I was blessed to start off 2016 in two beautiful countries one of which was Thailand. Thailand is flourishing with delicious food, kind people and so much culture!
I have to say this trip didn’t really turn out as expected. There were no elephants to befriend and there were no luxurious, tropical beaches where I could waste my days on. I guess I expected something like an Eat, Pray, Love type of scenario. Nonetheless these days spent in Bangkok were filled with experiences that I would not take back for the world.
- Thai people speak little to no English and have difficulty reading English too. You will have to play charades if you don’t know Thai. I suggest printing out addresses of the places you would like to visit written in the Thai language already. If you don’t do that, learning numbers in Thai is very helpful. The streets are in numerical order.
- All the places that tour websites and such tell you to go are actually pretty far. If you want to go to the beach or see elephants or go to the floating market you will have to take a bus or plane to get there. Plan ahead and put time and money aside for these trips if you really want to see these attractions. Most are outside of Bangkok, but there are still tons of activities you can do in the city.
- Kob Khun Ka = Thank you for women
- Kob Khun Krap = Thank you for men
- Leave some room in your luggage for presents and items you will buy in Thailand. You WILL go shopping. I suggest Chatachuk Weekend Market!
- If you are going to see the Grand Palace men must also cover up their knees and shoulders. Ladies make sure nothing is see through when covering up and that you wear loose clothing. They turned me down for a tight fitted top I was wearing.
- Breakfast in Thailand is pretty much what you would eat for lunch or dinner so get ready it will be delicious carbs all throughout your trip! Your stomach is going to be one happy camper!
- Thailand has working railway systems that can easily take you where you want to go. There are two main lines called the BTS train and the MRT. I took this everywhere and was even able to take it straight from the airport to my hotel.
Overall, Bangkok was a great learning experience for any traveler. The people are so warm and friendly. They will surely try to help you even if you cannot understand one another. It was fun trying to figure out things for myself in a country I’ve never been to and it was rewarding once I accomplished my goal.
There were a few other things that I experienced while I was in Thailand that really took me out of my comfort zone. However, I will save those details for another post. For now, keep dreaming about places you would like to visit and keep working towards that goal for your wanderlust hearts will truly be fulfilled once you arrive to your destination.
“We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” – Hilaire Beloc