Confession: I don’t like relaxing vacations (much to the dismay of my husband).
I like vacations packed with sightseeing, a dose of culture, and good local food. I had grand plans to see all the sites I hadn’t seen in years like the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace. I had gathered lists of top restaurants, bars, and massage parlors because I wanted to try them ALL. But unfortunately, the heat in Bangkok was oppressive, stifling, and practically unbearable. It made my friends a little weary of doing any sightseeing. It made a brief visit to Chatuchak market very difficult. Basically, I didn’t get to do a lot in Bangkok.
But we still took in a few good meals of local Thai cuisine (these pictures are from Cabbages and Condoms – strange name, but beautiful restaurant that also assists rural poor through environment education, health clinics, vegetable banks and more):
And got a massage or two. When you’re in Thailand and if you do nothing else, you must get a massage! We paid 250 TBT (~$8 USD) for 1 hour Thai massages or head/neck/feet massages. They were simply a-maaaaaz-ing! We couldn’t find a few recommended massage parlors on Sunday and just headed into a small local, massage place by the train station – it was an awesome massage and necessary after we spent an hour walking and looking for the other massage parlors!
So, I didn’t get to see all of the sights this trip. I did get to spend a lot of quality time with my friends, made some new friends, and got massages the few times we did go out. Life is about appreciating what we have (opportunities to even go to Thailand in the first place!), making the best of your situation (hey we were in cool, air conditioned rooms!), and enjoying the moment (complete with a glass of Thai iced tea).
I’ll be back again Bangkok!
I wrote this and received a gift as part of the Fruttare Friends #itsallgood Moments campaign – appreciate all of life’s moments. But you know I like to write about travel and inspiration anyway!