One of my favorite parts of being based in Cambodia is that I can jet off to amazing Southeast Asian destinations on a whim. So when Aaron and I found out that one of our very favorite college friends was going to be in Bangkok on business we immediately booked two plane tickets to Thailand.
I’m not typically a fan of taking quick trips. But seriously when you have the chance to hang out with an old friend in one of Southeast Asia’s greatest cities, you take it. So last Friday I found myself traveling to Bangkok for a whirlwind 48-hour trip.
We really didn’t have anything on our agenda aside from catching up with a friend whom we hadn’t had the opportunity to see in nearly five years. We didn’t do much, but we had an absolute blast doing it. And all I can say is that after nearly two years since my last visit to the city, it was good to be back.
Since I first traveled to Southeast Asia in 2006, I’ve pretty much always used Bangkok as a gateway to the region. Bangkok is the very first city I ever visited in Southeast Asia. And for that reason it will always hold a special place in my heart, even if it does give me food poisoning from time to time. I’ve now traveled to Bangkok about a dozen times for one reason or another. Even still, whenever I touch down in that city I’m always filled with the same excitement I experienced when I first visited in my early 20s.
This time around our trip was filled with spending quality time with our friend and pretty much just being total tourists. We ordered beer towers during the wee hours of the morning on Khao San Road. We became regulars at one of the famous VW bus bars. We ate banana pancakes and pad thai. And we went shopping at the Chatuchak Weekend Market.
Aside from the fact that all three of us came down with some sort of ailment – damn you street food! – our jaunt to Bangkok was one for the books. But because I’ve spent the better part of the past week laying in bed, trying my best not to throw up, I’m going to make this post more of a photo-oriented one. Because when you’re suffering from a mysterious tropical malady – no matter how minor – writing blog posts becomes infinitely more challenging.
So here’s some Bangkok prettiness for all of you to enjoy!
Up Close and Personal at the Chatuchak Weekend Market
Beauty in the details
Have you ever come down with a mysterious illness during your travels? Do tell!