Bangkok! South East Asia’s City of Angels.
I love Bangkok, I’ve been here a few times. The food is great, the people are friendly, and the shopping is pretty awesome.
I noticed that Thai school kids are always looking at their smartphones… and many of them have braces.
First thing you notice when you land in Thailand is the roaring tourist trade.
This was especially true when I visited the Grand Palace. Floods of tourists everywhere.
English is not widely spoken here, but they smile a lot.
The hotel I stayed at had no wifi in the room, so I had to run down to the lobby every time I wanted to go online.
Many of the guests were sitting on the lobby sofas checking their facebook or whatever.
This was quite inconvenient for us 21st century folk. Everyone is always glued to their screens nowadays. How can I be disconnected from the rest of the world???
When I was in the elevator, my ambiguous nationality piqued one little Chinese girl’s interest.
It’s always interesting to visit Chatuchak weekend market which sells all sorts of things from clothes to pets.
The Betta fish are as low as 20 baht (CAD 0.60)??? I don’t know how much they are in Canada but they are definitely not 60 cents.
I love Thai food, it’s one of my favourite cuisines. I visited this place called Thipsamai for pad thai.
To be honest, the pad thai was average and cost 90 baht while the orange juice was a whopping 160 baht. The pad thai at Khao San Road was better, and I mean Khao San Road restaurant in Toronto, not the actual road in Bangkok.
However they are raking money like nobody’s business, so they must be doing something right.
I also got to have my favourite Bangkok biscuit in Chinatown. The biscuit guy is obviously very well protected with his many amulets.
A great deal of my time was spent in various malls because when it’s 35°C out there you really don’t want to be anywhere without air conditioning.
I really like Tokyu department store at Mah Boon Khrong partially because they carry these amazing T-shirts by Grafika and they are literally the BEST.
I have T-shirts from here that I have been wearing for umpteen years and the quality is SUPERB. The prints are still in-tact, no cracks, NOTHING and keep in mind I wear these everyday*. The colour doesn’t run. It doesn’t shrink or warp in the washer and dryer either.
20/10 would recommend. In fact, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. A+++++.
*People may question my fashion sense. I wear these at home when I want to be comfortable lah… obviously not when I am presenting my project during final reviews.
Just kidding, I don’t actually dress like the last one and I don’t have a Pomeranian.
I’m always amused to hear of Malaysian dignitaries with exquisite taste who like to carry luxury designer bags which everybody has difficulty pronouncing (like -ahem- the Hermès Birkin Bag) and then I went ahead and bought myself a backpack and landed myself with the same issue of being unable to pronounce the brand.
Swedish or any Scandinavian friends, care to help me out? Thule… Too-lay… Too-lee….?
Basically Bangkok is amazing. I most definitely will be back.
Edit(12 Aug 2015): One of my readers sent me some information and a recipe for pad thai. Check it out if you like.