Honestly, between jet lag and being in a new home in a foreign country, the next few days passed by in a blur. We went to dinner Saturday night at a restaurant called Baan Rabiang Nam (or, in English, the "River Tree"). Kevin and I had gone here in January and LOVED it. I was glad we were able to take the kids there as we had told them about it several times. For about 30 baht (or $1.00), a tuk tuk picks you up from the car park and drives you down a very crowded and chaotic lane to the restaurant. Once you arrive at the door of the restaurant, you know you are in for something special. The restaurant has an amazing setting right on the bank of the Chao Praya river so you can watch the tug boats & barges pass by as well as the boat taxis and the decorated longtail boats. There are also a lot of beautiful river plants that float by in massive clumps so the river looks to be dotted with floating gardens. The food at the River Tree is fabulous and incredibly cheap. I cannot wait for our first visitors to arrive so we can take them there. It is such a great "Thai" experience.
Our first trip to the grocery store was quite an experience! I was amazed, overwhelmed, and confused all at the same time. I have been told that everything I need can be found in the Thai grocery stores so I guess I will just need to figure it out. There are very few "American" or recognizable brands and all the writing on the packaging was in Thai. While some items were easy to identify (i.e., dog food), others were pretty hard. For example, all of the laundry detergent, dishwasher soap, fabric softener and cleaning products are kept in the same aisle and it was hard to determine what was what. It was difficult to select cereals as well because the packaging did not give a clue as to what was in the box. Also, the cereals were very expensive - almost $8.00 for a small box.