So, despite my complete hatred and fear of flying, the 17 hour flight from Birmingham to Bangkok was relatively stress free. That was until we arrived at the baggage carousel in Bangkok and realised that our bags were not there... along with half the other people on our flight. They'd somehow been left in Dubai, where we had a 2 hour wait between flights. We flew with Emirates and they have been absolutely rubbish in helping us get this sorted, or pay any kind of compensation for the extra clothes and toiletries we had to buy while we had no bags (which was 5 days in total)!
Anyway, rant over, we were only intending to stay in Bangkok for 2 days and then move on to our next destination but the 5 days we had gave us plenty of time to explore and get to know the city. We stayed in ultimate tourist central of Bangkok, Khao San Road, which is horrendous but fun at the same time. The streets are full of markets stalls, food vendors, bars, restaurants, plus millions of people trying to sell you stuff. After a couple of days I was pretty sick of Bangkok, you can't go anywhere without being hassled by a tuk tuk driver to take his tour, or someone tries to drag you into their shop to buy a suit, or just buy absolutely anything. I completely understand that's what they have to do to make their living in a city where there's so much competition, but it's a bit stressful after a while.
We started our tour of the city in the first few days with our first ever tuk tuk ride (picture evidence above), and our driver took us around some of the main tourist attractions in Bangkok, including attempting to take us to the tourist information centre so he could get commission, cheeky. Riding in a tuk tuk is like nothing else, it is terrifying and so funny at the same time. Pretty sure we've only just missed being in fatal crashes several times since we've been here, there doesn't really seem to be any road rules, you just bully your way into the lane you want to be in or just defy death and go for it haha.
One of my favourite places that we visited was the Grand Palace. This is the home of the King of Thailand and it also houses a very impressive temple too. The grounds were full of amazing buildings, everything is so intricately decorated here, every ceiling/roof/wall/door is covered in tiles, jewels or gold.
For the evenings, we found a much more chilled out road than Khaosan Road to have dinner and some drinks on, it's called Rambuttri Road and it's the road that runs parallel to Khaosan. We met some really cool people in the bars on this road, saw loads of live music and watched some amazing teenage breakdancers. They were so so good and so well rehearsed and even did perfectly timed routines together. The youngest guy did a massive flip over a row of 6 people lying on the floor! Rambuttri Road is way less 'magaluf-y' than Khaosan, I would definitely recommend checking it out if you end up in that area of Bangkok!
We met a girl who had heard about an amazing falafel restaurant in Bangkok (when I say restaurant, it was a stall on the street with some tables and chairs outside), and being falafel fanatics Josh and I decided to go with her for lunch there. It was amazing! I love falafel so much and this was the best stuff. I know falafel isn't exactly very authentic Thai food... but there's only so much Pad Thai, curry and soup a girl can eat before you start craving some other food too!
There's much more to Thailand than just the tourist attractions too, Josh and I love wandering round the streets and seeing what we come across. Sometimes we just come across a cool market, bar or food stand but one time we came across this awesome tree tucked into a back street. Buddhist Monks tie sacred pieces of material around trees to prevent logging, it just so happens that these pieces of material are colourful and pretty... just like loads of other normal things in Thailand! This is one of my favourite non-tourist attractions that we found :)
We've been in Thailand for 2 weeks and 2 days now and we've long since moved on from Bangkok, but as this post is the longest I've ever written (I think), I'll write some more about the other places soon :) I'm really excited to write about our trip to The Elephant Nature Park though! Follow me on Instagram or Twitter if you'd like to see a little more of what we've been up to :) x