Thursday, November 27, 2014

Vagabonding: Bangkok Blues

First time I stepped foot in Bangkok was back in December 2012. I wasn't sure if my parents would allow me to travel alone with the boyfriend so I begged them for months to travel with us to Bangkok. I wanted to see more of the other Southeast Asian counties; I was tired of just staying in Singapore whenever we'd "travel the region."

Maybe just to shut me up, they agreed.

And that started my love affair with the city with the longest name ever.

As soon as I got out of the airport, I immediately knew that Bangkok was going to be one of my favorite cities. The sights, the sounds, the smell... Everything just appealed to me. There were a lot of people but I wasn't bothered one bit. Traffic was terrible but you rarely hear anyone complaining about it, let alone blast their horns to try and make everyone move out of the way. You get bombarded by so many different aromas with all the food being cooked but it just makes you want to stop by the first food stall that you see and eat to your heart's content.

Everything just blends well together and gives the city its character. Well, at least that's what I think haha.

After that short visit, I knew that I had to come back. I have yet to see a live Muay Thai fight. I have yet to explore the other tourist-y spots within Bangkok. I wanted to go back and eat at Al-Sana's again. More importantly, I wanted to see more of Thailand outside of Bangkok.

I know that it may seem romantic, but I can honestly say that I really love Bangkok and if I can, I would like to spend more than a few days there. A few months would be good!

A few months to get used to all the pretty ladies walking around who aren't really ladies. A few months to get used to blindly handing over the fate of my life to the tuk-tuk driver whenever I give up trying to walk any further. A few months to get used to haggling my way over everything in order to maximize my pocket money and not be broke in a span of a week.

Wat Benchamabophit, aka "The Marble Temple" 

 First tuk-tuk ride ever! #BuwisBuhay

We were lucky enough to witness some sort of ordination (or baka pray-over, ewan)

Gold leaf. Ang yayaman ng mga statue, pramis. 

 One more thing that I absolutely adored in BKK: Overly-friendly cats and dogs! <3

Well, I did come back, but it was only for a couple of days (My lao affair with Laos is a whole other story.)

Perhaps the year after next, I can save enough to go on an extended trip across the Indochina peninsula -- starting with Bankok, of course!

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