We made it to Southeast Asia! After months of saving and researching cool places to visit and just generally getting super excited about this whole trip, we are finally here! If you haven’t read any of my previous mentions about this trip, my boyfriend Cole and I are spending a month traveling around Southeast Asia- specifically, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
We arrived super early yesterday morning after a ten hour flight complete with some seriously sketchy turbulence and a gut-wrenching landing (for real though, I’ve never seen so many people throw up at once on a plane, hahah. Luckily, neither of us were one of those people, but we were definitely close!), a four hour layover in Beijing that turned into almost ten hours thanks to a flight delay, and then another five hour flight that eventually got us to Bangkok. Here is a picture of my super swollen kankles that I get every time I fly anywhere, because #blessed. ;)
We are staying at Rambuttri Village Inn which is right off Khao San Rd (the main street for backpackers in Thailand). We are in one of the cheapest double bed private rooms which cost us around $35 a night, and it’s pretty decent. Nothing fancy, but it’s clean and has a great rooftop pool which has been AMAZING since it’s like 33°C here and very humid. The location is also really great- we’ve spent our whole two days just walking around exploring the area.
Because of our flight delay, we ended up getting to our hotel around 5am. We were SO tired after sitting around in the airport waiting for our last flight that by the time we got on it, we passed out for the full five hours, so we were feeling pretty awake when we got here.
We ended up exploring Khao San Rd at 6am, which was a neat experience since it was pretty much just us and locals who were setting up their shops for the day.
We were super hungry by the time we got here (and we also just really love Thai food, so were super excited to start eating, haha), so our first task was to find some food. Because it was so early, there wasn’t much open, but we did end up coming across a street food cart selling pad thai (which he made right then and there in front of you) for a whopping $1.40, and ohhhh my gosh, it was the most delicious intro to food in Bangkok.
In addition to restaurants and street food literally everywhere you look, there are also so many fresh fruit stands here. There are carts absolutely everywhere selling watermelon, mango and other yumminess by the bags full. We just had a fresh coconut at the last place we stopped to do some trip planning and it was amazing.
For breakfast this morning, I had pad thai (yes- that’s two times in a row for breakfast now and I’m not mad about it, haha) and a delicious espresso. Cole has been getting some sort of variation of Thai fried rice for pretty much every meal so far and they’ve all been amazing!
Lunch today was a green chicken curry and steamed rice (which was soooo good- this is my second Thai curry and they definitely do not disappoint), and Cole had some sort of noodley deliciousness.
With the exception of breakfast, basically every meal we’ve had here so far has been complete with a Chang. These giant beers are pretty tasty and a big one usually runs you 80 baht, which is only $3. I still can’t get over how inexpensive everything is here!
We came across the Wat Chana Songkhram temple today during our wanderings, and it was our first real taste of old school Thai architecture. The buildings in there were just incredible. We didn’t go in any of them because I wasn’t wearing the proper dress code (shoulders, knees and elbows covered) as we didn’t anticipate coming across this, but we did explore outside and just took in the beauty of it all.
We leave Bangkok tomorrow to head to Chiang Mai (where we are doing a canopy zipline tour with Flight of the Gibbon that I’m ridiculously excited for), and it’s already setting in how little time a month is to spend in these three beautiful countries. We’ve spent two full days exploring Bangkok, yet we’ve only touched on the tiniest little portion of the city and there is so much more to see. Another Southeast Asia trip is already on our minds!