3 days in Bangkok is barely enough to warrant a summary of the city, so here are my 3 highlights and lowlights from a brief encounter with the city of smiles (not my phrasing although ironically I saw few smiley Thai people):
– The Food! Thai food is just so damn tasty and supersedes your local take away. Its the perfect balance between spicy, sour and creamy and can be enjoyed on the side of a street or in a glitzy restaurant. Khao San road is jam packed full of places to grab a bite to eat watch and kick back watching the weird,wonderful and kooky over an ice cold Chang. My favourite meal was at Mama Masures down Rambuttri street (off Khao San road) whose food was second to none and they played funky electro-jazz to wiggle your feet to.
– The Weather: perhaps a tad on the hot side, but we had clear blue skies and beautifully warm evenings the entire excursion. My previous visits to Thailand have always been a tad on the over cast side so April is definitely the time to come! Some of my fondest memories have been walking through the various night markets where you can buy everything from deep fried scorpion to knock-off just-about-anything!
– Song Kran: Thai new year isn’t as famous as it should be. We left our hotel room at about 4pm (after a lengthy jet lag ridden nap) and were greeted by the biggest water fight you have ever seen. Music blaring, super-soakers squirting and people squealing, it really was sensory over load. Since we were running on empty stomachs and 5 hours sleep we enjoyed Song Kran from a distance, but will be sure to return with full force next year. On our final night in Bangkok we were taking an evening wonder and stumbled upon a huge kite festival. Now I’m not sure whether this marks the end of Song Kran but it was really refreshing seeing Thai people enjoying their own culture, not just putting on a performance of drinking and Ping Pong shows to entertain us western folk.
– cockroaches at the dinner table. Now I’m not the sort of girl who squeals at the sight of all creepy crawleys, but there is one thing seeing a cockroach scuttle across the room from afar, and there’s another thing having one crawl up your skirt at dinner and bite your thigh. Still gives me the jeebies.
– having my face destroyed during a facial: having had a wonderfully relaxing massage I thought I might give a facial a go. Probably my biggest regret of 2015 so far. The woman stuck needles in my face, waxed my eye lids (literally) and nearly broke my nose. Now I look like a zitty, pre-pubescent dipstick. Awesome.
– Being ripped off: everyone knows to expect the odd scam here and there but it’s often the friendly deception which leaves your pockets empty and you scratching your head. Based on the ‘free’ advice of two nice Thai people we found ourselves paying £20 for an hour long boat ride and later finding out it’s actually£1.50. One of my biggest qualms with Thailand is that you always feel like you are being coaxed into a scam. Sadly I have become a little too cautious of friendliness and generosity because 9 times out of 10 it bites you in the ass. Having said that I thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip, it just used up all my pocket money.
So there we have it! Three highs and three lows for 3 hot days in Bangkok. I will undoubtedly be heading back again but would love to hear from anyone who has spent time outside of the Khao San bubble with things to do.