Bangkok, Thailand

March 14, 2014  •  1 Comment

My Thai journey began and ended here - right on the bustling backpackers street of Khao San Road in Bangkok. No matter how long the flight or how jet lagged you are, the lively spirit of the street is sure to wake you up. And, if your hostel is nearby, it may even keep you up all night.

Khao San Road is full of beautiful scenes such as fruit stands, colorful accessories, elephant prints, rushing tuk tuks and signs advertising foot, thai, and oil massages.

But Bangkok has even more to offer than foot rubs, pubs, and shopping. On our first full day my group and I got a canal tour and saw more of a local side. We also visited a few temples: Wat Arun and Wat Pho. The 3rd largest reclining buddha resides at Wat Pho - I can only image what the largest looks like!

Another treat of being in Bangkok was my friend Sarah-Grace, who has been teaching and living abroad in Thailand for a few months with her boyfriend. We met up and they took me to this fabulous vegan restaurant off the beaten path.

Side notes on Bangkok:

It is very popular to attend a ping-pong show. If you don't know what that is, ask someone. Not sure I'd look that one up.

On Khao San Road there are a number of insects and bugs available for purchase to consume. I did not feel quite so daring, but a few people in my group tried scorpions and cockroaches.

A meal off the street carts will cost between $1 to $3, where a sit-down meal will cost $4-$7. Beer starts at $2 and cocktails are generally $3. Splurge and go for an hour massage for $6 here in Bangkok, as they get up to $10 elsewhere in Thailand.

Shopping is also cheapest here in Bangkok, especially compared to the islands. Do make sure to haggle down the price, as you can usually get things 30-40% cheaper than what they originally quote you.


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Nataly(non-registered)
When I was shopping in the Thailand markets, me and my partner had a code. If we liked something, one of us would say "eh" and walk away. Meaning that the other would be left in a good position to negotiate the price down.
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