Jack talked Thai

Bangkok, Thailand (map)

After spending time in big cities in India and also experiencing the craziness of Kathmandu, Dustin and I had mentally prepared ourselves for our arrival into Bangkok. We knew we wanted to visit the city before heading to the beautiful beaches, but we had heard from other travelers about how Bangkok is just another large, dirty, city and you really should not stay too long there. Well, I am not sure where these folks have traveled, but we LOVED Bangkok! After the smog and trash we had recently experienced we were completely shocked at how clean Bangkok was. We could even see the moon and stars at night in the sky. Also, their mass transit alone was the cleanest I have ever been on in the world. You could practically eat off the floor it was so clean. Okay, so I am going a bit overboard because 1. Those of you who know me know I am a germaphobe and would never eat off the floor and 2. It is actually illegal to eat or drink on the Thai mass transit system 🙂

Once the initial shock wore off we thoroughly enjoyed the few days we had planned for the city. Besides having cheap mass transit (both sky train/water subway), the food was shockingly good and super inexpensive. Thankfully we were not shy to try out the local food centers where you can get a complete Thai meal for around $1. We also ventured out to what most people would call “the naughty area” of the city, we posed with the well known Reclining Buddha, and we enjoyed watching some live Muay Thai fighting at one of the largest shopping malls I personally have ever seen. For a city that has a population somewhere around 8 million, we didn’t feel crowded and in general we were impressed with the amount of green space they have.

One of the things I have learned throughout our travels is to always appreciate other people’s advice/input, but be sure to take what other travelers say about a place with a grain of salt. Everyone has their own impressions and opinions of where they have been. If you write off a place just on hearsay you may be missing out!

Enjoying our first ride on a Bangkok water bus
Enjoying our first ride on a Bangkok water bus
View of the beautiful Wat Arun Buddhist Temple from our ride along the Chao Phraya River
View of the beautiful Wat Arun Buddhist Temple from our ride along the Chao Phraya River
Welcome to Wat Pho Buddhist Temple
Welcome to Wat Pho Buddhist Temple

Intricate designs

Sitting Buddhas
Sitting Buddhas
Posing with the incredible reclining Buddha that Wat Pho Temple is known for
Posing with the incredible reclining Buddha that Wat Pho Temple is known for

Reclining Buddha

Dustin is so excited to be in Thailand!
Dustin is so excited to be in Thailand!
Bangkok Beauty
Bangkok Beauty
Dustin trying to out a Thai Dessert called Song Sahaay Hwaan Yen which is tofu pudding and grass jelly served on ice with syrup and brown sugar. We prayed the ice was safe :)
Dustin trying to out a Thai Dessert called Song Sahaay Hwaan Yen which is tofu pudding and grass jelly served on ice with syrup and brown sugar. We prayed the ice was safe 🙂
We decided to visit the "backpacker" area of Bangkok called Khaosan. I can honestly say there were no Thai people there (except workers) and only tourists
We decided to visit the “backpacker” area of Bangkok called Khaosan. I can honestly say there were no Thai people there (except workers) and only tourists
Showing thanks in the Thai culture way that we decided to stay in another area of town away from all the tourists
Showing thanks in the Thai culture way that we decided to stay in another area of town away from all the tourists
Checking out one of the large Bangkok malls, MBK Center
Checking out one of the large Bangkok malls, MBK Center
Watching our first Muay Thai fight
Watching our first Muay Thai fight
Patpong  AKA Red Light District of Bangkok
Patpong AKA Red Light District of Bangkok
Dustin decided instead of spending time in the Red Light District he'd rather take the Sky Train here... ;)
Dustin decided instead of spending time in the Red Light District he’d rather take the Sky Train here… 😉

 

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4 thoughts on “Jack talked Thai

    1. Hi Santosh,
      Glad you are following along. We are loving Thailand. We have quite a few more posts on our travels here and our time in Phi Phi will be one of them! Stay tuned 🙂

  1. Sounds like you guys really enjoyed it! I never tell people to not go somewhere… even if I didn’t like a particular destination, it has always been a good experience. Everyone was telling us to avoid Bali. Luckily, we went anyway and ended up loving the place.

    1. Hey Aaron,
      Thanks for saying hi! Yeah it is funny how other travelers can influence you on how you view a location. We actually never planned on visiting Bolivia but ended up going because others raved so much about it and we ended up loving it, so I guess opinions can be for the good too 🙂

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