Bangkok – The City of Angels. I don’t know what it is about this city, but ever since I first went in 2014, I have been completely addicted. It’s hectic, the traffic is absolutely horrific, the pollution is awful, and you can’t get anywhere quickly if you are in a rush. I really don’t know why this city has such a hold over me, but I have no willpower to stay away.
Everything in England now just seems ridiculously expensive, people aren’t friendly and respectful, and NEVER would anybody dare to smile at you on the street. The food here seems boring and unhealthy, and the atmosphere now feels dull and dreary. I spend every day wishing I was back in the vibrant capital city of Thailand.
Where at home can you go to an open air rooftop bar?
I mean, there is a couple in England, but why would you bother when it’s absolutely freezing 95% of the time? My favorite is Octave at the Marriott Sukhumvit, because the upbeat music is the perfect start to the night, the prices are quite reasonable, and the view is absolutely breathtaking. The most famous is Lebua Tower – because it was featured in the film ‘The Hangover 2’ – however the music isn’t as good and it is quite expensive, although a randomer did buy me a glass of champagne there once, so I can’t complain. Pre drinks in my friends bright pink bedroom or the grotty local pub just aren’t the same anymore.
I can’t focus on anything anymore
Because there is only 5 weeks left until my trip, I am at the point now when I am checking my countdown app several times a day, I’m hungry for Thai food, I’m hungry for the Thai hospitality, and I’m hungry for the nice weather! It is on my mind constantly and I just can’t cope with daily life. Wake up, work, eat, sleep, repeat. Yawn. I wake up every day longing to be back in Bangkok.
Getting something quick and healthy to eat is really hard
Our options for a quick lunch in England consist of burger vans, pasty shops, and supermarket sandwich meal deals.. not exactly nutritious. In Bangkok, everything is about the food, you can think ‘I’m hungry’ and have a nice bowl of healthy noodle soup from the street in front of you in less than a minute for 50 Baht. No planning or booking tables necessary, just rock up to any place you feel like – whenever you feel like it. There are countless places to eat in every soi in the city.
Public transport is just too much effort
Getting around in Bangkok is really easy, and it doesn’t take planning to get anywhere, all you have to do is hail the taxi, jump on a motorbike, or wait approximately 2 minutes for the Skytrain. Fair enough most of the time, there are thousands of people everywhere, but still, its very easy to get around. Here you have pre-book taxis, buses never turn up, trains are always cancelled, and a simple 15 minute journey just ends up being a complete nightmare. Waiting on a freezing cold train platform for 2 hours in the middle of December is just not my idea of a good life.
I don’t know what to wear in the morning
I wake up in the morning in summer, get my cup of coffee, get showered and put on shorts and a t-shirt, to open the door to pissing down rain and freezing wind. Raincoat it is. At least in Thailand the weather is predictable. Its either gonna be hot and dry, or hot and raining, as long as you remember an umbrella in rainy season then bobs your uncle.
Every day I miss the city and it’s kind and friendly people. In Thailand it feels like one giant community. I used to feel this way about England, but now it just feels cold and empty in comparison, and this is the reason why I am counting down the days until I will be back.
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