You might know that I visited Thailand for two weeks in the beginning of October. You might also know that I also visited Thailand in 2010 shortly after I started this blog. When I told people that I was planning to visit Thailand again their response was always, “But, why go again? There are other places to see in the world.”. Yes, there are many other places to visit but I loved Thailand so much when I first visited that I knew that I would some day visit again. I felt like I had unfinished business in Thailand. So, I went again. What made this trip even more special was that my best friend of 20 years, Janine, joined me.
Travelling with Janine was on my bucket list. We tried to plan trips before but something always came up. It was hard to synchronise our schedules. Janine nonchalantly whatsapped me to say that she might be able to join me on my Thailand trip and I didn’t really believe her but I went with it. A couple of whatsapp messages later and we booked out flights! Just like that! Spontaneous trips are the best trips. Three short weeks later we were meeting at the airport nervous about saying goodbye to her baby girl Riley. It went well and off we went.
Our Thai adventure started in Bangkok. Janine had to acclimatize to the unique smell of everything in the city. For some reason unknown to me, the smells didn’t affect me as much as they did during my first visit. We had our first meal at MBK Center and that sparked our love affair with Thai food. Man, the food was good in Bangkok! We looked forward to every meal and could not stop praising the food. Janine sometimes struggled to choose only one dish and would then order a few which she could not finish of course.
The rest of the trip was naturally filled with shopping for me. Janine spent some time at the temples which is where the lovely temple pics below come from. The shopping was not as easy for me as it was during my last trip. Mostly because I am one size bigger than I was when I visited in 2010. This made finding clothing more difficult but I found enough to fill my suitcase to the brim including gifts of course. If I could add one more place to my Shopping in Bangkok guide I would add Siam. I am not talking about the many malls in the area, which are great by the way. I am talking about the many stalls on the street outside the malls. These stalls stock the most beautiful clothing for so so cheap. I was so overjoyed to visit the Chatuchak Market again. I have been dreaming about it since my last trip. It was an awesome as I remember it bar a few changes.
Another Bangkok highlight for us was clubbing! Janine and I go clubbing from time to time. We both love dancing and we were so eager to experience clubbing in Bangkok. We both packed very minimally for out trip so we were without shoes to go clubbing in. We tried to buy shoes beforehand but we could not find anything and this how I ended up going to a club in Birkenstocks! To be honest, this made the night even more fun. Not only was it a first to go clubbing in Bangkok but also a first to go clubbing in ugly shoes and not give a ****. We had an amazing time and throughly enjoyed taking a tuk tuk back to our hotel in the early hours of the morning.
I enjoyed being back in Bangkok and not feeling the need to do anything specific or feeling forced to take pictures. I did what I felt like doing and just enjoyed myself. I can’t possibly write about everything that happened in Bangkok but all in all we had an amazing memorable time. I am so grateful that I got to experience Bangkok with my bestie. Like I said, I didn’t take many pics but here are some of my favourites. You can also find more pics on my Instagram account under the the tag #embracingthailand.