Traveling With Fido In Thailand
Touring ancient Siam with a furry friend in tow
When I told friends that I planned to travel to Thailand with my dog they thought I was crazy. “But they eat dogs out there!” one pal shrieked in horror. Two months later, on a beautiful December day, my four-legged friend and I disembarked in bustling Bangkok, my drowsy pal was greeted with a welcoming pat at immigration and then we’re whizzing in a taxi to Sukhumvit. I had been concerned that I’d have problems getting in from the airport, but it was easy to find a taxi that would take me and my small dog, as long as she traveled in her crate.
Wanting to be right at the heart of this historic city with its fascinating mix of canals and temples, historic buildings and bustling markets, we stayed at The Plaza Athenee, a sumptuous haven with glittering chandeliers and an art deco staircase just a short stroll away from the city’s main sights. You’d think dogs would be disorientated in such a big, brash city, but Greek rescue dog Mavri very quickly had the measure of the Soi (soi means street) dogs and, as long as I kept her on a leash, we had no problems ambling along sidewalks or sitting out at cafes.
Most mornings I would head out to visit gems like the fabulous 18th century Grand Palace full of beautiful architecture and intricate carvings, or the city’s exotic and chaotic Chinatown, or I would hire a boat and explore the vivid fruit and food stalls of the Damnoen Saduak floating markets. Meanwhile my pet, who found those blistering, early morning pavements a bit too painful on her paws, lounged in the air conditioned luxury of our deluxe junior suite overlooking the pool.