Bangkok is a sensory hurricane. If you can look beyond the scorching heat and humidity and insane traffic, you'll see what all the fuss is about. Where else can you find multi-colored tuk-tuks racing past bright pink taxis, gold chedis (or stupa) piercing the skies juxtaposed with hawker carts selling toe-curlingly delicious street fare, and sleazy girly bars flanked by curious farangs (foreigners) alongside a market where one can buy items such as children's clothes and bags, fiery hot curries tamed by sweet mangoes and sticky rice.
Top: Tuk-tuk , Wat Traimit
Bottom: a spirit tree, Elephant guides in Ayuthaya
There were 6 of us, long-time girl friends travelling together as a group for the first time, and we had only 3 full days. We stayed at the Arnoma Hotel which is centrally located and within walking distance to the Sky Train. The hotel package came with hotel transfers, daily buffet breakfasts and a free half-day city tour, a really good deal!
Because we had such a short time, I drafted a flexible itinerary for the three days. I tried to include something for everyone in the plans: the shoppers, the culture vultures, the budget travellers and the fragile city slickers. We ate from the street and we ate at fashionable restaurants; we haggled in hot and crowded markets, and we browsed designer shops, we rode airconditioned taxis, and we choked on smog as we sped along on tuk-tuks, we rode on elephants and we dined on a cruise ship, we drank coconut juice with a straw and we sipped on Frapuccinos. At the end of it all everyone was happy!
I had been looking forward to this trip for so long. And I feel really blessed, as I always feel when I travel, to have had this opportunity to go and with great company too! But someday I need to come back, I am not done with Thailand, not even with Bangkok. There is still so much to see, do and taste, so much still left to discover and revel in. Maybe next year. :)
Over the next few days, I'll post about some of the things we did and of course the food we ate. Stay tuned!