Crazy, Chaotic and Charming Bangkok

Trip Start Nov 21, 2013
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Trip End Dec 16, 2013


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Saturday, November 23, 2013

The moment I step off the plane and inhale the warm and humid Thai air I forget all about the 28hr long journey over here. I love the heat, the smells, the humidity.... Beautiful smiles and kind eyes greet me with a "-sawadika madam", all trough the airport although it's 1am in the morning.

 My taxi driver thinks I'm crazy when I rather roll down all the windows in the car rather than using the AC, but I want to take it all in. We swoosh trough the suburbs and finally reach the city with it's crazy mix of old temples and sleek, new skyscrapers. The driver asks me the rhetorical question (that I will hear about a million times more) "-where you from madam?", I answer and he bursts out "-ahhhh Swedeeeeeeen, velly, velly good. You want hashish? Kokaina? Boyfriend? Girlfriend? I tell him that I am more interested in the Museum of Contemporary Arts and a massage at Wat Pho, than any of the typical choices and he gets the point."-ok, ok, ok I sing for you?" and so he starts to sing the most beautiful traditional Thai songs as we float trough the city. Neon lights and techno music pumping from bars along the street. It was a great ride :)

 The next morning I head out on the street in the direction of Wat Pho Temple. This is my third time here and despite my directionally challenged mind, I manage to navigate myself trough a maze of massive amounts of traffic, fruit vendors and a ton of neatly carved penises in wood that are sold all over town. This is something new. The rest is the same; t-shirts saying "same, same but different", AliBaba pants, Buddhas in all shapes and forms and nobody can leave Thailand without one of the little frogs that the ladies with the funny hats sells.

 My massage is incredible and I just about float back with a large coconut in my hand. Ahh fresh coconuts available in every corner! I see three people (foreigners of course) completely passed out on the street (time is about 4pm in the afternoon). Kind of reminds me of Vegas. The sloppiness and the idea that "what happens in Bangkok stays in Bangkok"- kind of mentality here is quite similar to sin city in the US. I feel a bit ashamed for the way people act when they come here. Of course not everyone acts that way, but majority certainly is. So many older men with way, WAY younger women by their side... What is it that makes people think they can do whatever they want just because they aren't home? 

 But there is also an amazing side of Bangkok; the food, the temples and of course, shopping. I'm now much of a shopper but I do like to eat and see temples, so there is a lot to do! This place simply is a crazy, chaotic mix of old and new, happy and upbeat with a seedy dark underbelly, and if you don't look too close into the dark alleyways, Bangkok is an incredibly charming and open-minded city. And if everyone would experience a world-class Thai massage- this World would be a better place!

Tomorrow I'll board yet another plane. This time the destination is Mandalay, Burma.
Peace, Love and Thaimassage 
~theSwedishVagabond~
 



 
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