Walking Around Bangkok

05 Aug 2014
Walking Around Bangkok

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

The city gave me a hard time. Getting lost seemed like a daily habit. Getting lost in Bangkok was not fun at all especially with the scorching heat.

plants in rooftop

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.

building red balloon
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photo of thailand's king

I approached the bottom of the train station and saw a peculiar scene. The world stopped moving and everyone was frozen. My first thought was that there was an accident. But then I heard their national anthem play in the background and realized what was happening. It reminded me of times when my family went to the supermarket and our national anthem played in the speakers. With an unspoken rule, everyone stopped what they were doing to pay their respects.

train station

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 room, 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.

Feung Nakorn Dorm
map of bangkok

I drew circles on my map of places I wanted to go.

bodega vibes
temple temple
textured wall

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.

shakes pizza
lunch with zar

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

Wat Arun temple
port where you take a boat to get to the temples

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

streets of Bangkok
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn)

Wat Arun design
doors
climbing the steep stairs
the climb down is scarier
ceiling prints
woman sleeping inside temple
graves
cat sculpture

Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha)

Touching Buddhas's belly for good luck
paintings on the wall
entrance to Wat Pho
reclining buddha head paintings on the wall
narrow hallway
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monk and pigeons
Tuktuk ride to khao san

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.

thai ice tea pasta meal

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

crowded khao san