Klong rides through what I didn’t remember as actually quite lonely but still temple-ridden canals. A golden altar outside a Burberry store along a major road in the center of town. Hundreds of people gathered around, lighting incense from candle flames, praying at a Buddha statue glistening in the late afternoon sun. Another small religious display amidst the neon of Nana Plaza at night, as seen through a clouded window pane. More malls than I can walk through in a week, each more modern and air conditioned than the last. Food courts lit up like rainbows. And of course Ronald McDonald himself sending me off with a “Sawasdee Krap”. For these reasons and so many more, I do love Bangkok.