Bangkok is a huge and bustling city! There always seems to be something going on. I was lucky enough to be able to stay with a family member of my freind Margaret, whom I will be traveling with for 2 weeks. I arrived a day earlier than her giving me some extra time to catch up on sleep. After my 24 hour + trip it was much needed (11hr flight from SFO to Tokyo, 7hr flight from Tokyo to Singapore, 7hr layover in Singapore and a 2hr flight to banggkok), although, the house was unbearably hot when I arrived! I mean like dripping sweat 2 minutes after I walked in (I’m from California… Not used to 90 degrees + extreme humidity ugh). I just thought that maybe it wasn’t the fanciest and she didnt have aircon…. nope, I’m just an idiot and couldn’t find the switch… whoops. Second night was much better… I wasn’t sweating my life out. The place was not luxury by any means, it’s down a small allyway and doesn’t have many amenities us westerners are used to. It has a standard Thai kitchen which dooesnt include a stove (rice cooker and hot plate are the norm) or a sink. It’s in a nicer neighborhood of Bangkok, surrounded by new hotels and enormous upscale shopping malls but, even with all that, I was still able to get a feel for what life in Bangkok might look like. There are countless numbers of street vendors selling things like fresh fruit and cooking rice dishes. I have come too learn that, for the most part, Thai people tend to eat out a restaurants or from street vendorsbecause it’s cheaper and more convenient than cooking in their small, ill-equipt, kitchens. It clearly doesn’t botther them that the streets smell horrible most of the time, there are millions of cars passing by literally right next to where the food is sitting out and cooking and there are people constantly walking by. I, on the other hand, decided not too risk it… although everything I read prior to coming too Thailand said it was perfectly safe. I know my sensitive stomach wouldn’t be happy with me.
We did a lot of walking, took a water taxi, went to the famous Jim Thompson House (where I spent way to much on a gorgeous silk scarf…. so worth it though) and had delicious meals. Overall, Bangkok was good to us!