades of pink and blue and all had an extra seat behind the main seat for doubling.

The bikes were all trendy shades of pink and blue and all had an extra seat behind the main seat for doubling.

When we went to rent the bikes, both Bella and I were astonished to hear that we could rent a bike (with a child’s seat) for 20 baht or about 50 cents. That’s all for an hour? we asked in disbelief – No, said Joss, That’s for the whole day!

So no wonder the park’s full of school kids in uniform (junior high, high school and uni students) riding around in laughing clusters and picnicking in the gazebos. I can hardly think of a cheaper way to have fun in Bangkok, except to ride the river taxi up and down.

It was hot – sweltering hot – although now that it’s rained since we’ve been home, the weather has cooled dramatically. But while it was too hot to stand around outside, it was fine on bike with the wind cooling our sweat-wet necks and backs. Bella rode with Noi naa and I rode with Christian while Joss and Songbae spent some time at the driving range. Sue is in South Africa until next Saturday and we’re keeping Noi naa busy… Bella flies home tomorrow!

The babies loved it.

The babies loved it.

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