Walking Around Bangkok

August 5, 2014

Bangkok, at first glance, looks chaotic. But once you get to know it, you realize it’s not that bad.

The city gave me a hard time. Getting lost seemed like a daily habit. It might be that I'm unquestionably poor with directions, or that my map was in Thai. Whatever it was, getting lost in Bangkok was not fun at all especially with the scorching heat.

But then, I saw these small details in the alleys, and I remembered why I chose to go for a walk, rather than conveniently take a tuk-tuk. At first glance, Bangkok looks chaotic. But once you get to know it, you realize it’s not that bad.

I approached the bottom of the train station and saw a peculiar scene. The world stopped moving and everyone was frozen. My initial thought was that there was an accident. But then I heard their national anthem in the background and figured out what occurred. It reminded me of supermarket days with my family, when our national hymn played in the speakers and like an unspoken rule, everyone stopped what they were doing to pay their respects. The same thing happened with the sound of the 3:00 PM prayer. It was as if time stopped for a fleeting second.

Feung Nakorn Dorm

The next day, I moved to a new place so I could be closer to the temples. It was my first time sleeping in a shared bedroom, and I couldn’t have picked a better place. It was perfect. Contrary to my expectations, the room was cozy, and the bathroom was well-maintained. There was a locker for my things, so I didn’t have to worry about losing them while I was asleep.

I drew circles on my map, highlighting places I wanted to go.

Zar and I made plans to meet for lunch.

It took us an hour of walking under the unforgiving sun before giving up and settling with this cafe.

The restaurant was alright despite not being our first choice. It had a quirky aesthetic plus it overlooked the Wat Arun temple.

I took a boat that crossed the river every few minutes. The ride took about 2 minutes and cost 3 baht each way.

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Going Back to Khao San

I found my way back to Khao San after an entire day of walking. With loads of options, it was hard to make a decision. I ended up in a small cafe and ordered milk tea and pasta.

Satisfied and full, always a great way to end the day.

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