Posts tagged BANGKOK
Posts tagged BANGKOK
I think that sums up Thailand…or my experience with it.
Only having traveled through Bangkok and the southern-western Andaman Sea and Gulf side islands, I can say Thailand succeeded in pleasing my desires for food, surf, and fun.
The beach side towns were lovely.
I got to do some of the most AMAZING scuba diving! Didn’t get to see the whale sharks I was hoping for though.
Found quaint little corners and colorful alleys.
Beat the Bangkok heat by taking the river boat down and back.
And met some amazing people who make this whole traveling thing so.much.fun.
I’ve come back to Bangkok in order to hit the other side of the Gulf and make my way into Cambodia. I’m taking a few days here to sort myself and decided to stay in the Khao San area this time around as it’s where my bus dropped me when I arrived the other night. At first I wasn’t so keen on staying in this party central, but it hasn’t been so bad. I’ve got a pool at my hotel and great food at my finger tips and ubiquitous shopping and great people watching.
Yesterday as I stopped for a juice and a snack, I sat next to these guys who had Khao San all figured out. They planned to sit and drink beer as all the hawkers come to them. So they get their shopping done without ever having to move, and while getting increasingly drunk. Watching them was so so entertaining. They bought the most ridiculous crap and flirted with the Thai girls and women like pros.
Then we met lil Tao. A spitting image of his mother, this 12 year old was learning the trade quite well. His cute little face made it so easy to accept his ridiculous prices. I bought a few toys from him to give out to children in Cambodia.
And this lady loved me and kept coming around trying to get me to buy this ridiculous hat. Message me if you want one. I’m only here for one more day.
I don’t know where the time has gone. Justy and Nicole have come and gone and it all seemed to go way too quickly. It was so wonderfully wonderful though. In their short time here we crushed a good bit of beaches, islands, curries, and monkeys.
First we met in Bangkok. We made it around to a few sights.
We saw Wat Pho-the largest reclining Buddha (in Thailand).
The Grand Palace where we caught some soldiers in some colorful hats sweltering in the heat.
We took a tuk-tuk through China Town.
And had a night out on the famous Khao San road where we may have had a few beers.
Where we met up with this incredibly crass, incredibly funny Brit I met in Myanmar called Henry.
And, where Nicole ATE SCORPIONS!
Then we headed south to hit islands.
We played with monkeys.
It was so nice to have them here. I wish they could have stayed longer. I know they’ll have a million more stories for you :)
This post will seem to be out of order as I’ve queued more about Myanmar to come out in the coming days…But, I’ve made it to Bangkok.
This city is way different than I expected. Bigger, dirtier, louder, ‘meh’-ier (I think Myanmar spoiled me). Maps are clearly not to scale as I’ve walked a bazillion miles in the one day I’ve been here and feel like I didn’t cover any ground at all.
And it’s H-O-T!
But, it’s amazingly cheap. I opted for a bit of street food last night when I arrived and spent $1 on some decent pad thai and a Sprite. Today, I got a tuk-tuk to take me all over town for less than $2 (well, half over town). And, tonight I bought me some hippie pants for $5 a pop.
(Because I need more. Just this morning I sent home ANOTHER box off at the post because I am lugging too much stuff —-Mom, be on the look out? I think I have about 7 coming your way now from all over the place?)
Anyway, I super glued my fingers together trying to fix a shoe so no pictures right now.
More updates to come…you know why? JUSTY and NICOLE are on their way!