Y’all, these recap posts are hard. I only left Bangkok 3 days ago and I’m already forgetting what pictures go with which day. All of the Pad Thai must be killing off my brain cells. Either that or all of the happy hour cocktails. Not sure which.
I’ve been in Koh Pha Ngan for two nights and it’s lovely. There are only two other volunteers here with me which is pretty surprising, but luckily they’re both nice! We visited the school we’ll be working at for the first time today and we start teaching tomorrow… But more on that later.
For now, let’s keep our focus on Bangkok, part 2 (of 3? 4? I don’t know, stop asking me questions).
I woke up at about 9am on my second day. Thank goodness, since I didn’t fall asleep until 3:30ish am the night before.
Right after waking up, I put on my new hippie pants, which I bought for $2 (and which ripped later than day… awesome). The temples require you to be pretty covered up so anything long and lightweight is ideal in the Thailand humidity.
My first stop of the day was to Mahboonkrong (MBK) shopping center. It’s this HUGE, famous mall in Thailand. It has eight (EIGHT!) floors, all filled with food stalls, restaurants, tech stores, clothing stores, and markets. Insane. I was feeling pretty hungover so I went in search of some food. The random meat balls and whole fish just weren’t doing it for me and I’m actually a little embarrassed to tell you what I ended up eating. I’ll just whisper it…
(auntie anne’s. i got an auntie anne’s pretzel. like a mall pretzel. please don’t yell at me.)
Almost every Starbucks coffee in Bangkok was adjacent to a “Star Back Coffee.” Hahahahahahaha.
To offset the very American pretzel I ate earlier that day, I went in search of some street food after returning from the mall. I started off with a banana rotee. It’s this super thin piece of dough stuffed with egg and banana, cooked on a griddle, then topped with sweetened condensed milk and sugar. I’m not a huge fan of eggs but this was delicious. Very sweet too — I could only finish half.
I also got some noodles. Idk what the sauce was, but it was TASTY! And check out all of those green onions. Heavenly.
I eventually took a taxi over to the Golden Buddha, which happens to be the world’s largest gold statue (according to my concierge and confirmed by trusty Wikipedia). Like all of the temples, this was beautiful. An entrance ticket to the temple also gave you access to the museum on site. The museum focused on the story of the Chinese immigrants (the temple is in Chinatown).
After seeing the temple, I walked around Chinatown before trying to get a taxi home. Key word: trying. It took me SO long to find a cab willing to take me to my hotel. I was sure I’d be stranded in Chinatown forever. Close one.
Once I finally did make it home, I went to 7-11 to buy water bottles and obviously couldn’t help buying a few snacks as well.
The Monkey Chips were amazing. Super thin plantain chips with a delicious, garlicky seasoning on them. SO GOOD.
I’m not sure if these sour cream & onion breadsticks are a traditional Thai snack (hahahaha), but DAMN were they good. My body needed the carbs.
At around 5pm, I starting debating whether I should venture out for dinner or give in to my jet lag and sleep. I went with the latter. I ordered lackluster, overpriced room service, ate about 2 bites, and promptly passed out before 7pm. WAHOO PARTY GIRL!!!
Worth it though. I needed the sleep desperately.
Okay, I’ll be back soon with more Bangkok recaps and then to tell you about Koh Pha Ngan and teaching and the beach and other travels. Oh geez.