Thailand was as amazing as I had been dreaming. My expectations were going through the roof and this “little” paradise definitely delivered.
I don’t remember having such a cultural clash as I experienced here. Every little detail is completely different and new. There’s a typical smell in the air made up of food being cooked on the streets, way too many cars stuck in traffic jams and everything the city has to offer. I could not be more out of my comfort zone or happier to be there.
Bangkok was as chaotic and exhilarating as you’d think. Some of the tallest buildings make for a busy city and a breathtaking view at night.
A mandatory stop were the temples.
The amount of detail and colors, people speaking way too loud with a few prayers heard here and there, together with the typical smell, fill your senses entirely. And the heat! So so hot, it was a task in itself to move in such humidity, bottles of water were always in hand. We went to the Gran Palace and Wat Pho and I had to respect the dress code, which made for a simple black long dress and a salmon loose jacket to cover the shoulders as well. I also wanted to go inside the temples which meant I had to take my shoes off so I wore some sandals which were easy to take off.
We also got to see the biggest lying Buddha which is an extraordinary piece.
After the temples, that took all morning and still felt unfinished with several different secrets left, we went to the Backpackers street which is the coolest. Lots of little stores with pretty much everything you can imagine. (Also, cheapest things and food!)
At this point we were absolutely shattered so we just went back to the hotel and dived into the pool, only to be kicked out an hour latter because of the storm that came. Did I mentioned it was rainy season?
The next couples of days were spent between the beach, towel, pool and repeat.
We also went to the little village near the hotel but that was mostly for eating purposes.
And this ends our amazing trip this year. I’m so so grateful for having this kind of opportunities and this was one of those eye opening ones when it comes to my reality and what I take for granted.