I don’t think any Korean soup could cure this.
I still can’t believe it has been over two months now since the day I inhaled Thailand air. It has been over two months since I realized there is a country, aside from South Korea, that will get me addicted to its fashion, to its landscapes and its people, not to mention I’m not such a huge fan of the country before coming!
In retrospect, Bangkok will get your nerves craving for more than what meets the eye. It’s a country you need to widely open your eyes on, observing keenly its every move or you might just miss a wonderful moment it’ll create out of whim. You have to make sure you had enough rest before taking on another day’s great adventure simply because all your senses must be able to fill itself with Bangkok, Thailand’s beauty to feel the country and be satisfied upon riding your plane back home.
We rented this hostel called KC Place Hostel (featured photo) and the location wouldn’t have been better. It’s strategically placed near the Ratchaprarop station which gives us easy access to almost every place we planned to go. Outside KC Place is a quaint neighborhood: a few food stalls, an international school which gave us an idea how students dress themselves in Bangkok, and a local convenient store that sells buns for almost Php5 only!
The area feels very removed from all the chaos once you step outside the street. The Pratunam market place is very near and viewable through our room’s veranda but it almost doesn’t exist when you’re wandering in the hostel’s street. The hustle and bustle starts when you’re about to cross the street to the market and the train station.
For someone who comes from a country with an awful transportation system, this is what I appreciate the most whenever I visit a different country.
Locals are very much like the Filipino people: accommodating and very helpful, also eager to try out the English they know although I think Filipinos are better at the language. But hospitality and generosity is where both come to a draw. Like this time where we were on the lookout for a breakfast place on our second day. They’re pretty much the same with Filipinos when it comes to smiling all the time even to strangers.
We did a lot of walking to and from our hostel and the Ratchaprarop train station and of all the things I’ll never forget when we do is the aromatic smell of beef boiling with tons of herbs being mixed into it and food you’ve never known but craving. It’s all your favorite food combined and on our second day, Jann and I decided it’s time we tried it! And up to this day, I still can’t find a Thai restaurant here that serves the beef soup better than this local hole in the wall!
Just like any other human being, one might be mesmerized by the night lights and caught gasping as you walk along the roads of Platinum mall or just about anywhere there’s a night market which is almost everywhere. Bangkok night lights are not a joke: they’re blazing with life, and the city turns itself into another place, almost as if donning a new outfit as the sun goes down.
It’s almost a given that weekend markets are #1 priority (okay, maybe after the temples) when one visits Bangkok — this is where you see a mix of the locals and tourists and it’s almost like a magnet to everyone. Maybe because night markets have everything: unique gifts for everyone back home, your next fashion piece, plants, good food and a mix of drinks you’ll never forget.
One could easily miss writing down Bangkok, Thailand in one’s bucket list and I won’t lie: even I did. It’s easy to brush aside countries/cities that don’t drop to -2 degrees in temperature because I’m tired of ruthlessly fire weather. Luckily I was able to take in this place uncannily similar to where I came from only a thousand times better.
If you’re Filipino, you could easily be mistaken as a Thai local – there were countless times they talked to us in their native language assuming we could understand it and we had to talk in English for them to realize we sadly are not one of them. High chance it’s because of the facial features which we share similarities in.
Thailand turns a person into another human being while visiting: for someone who isn’t fond of temples, you’d surely enjoy the unique way of structure construction and realize religion simply is something of personal preference. You’d find yourself barely holding the pain your legs are feeling after hours of walking but exhilarated as you jump into bed because you know it was another day of memorable adventure.