First day in Bangkok and I took a ride down the Chao Phraya River, which winds through the city with many offshoot canals. This tour was a mixture of the beautiful and the beastly. I could see beautiful trees drooping with bananas and coconuts, but the water itself was murky and floating with a lot of refuse—plastic bottles, shoes, and all the disgusting waste that us humans are so careless to leave behind.
The houses themselves stand on stilts and it felt like I was floating by a shanty town. And then there was the lizard . . . simply enormous, and so startling to see in the middle of the city. I’m not sure what it was—I was only able to catch its tail with my camera.
My guide wasn’t able to express exactly what the creature was, but when I returned to my hosts’ in the evening they told me it was gigantic iguana and that they are very common. Apparently, Komodo dragons inhabit the park down the street, so I’m going to try and get a look at them later in the week!