One night in Bangkok

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View from the apartment I stayed at my first few nights in Bangkok

The week before and Day 1 – First Impressions of Bangkok.

 

The first thing many Americans will notice as they plan their trip to Thailand is that almost all airline tickets they can buy will have them arriving in Bangkok around 1am.  This can be highly annoying, as the first thing you are least likely to want to do in a foreign land where you don’t speak the language after spending 24 hours crammed into a tiny airplane seat next to a crying baby is to bargain shop for a reasonably priced hotel room.

View from the apartment I stayed at my first few nights in Bangkok
  To make this whole experience easier, I searched Travbuddy for members that lived in Bangkok, and messaged random people for advice on where to stay and how to get there.  I sent out about 10 messages and got back a good number of responses.  One of the people I contacted on the site actually rented out her apartment as a guest house and offered to meet me at the airport so I wouldn’t even have to think about how to get around.  I took this very attractive offer and am very glad I did, as Bangkok IS F’ING HUGE and there is absolutely no way I’d know if a cab driver was going where I actually wanted to go or if he was driving around in circles to run up the meter.  I will happily recommend the place I stayed at if anyone is interested.  It certainly wasn’t the cheapest option (cheapest option is probably to hop in a cab and say “Khao San Road” and then pick any one of the many many guesthouses located there, but as I will discuss later, I think Khao San road is one of the deepest pits of travelers hell, and would stay away from it if at all possible) but it was damn nice to not have to worry about a thing after all that time on the plane, and the apartment was extremely comfortable and very close to the Skytrain, which is a great thing to be near in Bangkok.
View from the apartment I stayed at my first few nights in Bangkok
  More on that later.

            After getting a decent nights sleep I faced the daunting task of occupying myself for about 48 hours before I was supposed to meet up with my teacher training company.  Jeab, the girl who lived in the apartment I was staying in, took me down to the street market nearby and guided me through the maze-like series of stalls and carts selling everything and anything one could imagine.  I experienced complete sensory overload and I loved it.  People chirping in a strange language, smoke rising off of tiny charcoal grills, the aroma of chicken, pork, fish, beef, eggs, vegetables grilling, animals milling about, flies landing and being shooed away, colorful fabrics and clothing, imitation everything, people riding noisy scooters through tiny passageways I could barely walk through; it was a lot to take at once, but it felt great to be in an unfamiliar place.

  I had so much to learn – how to shop, how to say numbers, what prices were fair, the best places to get each type of thing I wanted, etc.  When I think back on it now, I was a complete idiot fumbling around clueless, but somehow I made it through, and actually did pretty good for not knowing a goddamn thing.  Being in similar situations in other countries is a big help for getting by here, as many of the same rules apply, even though the specifics are different.    

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