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First Stop Bangkok

THAILAND | Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | Views [144] | Scholarship Entry

I suppose when reflecting on my trip to Thailand I must start from the very beginning. It was my first step on the Koh Saan road that made me realise I was embarking on something I wouldn’t forget easily.
Our first stop was Bangkok. There aren’t enough exciting adjectives in the dictionary or at least in my vocabulary, to describe Bangkok. We threw our bags into the hotel room and began exploring. First step on the Koh Saan road and I didn’t even know where to look, It was blistering heat and rows of these incredible stalls that you can buy quite literally anything you want. As my friends pulled me away from buying what I believed to be a quite authentic Prada bag we ventured further to a little beauty salon. I was amazed the girls were getting manicures and pedicures for the equivalent of less than ten euro. We decided after our day of pampering we would head back to the hotel and get ready for our first big night in Bangkok. Of course this walk back was met by monsoon rainfall, but once we were safe and sound in our hotel room we began to get excited. The one thing that struck me about Bangkok is that we had no plan, seven bubbly girls, there was bound to be one of us that takes captain for the night and tells us what club we are going to and what we’re going to see, and in every other destination there was, but not Bangkok we just went out and let things take course.
So it began with an outdoor bar bringing us some Vodka and red bulls, we started chatting and after a few of these we decided, let’s go explore Bangkok!!! We strolled down the Kho Sana road hoping the adventure would come to us, we were in luck. A Thai women set up her stand of … snacks let’s just call it, and we all immediately took out our phones to take pictures. However, it didn’t stop there, as we examined the various cooked creatures on the hot stone; grasshoppers, maggots etc. my friend took out 50 baht and handed it to the woman, “Can I try the scorpion please?” presuming this was all a joke no one really gave it much attention, until Ails was crunching on what she claimed to be a “salty but tasty” scorpion. I was aware there was going to be culture shocks, we we’re over 6,000 miles from home but as we sped through the amazing Bangkok atmosphere on a tuk tuk, en route to a ping pong show (that is as much detail I can give), with Ailis digesting a scorpion … I couldn’t help but think, How did I end up here?.

Tags: 2014 Travel Writing Scholarship - Euro Roadtrip

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