I stayed at the Wild Orchard Villa for two nights, costing approximately £20 per night. The hotel was not far from Khao San Road, and the rooms were a little on the small side but clean and comfortable.
During my week volunteering at Elephant Nature Park, I made friends with a Thai girl called Minnie who was on a week’s holiday from Bangkok. Before I left ENP, Minnie said that if I was ever in Bangkok I should drop her a message to meet up, so I took her up on that offer!
We met up in Khao San Road and took a local bus to Minnie’s favourite restaurant for lunch. We then took the MRT to Chatuchak Park where we hired a pedalo and peddled along the river.
It was hard to believe that I was still in Bangkok; Chatuchak Park was so peaceful and green compared to the bustling streets back in the city centre.
We then headed to Chatuchak Market. Minnie spoke to a random man riding a scooter, and the next thing I know we’re jumping on the back of his scooter because he was dropping us off at the market for free! I didn’t think the three of us would fit on it, but we did.
Minnie showed me the local delicacies and had me trying meal worms and bamboo worms!
The market sold almost anything, including animals. From from budgies to monkeys and dogs, it was sad to see them squeezed into small cages.
We made our way back to the city, where I said my goodbyes to Minnie and met up with my friends Natalie and Laurel. I was really grateful that Minnie had given up her day to show me around and we’d had such a good day together. It was nice getting to know her more too.
Natalie, Laurel and I had dinner and made our way to Khao San Road where we started the night off drinking buckets of cocktails and attempting to try barbecued scorpion!
We then jumped in a tuk tuk which took us to a ping pong show! The girls hadn’t been to one before and because I’d seen one in Phuket the previous year, they thought I was a pro at them?! The one I saw in Phuket was just off a side road along Bangla Road in Patong, but this one took us at least a 15 minute tuk tuk journey away from Khao San Road – I thought we were going to die, but we thankfully survived!
Next up: Koh Chang