Travel and gain experience they say, well they are right. The more I travel the more I meet a whole lot of different people that I learn from each time. Having been exposed to travelling at the age of 10 I have travelled to a number of countries in Africa and that built so much desire to travel even more.
My first ever trip outside Africa was in 2007, 16 August 2007 to be precise. I remember the day like it was yesterday, who’d forget such a ‘magical’ moment from an African boy born and raised in an African middle class family. I had just turned 19 years by then and making a huge move to Malaysia to further my studies, an opportunity of a lifetime. I wasn’t sure of what to expect but I couldn’t care less because my dream to go abroad had just been fulfilled. The 4 years I spent in Malaysia made me fall in love with Asia in general hence deciding to pack my bags on the fall on 2014 to head back to the continent after 3 years of being home. December 6th 2014, I left the African soils, jetted to Thailand, where I spent a period of 10 months, how was my experience in Thailand? One word AMAZING!!!!
OK here it goes, I arrived in Thailand on December 7th 2014 excited to meet my good friend after 3 years, she on the other end never left Asia, she decided to stay behind in Malaysia instead, and she’s more Asian than me. My first visit to Thailand SAWADEE KRUP, I honestly wasn’t expecting much though since I have been in Asia before, Oh boy oh boy I was wrong. Bangkok was busy, I thought Kuala Lumpur was busy, but NO this city was on steroids, everyone seemed to be in a hurry and on the mobile phones of course, the traffic jam on the other hand was one that you wouldn’t want to be stuck in, an absolute NIGHTMARE!!
Anyways first weekend out, my girl took me to one of the rooftop bars in the heart of the city, Octave Rooftop Bar in Marriott Hotel and the view was SPECTACULAR, with that first night out I was sold, OFFICIALLY. I have done rooftop bars in Malaysia but that was one rooftop bar to write home about. I went on to see other rooftop bars like the Vertigo and Moon bar, Sofitel, Cloud 7 among others. Bangkok night life will literally Give You life, the city really transforms at night, from Royal City Avenue (RCA), a street of night clubs, Soi 2 & soi 4 specifically for the His&His so as the Hers&Hers. One other place that I really fell in love with was the Altitude Night Club the highest Night Club in Bangkok that gives you a night view you’ll remember for life, you get to see downtown Bangkok. Who can forget the most touristy street Khao San Road, bars in every corner and all sorts of street foods and cuisines to try, I tried eating a grasshopper but I only managed to lick it. LOL.
Thailand has so much to offer and see, I got a chance to see a few places around the city, the Temples along then Chao Phraya River, on my way to the Grand Palace. Apparently the place around that area that’s the old Bangkok, it’s so filled with ancient buildings.
The WAT ARUN TEMPLE famously known as the Temple of Dawn name after the Indian God of Dawn Aruna. It was built in the reign of King Narai in the mid-17th century and later extended during the reign of Rama III (between 1824 and 1851). It is located along the Chao Phraya River and it has since became one of the most visited sites in Thailand. It’s famously known for its enormous Sprang that stands more than 80 meters tall
Who travels to Bangkok and not do some shopping, that wouldn’t make any sense at all. I visited some very cool malls, like the famous Siam Square and Paragon which is among the most expensive mall in Bangkok selling nothing but designer clothes, Terminal 21 (T21) a mall with all the big ‘cities’ under one roof, from Tokyo to London, Paris to Rome.
Once again, who would go to Bangkok and not visit the famous MBK, the largest mall in Bangkok standing at eight stories high. You come to Thailand you must visit this place, there is an art gallery around the area as well. MBK alone has over 2000 shops, from fashion to technology among others.
If you aren’t fussy about shopping you wouldn’t mind picking very cool stuff randomly from markets on the streets. Bangkok has one of the largest market in Thailand, Chatuchak Market. At this market you can get literally about anything, from a pet, new fake designer underwear to a black burger and a beer, anything really, you’ll literally shop til you drop, the place is humongous and expect to get lost and head home tired. You will definitely have to check yourself in at a Thai massage shop.
In all honesty Bangkok is Amazing you’ll love this place, the food is AMAZING enjoy the rest your time there and ignore the bullshit you’ll have memorable moments. I enjoyed BKK and hoping to return one day.
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