The streets were busy when we landed, but nowhere near as busy as Bangkok’s usual grid lock. Scooters, tuk tuks, taxis, drivers – they fill the streets with what BBC has called the top ‘monster traffic jam around the world.’ Not that we would have noticed though; our first drive through the city felt like it never even happened. Reclined in our private transfer, the jet lag took over. In the past 24 hours of traveling we were accustomed to getting in only small naps. A disorganized sleep pattern that was necessary to travel to the other side of the world.
Just as my travel agent promised, the first day was a write-off. We walked around the corner to eat at the W hotel, then groggily shuffled back to our new home. With five hours of flight delays, two days in Bangkok turned out to be one and a half. Having us spend yesterday getting in as many sights as possible.
In one day we saw the train market, the floating market, a snake show and the Grand Palace. We had planned to see the reclining Buddha too, but by 4:00 p.m. our bodies began to shut down; feet throbbing, bodies over-heated, practically falling asleep as we walked. Yet again, we needed a nap. Coming to the realization we just couldn’t do it all, we went back to the Sathorn condo to re-energize. Still, we were determined to see more. After four hours of power napping, we dragged ourselves out of the condo and onto one of the most famous spots in Thailand. The night ended on Khao San road, partying with tourists and chatting with the locals.
Yet there was still one more thing on the bucket list that I couldn’t leave without enjoying: the rooftop pool.
We didn’t get home until 2:00 a.m., but the three hours of night’s rest gave us just enough energy to wake up and watch the Bangkok sunrise.
Since we will be back in Bangkok for one night before we begin our journey back home, this was merely a ‘see you again’. An internalization that half way across the world was a place that has furthered my desire to wander the planet. A realization that our Thailand trip has only just begun. And a confirmation that to travel is to live.
Bathing Suit – Triangl
Sunglasses – Oliver Peoples
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