Okay— it has taken me so long to write this post. It’s already been like three weeks since I got back but here I am staring at a blank page trying to get myself to write something. I don’t know why it’s so hard to get my words flowing. I guess that maybe writing this post makes me realize my trip is over and that makes me sad because I miss my friends in Bangkok way too much already!
Each time I visit Bangkok I experience something new. It’s just such a big city! And each time I visit, I have a new perspective. Every trip is so special in its own way. So instead of a fancy eloquent post, I wanted to keep it simple and share some highlights. Not too filtered, not too edited. Just some favorite things I don’t want to forget.
Khao man gai! There is a particular street vendor I always go to near my friends Mike and Kay’s nonprofit. It’s so nostalgic because my team used to eat there all the time when I interned and I go back every trip!
Morning lattes with Kay at the Beautiful Creations Cafe. The nonprofit Mike and Kay started helps women who are leaving the sex industry learn new job skills (sewing, making jewelry, baking, cooking, painting, calligraphy, childcare, barista training… really anything they’re interested in!). Part of their ministry is the cafe and Kay and I have standing orders for lattes each morning.
The Hass Bistro. In case you needed some good news today, you should know that there is literally a restaurant dedicated to avocados. Everything on the menu. Avocados. Also, their branding is amazing so the little marketing nerd in me was in heaven.
Broccoli Revolution. My friend Abby and I also went to this trendy, lovely spot called Broccoli Revolution and I had a charcoal veggie burger and taro fries and it was amazing. Abby and I met for the first time 3 years ago at Samaritan Creations when we volunteered as a team — we’ve been long distance bffs and it was so fun to reunite in the same spot where we met!
All the street food! O em gee. Thailand is filled with street vendors and markets and everything is simply amazing.
Ok so believe it or not, this was my first time visiting a floating market! It is just as amazing as the photos! It was like Venice in Bangkok. Abby and I woke up at like 5am so we’d be the first ones there and it was so empty when we first arrived. We had a boat tour and were like “I want that! I want that!” so we ended up eating soooo much for breakfast (including our fave coconut ice cream).
Umbrella market! This market is along train tracks at a working train station and at 11:09 all of the shopkeepers swept up their things and closed their shops, waited for the train to pass, and then set up again after it went by. So cool.
Lumpini Park. This park is known for its giant monitor lizards! I posed for a photo by this tree and then one came crawling out of the water to say hi to us.
Ok it might sound weird that this was one of my favorite “sights” but Bangkok is the land of malls and they were all decked out for the holidays and it was delightful. Also we stumbled upon a Pet-a-Porter event at EmQuartier mall and I saw a woman who had a matching Louis Vuitton outfit with her little dog and it was like Elle Woods IRL.
I keep a little notebook with me when I travel so I can jot down memories I don’t want to forget, and here are a few. :)
Abby crying (happy tears!) as we walked into Samaritan Creations. It was her first time back and they’re grown so much since the last time we were there together! They just finished a big renovation since the organization is growing (new coffee shop, industrial kitchen, amazing interior design, etc!) in the fall and it was my first time seeing it in person, too.
In general, seeing how much the ministry has grown and evolved! I got to sit in on a trauma group counseling training and it was really great. As you all know, I’m a big advocate of therapy and I actually just finished a trauma group myself so it was really cool to see this initiative growing.
Random moment but I got cash out of an ATM before the umbrella market, and a full 40 minutes later was sipping my coffee feeling like I was forgetting something. IT WAS MY DEBIT CARD. I just left it in the ATM. I was thinking I’d have to cancel it but went back to check just in case and someone has turned it in to the bank who was holding it for me. :) I love this story because it’s so typical Thailand in my experience— people being ridiculously kind. Everyone always asks me if Bangkok is safe and I’m going to start sharing this story.
Other favorite moments were the everything things! Making apple pie, making paper airplanes with the kids, going to the movies, meeting all of the new (amazing!) volunteers, just catching up and spending time together. Ugh, I miss it already!
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I write mostly about the places I visit and the people I meet. I love to write for the same reason I love to travel: because it teaches me a new way of seeing the world.
Other things I love: thrift shopping, sustainable fashion, big sunglasses, deep conversation, a good book, digital marketing, messy hair, planes, poetry, hot tea + long distance running.
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