3 years ago, on a different adventure, I was travelling around South East Asia and met my current boyfriend on my second day in. Fast forward 2 years and we were about to embark on a year long trip together.
We were heading to Australia, but decided on a 2 week layover in Bangkok, Thailand to ease the jet lag and also reminisce about how we first met there.
We had picked a hostel near Ko San Road, a backpacker area with a party atmosphere in central Bangkok.
If it is your first time in Bangkok, I would get a map and mark all the places you want to visit. It is a large city and can take a while to travel through, especially if you are travelling on a tuk-tuk or taxi in rush hour! The easiest way (and also one of the cheapest) to get around is to use the Bangkok Mass Transit System also known as BTS which is an overground train that runs across the city.
The first time I visited Bangkok, I spent a lot of time darting from one temple to another. That meant that the second time round I had more time to go back to my favourite places such as the Chatuchat Weekend Market. It is easily accessible by the BTS and with over 8000 stalls, you can find a bargain for everyone!
The street food in Thailand is delicious and cheap. That meant that I ate most of my meals from street stalls, sampling the delights of Pad Thai, vegetarian Spring Rolls and Red Thai Curry. A lot of these stalls would pop up in the night, perched on a street corner with small tables and low stools scattered around them, appealing to a mixture of backpackers and locals alike.
Thailand, over the last few years has become a more popular tourist destination, as seen by the influx of tourists to the country. As mentioned, we were staying near the infamous Ko San road and decided to take a walk down the street at night time for a couple of local beers. Gone were the stalls selling elephant pants, Havana flip-flops and custom suits, instead clubs over spilled onto the street with the music pumping loud from all angles. I purchased a bucket, which was filled with Thai Rum, Coke and Red Bull, a lethal blend designed to get you drunk! These would cost between 250 -700 baht (£5-14) depending on the type of alcohol you wanted in them.
Needless to say, the night was messy, but a lot of fun. Thailand has a soft spot in my heart because it is where I met my boyfriend. However, Thailand is such a beautiful country with its diverse landscape, incredible culture and amazing food, that I can go back time and time again.
Author: Siân De Lara – Navigation the Globe
About: 26 year old welsh girl who loves nothing more than another passport stamp. Recently returned from a year travelling the world, I am now hibernating in Scotland saving for my next adventure!