It is holiday time – where shall we go?
So I bought the tickets, meet up with hubby at OR Tambo and off we go via Doha to Bangkok to do a double take on this – see some family and see where the road leads us for the next 28 days!
As we were picked up late at night at Bangkok airport by the relatives you realize that you are in for a hot and humid couple of weeks. Luckily we packed light. Bangkok is a big sprawling city which is literally sinking away a couple of centimeters every year – or is it the sea level rising? – with a lot of bling that is constantly in your face.
As we were staying in Rangsit we set off by bus, train, taxi and a long boat to explore downtown Bangkok with a local resident. The shops are open until late at night so the city never sleeps.
On our way we passed klongs standing next to modern malls and scooters and colourful buses rubbing shoulders amongst ornate temples.
We visited multiple story malls where they sell 100 percent original fake brands ranging from clothing to electronic stuff, interesting food (although some less interesting to my appetite!) fresh fruit and flowers. Albeit a bit more expensive than the local food you will also find KFC and McDonalds here.
Actually you can eat and buy anything that your heart desires – shoppers paradise!
Be prepared to walk long distances in humid conditions as traffic is quite congested and it can take some time to reach your destination ……. AND wear proper shoes otherwise your feet look like mine!
Because hubby is an aviation enthusiast we set aside a whole day to explore the Royal Thai Air Force Museum near the Don Mueang airport. Although most of the display information is in Thai the exhibitions is of a good standard and worth a visit. Be prepared to hear no English speakers around here, but they will go on a chase to find someone on the museum grounds that can understand a wee bit of English to assist if you have a question! We really appreciated their friendliness and effort in order to help us.
One day we went to explore nearby in Rangsit and found the wake park (a first for me) where you can rent a wet suit and other gear and do some skiing – all this happening right in the middle of the urban area with a zip line on a lake! Not even the family who have been living here for 8 years knew about this place! Thanks to our Garmin GPS with the Thailand maps loaded we found and explored it.
Thailand makes for a cheap destination with safe street food from vendors in all shapes and sizes that put out their stalls every day and night. Most of the Thais do not cook at home, because vendor food is tasty and very cheap.
Thailand was never top of the wish list, but am still glad that I could add it to my travel bucket experiences.
“The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it.”