During summer break in Dubai I went on a fantastic trip to Thailand. The first leg was just me and my Mum and sister. We spent three days in Bangkok. We stayed in a luxurious suite at the Hansar hotel which is pretty central to everything and our favourite hotel in Bangkok (not a sponsored post!! But it should be!)
Bangkok Bike Tour:
During our time in Bangkok we decided to take a half day bike tour. The trip took winding passages though the old towns of Bangkok, really making us have a grasp on the beautiful, ancient culture that still thrives there. We got to see parts of Bangkok that we haven’t seen in all the visits that we have made there.
We visited the Muslim part of Thailand that I didn’t even know existed and the children were singing and playing energetically on the narrow path. As the streets got smaller, the harder it was to steer our bikes without running into the walls. . In the Chinese part of Bangkok, the path was close to impossible to ride down. The tour guide stopped and all of these cute little kittens came out and stumbled around our feet. One of these little kittens had two different coloured eyes and I was itching to take her home with me. We walked our bikes a little further and there was this very old house that was crushed down by tree roots. The whole scene was like something out of a Tim Burton movie. Truly incredible.
We rode some more and had a little five minute break and got some fried bananas. I was a little low in sugar at the time because of all the bike riding we did so I could eat without worrying about insulin. It tasted just like fried ice cream. To make the scene even more interesting was that the stop was at a temple sight with live crocodiles in a pen. It was one of those moments where you would think ‘Only in Thailand’.
One of the harder things to do is to cross the river on the ferry with a bike as it is very unstable. You have to be very careful, but it was fun. On the other side of the river were the bustling markets and we entered another temple. This temple had been around many years and the wooden structure started to lean when they went to repair it they found all of these golden Buddhas inside. This was also where we did some fortune telling. You have to shake a wooden cup filled with numbered sticks in front of the Buddha and the first stick that falls will be your fortune on a corresponding paper. Everyone but me got a good one saying they were going to have fantastic lives. Mine said I would die alone and if I entered into a relationship I would only get hurt. I was a little bit bummed out.
That feeling was short lived as we entered the Portugese part of Thailand. Again, I didn’t even know that parts like this existed. We were all sweating from the heat when we entered the Portugese bakery. This bakery makes these famous sugar cookies that people would buy batches of fifty at a time. We were lucky and got there just as a batch was finishing cooking and got to taste the cookie fresh. Unfortunately I couldn’t have one as it had too much sugar in it, but I did see the wonderful cooking method it went through. The oven for this cookie is a hot stone which is the old original way. I was happy that I could see this process as it gave me ideas of other ways of cooking things.
The next stop was the turtles that can make you live a long life – or at least that’s what Thai people say. We bought some banana and fed the turtles. If they accept your food you will live longer. The turtles were fat and cute, munching on every little piece we gave. When we ran out this nice Thai family gave us some of their food and it just shows how nice some people can be.
Unfortunately, all good things come to an end and the bike tour was over. It was a very memorable day, we all agreed while walking away sweaty from the heat, looking for the nearest restaurant to eat away the exercise.
The next best thing to do in Bangkok is clothes shopping. We walked all around Bangkok and got bits and pieces from everywhere. As we were walking around the main shopping street of Bangkok we saw a bunch of teenage girls huddled in front of the mall with signs of a famous k-pop band. It reminded me of some people from school that listen to K-pop. They were all wearing really funky k-pop clothes and looked super cool.
In previous times when we have been in Bangkok, we have always gone to eat at our favourite Chinese restaurant with amazing food right across from our hotel. When we went to go there this time we tried to walk there but the narrow path that we used to go down and the whole neighbourhood was blocked with construction. We were curious and decided we should find another way around. We really wanted that Chinese food! The next option was taking a tuk-tuk. We found one and it was taking ages to go around the long way to get to our restaurant. What used to be a ten minute walk had become a 50 minute tuk-tuk ride! Half way there it started to rain and not just a light sprinkle. No, it was heavy, fat drops of water falling rapidly and we were all getting wet. To top it off, we were stuck in a traffic jam. When we finally got on to the street where the restaurant was… we couldn’t find it. It had all been knocked down to make way for a huge apartment building. Progress in Bangkok! What made it worse was that our tuk-tuk driver kicked us out and we were standing in the cold rain getting soaked. We were heart broken. We stood there in the rain, hungry, cold, and soaked. Eventually we found our way to the closest restaurant and dried off with napkins from the staff in there. The food there ended up being really nice and we ended the night laughing and saying we had a good story to tell Dad when we got to see him again. The walk home took less than half the time it took us to get there in the tuk-tuk!!