I love Bangkok. It is a multifaceted city; then again most cities are. While many travellers decide to skip Bangkok, or only spend a day or two in the city, I like to stay awhile. Why? Because it is awesome, and there are still so many things I want to see/do/experience there (and share with you guys). The following is a list of experiences that I think ALL OF YOU should consider doing in Bangkok.
A walk through Bangkok’s Khao San road, the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and other touristy sites generally results in more than a couple tuk-tuk drivers touting trips to a floating market. While many will accept their offer, there are some who shy away, not wishing to visit an overcrowded market that is filled with more tourists than locals.
It all started with a Skype call with my editor at Bootsnall (a popular indie travel website that I’ve been using since 2009), a conversation about solo travel in Southeast Asia, and adventure. A conversation where I ended up suggesting an article on travelling solo, and before I realized what was happening the word ‘Myanmar’ had trickled off my tongue. I didn’t even thinking about getting my Myanmar visa.
When you’re a bigger person, in a much smaller world, things are going to be different, and sometimes they may even be hard, but that doesn’t mean you need to fear them or avoid them. Body image in Bangkok and most of Southeast Asia is vastly different than what we face at home.
Many cities seem to have double standards when it comes to locals and tourists. One group is often treated differently than the other, sometimes out of prejudice, sometimes out of necessity and sometimes—in the case of scammers—out of greed.
While flipping through some photos today I was reminded of my first adventures in Bangkok, the people I met, and one of the reasons why I fell in love with the city.
In many ways, Bangkok changed the way I travel. It was more than just another destination to me. It was in this city of disorganized chaos that I forgot about myself and put my shoes into those of another. Well, several others to be exact.
It started as an innocent train ride. I had bought my ticket the day before, which meant I ended up with a private first class cabin, as the other options were full. It was a bit pricey, but still cheaper than flying, so I booked it (yes, I could have taken a bus, but I would have never slept, and you can’t move around as much).
This evening I had the opportunity to participate in the Urban Adventures Chinatown tour in Bangkok. Can you believe that I’ve never been to Chinatown in Bangkok? It doesn’t seem natural! I’ve spent so much time in this city, yet Chinatown has eluded me! Okay, Chinatown has not eluded me, I’ve just been too busy or too lazy to go. There, I said it. We can move on now.
Ah, Chinatown and the nightmarkets. This is something I have been looking forward to.
Although I’ve shared this story briefly with some friends and travelers, I have never written about it on here (I don’t think I have, sure can’t find it…). At the time I thought that if I told the story (the whole story) I would be crucified for it. Okay, maybe not crucified, but definitely mildly shamed for it. So I more or less kept it to myself. Now that I’ve sat down to put a finger to keyboard I realize how ridiculous I was being. In fact, this may be a bigger intro than this story actually needs! Oh well, may as well go for the gusto and spin my tale.