i’ve been trying to write this
from many places
— while walking sidewalks brimming with food vendors
— crossing a busy street, clutching dw’s hand tight
— from cramped airplane seats, recycled air pressed down on me
— early morning thoughts while combating jetlag
— dreary late night musings, preparing for reality
there is a heat in bangkok
that seizes you
it gets caught mid-breath
and you’re left gasping
for some it’s oppressive
i don’t mind the heat,
or the slick tendrils of hair at my temple
or the pit stains
i’m 16 again
wearing slippers, dusty toed
and ignoring hawkers as they
implore & vie for my attention
i’m caught up in the magic
of wandering a foreign city with my love
never mind the blisters on
the stink i’m sure i’m emitting
all i know is
i am in love with everything:
the heavy air
even the lack of soy milk for my coffee
and i am dreaming of our next adventure
bangkok information and resources:
i’m sorry, i won’t be able to highlight every place we went to, i don’t remember & most places were on a whim
accommodations: 1 bedroom condo we found on airbnb. we kept the place even when we went to chiang mai for a long weekend.
dining: no lie, i think we had khao man gai 7-8 times. i asked the landlord for recommendations and then i asked shesimmers, and if i saw a joint that had it, we’d stop for it. i’ll list just the two leela endorsed cus they were gooooood. Khao Man Gai Monkhon Wattana (ข้าวมันไก่มงคลวัฒนา) and Khao Man Gai Heng Heng (ข้าวมันไก่เฮงเฮง). if you really want to know more about those places, email me & i’ll send you the info.
urban kitchen: we met up with dw’s cousin and he took us to this great cafe. i’m now obsessed with bruised cucumber salad and drunken chicken. i will eventually recreate that meal
Methavalai Sorndaeng: dw’s parents visited thailand after their stint in india with the peace corps. they dined at this restaurant, so we did too!
shopping: we hit up most of the shopping malls, whole sale and retail, and bazaars. i could not tell you where i bought the cutest tea cup set, cus i don’t know, and cus it was by luck. i did hit up all these and the weekend market
sights: the grand palace, adhere to the dress code
next: our chiang mai leg, specifically, walking with the elephants!
18 thoughts on “travel | bangkok, thailand 2014”
I have several of the pictures of the palace in my 1970 cache! Everything looks nicer and freshly painted in yours!
dw showed me! while we were there, it looked like they were sprucing things up even more…
I was wondering where you went Lan, sounds like a magical trip:) Beautiful pics!
hi Cheri, thank you!
LOVED following along with this on your IG! So fun!
i thoroughly enjoyed your pics from the trip. im glad you guys are back after travel delays and such…
so amazing. what a dream trip! I like the way you wrote about it, too.
Looks like you had an incredible time! Seeing your pictures brought back some wonderful memories!
hi jessie, thank you so much. i hoe you blog about your memories!
Your post makes me smile. Oh how I love when someone likes my country. 🙂
Bangkok especially, The Grand Palace are always fascinating me! I love their culture and they’re history! Great photos!