Another one of my favourite days during my three week solo adventure was spent in Bangkok. During my week volunteering at Elephant Nature Park I made friends with a Thai girl called Minnie who was on a weeks holiday from Bangkok. Before I left ENP, Minnie said if I was ever in Bangkok I should drop her a message to meet up, so I took her up on her offer!
Firstly, I checked into my hotel which was called Wild Orchid Villa, not far from Khao San Road. I had my own room for approximately £20 per night.
I then met up with Minnie outside the McDonalds in Khao San Road. We boarded a local bus together, which I definitely wouldn’t of been able to do without Minnie speaking the language! We stopped for lunch at Minnie’s favourite restaurant before jumping on the MRT to Chatuchak Park where we hired a pedalo and peddled along the river.
I couldn’t believe I was still in Bangkok; Chatuchak Park was so peaceful compared to the bustling streets in the centre of the capital.
We sat in the shade in the park and got to know each other more. I was so grateful that Minnie gave up her day to show me around her city! We then decided to head to the famous Chatuchak Market. Minnie spoke to a man on a scooter in Thai and the next thing I know she’s telling me to jump on the back because the man is going to drop us off at the market for free! I didn’t think three people would fit on a scooter but we somehow managed it!
We got off at the market and explored! Minnie showed me local delicacies and had me trying mealworms and bamboo worms!
You could buy so many different animals at Chatuchak Market, which of course is very controversial and probably illegal.. From budgies to chickens to monkeys and dogs, it was sad to see them squeezed into cages.
We made our way back into the city where I said my goodbyes to Minnie and met up with Natalie and Laurel. We went out for dinner and made our way onto Khao San Road. We started our night off having the famous buckets filled with cocktails. I even tried a scorpion!
We then jumped in a tuktuk which took us to a ping pong show! The girls hadn’t been to one before and because I had seen one in Phuket, they thought I was a pro at them! The one I saw in Phuket was just off of Bangla Road in Patong Beach, but the tuktuk driver took us at least 15 minutes away from Khao San Road! I thought we was going to die! Luckily we didn’t..
The girls were off to Cambodia the next day and I was off to Koh Chang so this was our last night together!
Next stop: Koh Chang