ASIA PART II: WARM NIGHTS
Leaving Cambodia behind, we then flew over to the ever-inviting country of Thailand for a two night stop over. Infamous for it's huge shopping centres and delicious street food, Bangkok is a hub for culture. Last time, we were but a stones throw away from the heart of the city, this time around however, were in the humble neighbourhood of Din Daeng. Although not as flashy as Bangkok, it had it's charm and its surprisingly, good Japanese food.
The little district was dense with homes and the little alleyways reminded me of Melbourne. Stepping out into the hot sun, I soaked in the sounds of children playing, cars zooming through narrow streets and oil frying in the large woks of food vendors. While water from air conditioners dripped onto the sidewalk and as dogs barked in the distance, I was losing myself in the mini-maze of the area. My broken Thai helped me get around, as well as the locals being incredibly patient. I even befriended the street dogs and smiled at the all old men working - most didn't smile back, but that's okay.
At night, Din Daeng came alive with lights and noise. Not too far from our hotel, on the main road, was an outdoor market where you could hear porcelain clash, bargains being made and children screaming. I bought some bags of Pad Thai and walked around the quieter alleyways to discover some beautifully-lit shops. Without the distraction of sunlight this place was amazing. Although it was quiet, you could hear the faint murmurs of families enjoying each other's company. It was very sweet and I felt almost at home.
On our second day, I decided to do a day trip on my own to see the city. I barely made it through the train system, as I was without any internet or a working phone. After being lost for an hour in the burning sun, I wiped away my sweat to see the giant shopping malls in the distance. Delirious and somewhat rejoicing, I rushed to the nearest coffee shop to leech Wi-Fi and find my bearings.
Bangkok's shopping district is quite the spectacle. Whilst I was in the heart of the city, I took some time out to admire store fit-outs, the excessive decorations and how cute everything was. I took special note of the Hello Kitty cafe and the McDonalds x Hello Kitty toys <3 I even had time to watch a kids fashion show. Children from ages five and up, dressed from head to toe in camo and fronted their best poses on the speckled runway. It was very serious and there must've been over a hundred contestants. I'm afraid I'd lose my child if I dressed him/her in all camo. Haha…
We kept the trip short and sweet, which in my opinion, is the best way to go. The first time we we're in Bangkok, we we're rushing around from place to place each day - trying to cram so much into 24 hours. This time around was a lot nicer as it was loose. I walked around without direction, took time out to stand and observe, and I wasn't afraid to be lost this time around. I wish I had more time to try a burger or two, but alas the world is full of delicious burgers and regret probably has more calories than anything. We put our hands together and said goodbye to Thailand as we hopped onto a plane towards Paris - the city of lava… I mean love!