Going through the photos that I took during my trip to Bangkok is making me miss the place dearly. It being my first time there, my first impression of the city is it’s vibrancy. A city that’s constantly throbbing with energy and activity. Visually vibrant as well. Filled with colours that are extremely stimulating and vitalising.
I also love how the city is filled with juxtaposing elements. I could easily capture a photo consisting of a high-rise, futuristic-looking building next to a run down old house. In the day I could be shopping in malls, at night I could be shopping in night markets by the roads. I could be having high tea in a posh cafe then find myself eating a bowl of beef noodles in an alley. The constant mismatch everywhere I go is fascinating and a little odd at first, but I adapted and grew to adore it.
For this trip, I’m extremely fortunate to be able to stay in a hotel for the first few days and with a friend for the rest of it. The hotel I stayed in was great. Clean, cheap, convenient, the staff were friendly, no complains really. However, I’ve got to say, staying at my friend’s and her family was a great decision. I got to experience life as a local. Simple, mundane things like eating where the locals do, a food stall tucked away in an alley amongst the houses. Help get groceries at the wet market where the locals do every day. Or maybe it’s the feeling of returning “home” from a long day out. To me, these experiences are the highlights of my trip, precious and invaluable.
All in all I thoroughly enjoyed my first trip to Bangkok. Already made plans to head back there! Hopefully, in time, I’ll be able to explore more of Thailand.