My very good friend Nicole picked me up at 3am and drove me to Dulles for my 6am flight. I am very lucky to have a friend willing to do that for me! So I just wanted to give her a quick shout out! Love you Nicole!
As the plane took off it started to snow and I felt very lucky to be leaving town at that exact moment. It was the day after Christmas and I was sad to leave my loved ones so quickly but at the same time I was super excited about my first trip to Asia.
After 24 hours of traveling, sleeping, eating airplane TV dinners, sleeping, get off the plane, get on another plane… I arrived in Bangkok at midnight. Cleared customs quickly and found a very nice cab driver who couldn’t read so I had to read him the streets around my hostel on my little map, but we made it. He walked me to the door which was also very nice.
I wandered around the common areas of the hostel till 3 am chatting with my boyfriend online and wondering when I would feel sleepy. But I finally crashed and woke up around 9am ready to go see some historic stuff.
I got directions and a map from my front desk and immediately lost the map he gave me as I was walking down the main drag, but luckily I found the river on my own and hopped a boat to the royal palace. I met a nice couple from NYC on the boat and we sat together and laughed every time water would splash in our mouths! Icky!
I think our boat driver was trying to show us all a good time by driving super fast and splashing us but we were all super scared of getting that water in our mouths. We were dropped off at the pier by the palace and there was a very busy market with yummy thai food being cooked right there in front of us.
We were staring down a garlicy squid and decided to share one. The guy put it in a plastic bag and sliced it for us. We were pleasantly surprised to see the squid was stuffed with pork sausage! It was very yummy and I noted that I felt like I was on the Travel channel with that bald guy. Haha
They walked me to the royal palace entrance and we split up because they were going to some other temple. I pulled on my long sleeve shirt and went inside. In order to enter the temple you have to cover up out of respect.
I wandered around baking in the sun staring up at the shiny gold and mirror mosaic temples. It was very ornate and impressive, but by the end I was all toured out. I had considered walking to another temple nearby, but decided it was time for rest and I was beginning to get a headache from the sun.
I kept buying lychee water and water and trying to hydrate but the heat was getting to me. So I hired a boat to take me back towards my hostel. I had a nice private ride down the river again… this time less scary. Maybe I was just getting used to it. I would say, so far my favorite part of Bangkok is speeding up and down the river.