Thailand. I’m not even sure where to begin. While my love and loyalty will always lay with the Philippines as my favorite Asian country, Thailand comes to a very close second. The beaches, the islands, the people, the food (!!!), are all so wonderful and amazing. Not to mention, I celebrated my birthday on this trip, reunited with my best friends who have been scattered throughout the globe. I started the trip off in Bankok. Before I had left, I had heard from many people that Bangkok was a city worth spending a day or two in, not much more. They didn’t like the size of the city (13% of Thailand’s population lives in its 600 sq miles), the casualness of the thai lifestyle, the traffic (jams that rival LA), the heat, the cockroaches, etc etc. However, all of these things are of no annoyance to a New Yorker, and I found Bangkok to be a vibrant, eccentric, and buzzing city. It’s filled with beautiful and historic temples, streets lined with shops and restaurants, the most delicious street food you’ll ever eat, markets that hold any sort of knockoff item you may ever want, and it’s all dirt cheap. Did I mention that before? Bangkok, and Thailand in general, is ridiculously cheap. Like, $1 best pad thai of your life cheap. Couple that with the friendliest people in the world (they can tell you’re a tourist and approach you on the street to offer directions and sightseeing tips) and markets filled with amazing (cheap) clothing, and I am in heaven. Delicious, trendy, curry-filled heaven.
I spent only one night in Bangkok at first, since we were coming back at the end of our trip. I stayed in the Samsen Nai district in the northeast part of the city. It’s a quiet residential area, a bit away from the more touristy parts of town. The hotel I stayed at was the Baan Neung @ Aree 5, very cheap yet luxe.
It is common (and polite) to remove your shoes before entering Thai households and some establishments.