After countless hours researching, booking, looking at destination photos, and nearly a year’s worth of planning – it was finally here.
WE WERE GOING TO THAILAND FOR 10 DAYS!!
It would be Meg’s first trip to Asia, and a new country for Jerry. Words cannot begin to describe our excitement for this trip! It had been far too long since we had fled the country. First stop: Bangkok!
As excited as we were to get our trip underway, we were a little nervous about the 16 hour first leg of our flight to the destination. Turns out, if you time it right, this wasn’t so bad. Our strategy was just to stay up as late as possible on the plane and then sleep for the later part of the flight. The idea here is that we would be tricking our bodies into an opposite sleep schedule. Truthfully, it kind of worked! After about 7-8 hours of plane sleep, we awoke to 4 hours left in the flight – not too shabby!
Once we navigated our way out of the airport, we grabbed a cab to our hotel in an area of Bangkok called Sukhumvit. Our room wasn’t quite ready yet, but the bellhop was nice enough to hold our bags while we went out to explore.
One of our friends had given us a tip to go explore and eat in the malls – which at first, sounds a bit unusual. She had advised that because most working class people in Thailand don’t have air conditioning at their jobs, they come to the malls for a solid mid-day meal and to beat the smoldering muggy heat. Thailand malls are quite different than American style malls. These malls are gargantuan, spanning 8-10 floors tall, and each floor with several winding storefront labyrinths. The shops, for the most part, are very small and boutique, specializing in a few types of items. It would be quite easy to get lost on a floor for hours. Craving some noodles, we popped into a restaurant for our first official sit down meal of the trip.
It was time to begin our first night out on the town! We kicked off the evening with a few drinks at a rooftop bar (which is apparently a very popular shtick in Bangkok). The view was absolutely stunning- this city definitely feels much larger (space-wise), compared to LA. The skyscrapers go on as far as the eye can see, each cluster of buildings creating their own mini skyline.
We made our way to Chinatown – a total food destination for Bangkok travelers. It did not disappoint. One street cart after another, we grazed our way along the busy streets. Among our eats were egg rolls, various meat kabobs, sweet tacos, and of course, some dank noodles. We even got our hands on some durian. Heard of it? It’s known as one of the most foul smelling foods on Earth; some have described it to taste like rotting meat or old gym socks. Let’s just say – our whole group tried it and none of us cared for it. 🙂 Over the course of our stay in Thailand, it became a running joke to see “NO DURIAN” signs posted in various hotels, shops, and restaurants.
Once our bellies were full and happy, we decided to hit one last rooftop bar before heading home for the night. It was pretty rad to have access to so many unique city viewpoints. Day one of Thailand was in the books, and we had hit the ground running with some memorable exploring!