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Posted by on Jan 2, 2010 in Asia, Thailand

A Day of Firsts: Bangkok, Street Markets, Tuktuks, & More

A Day of Firsts: Bangkok, Street Markets, Tuktuks, & More

First meal in Thailand: Pad Thai with Tofu. Yum. I got it from the restaurant that is a part of my building – its sit down and in english – faaaaaaaaaaaantastic. yum!

First Wander in Bangkok: So I went wondering today. Jackie, Drew, and I decided we would go on an adventure. We walked across the bridge to where Justin, an employee from my apartment, told us to go. Talk about bad smells. Bangkok, although has many delicious smells, is majority of the time smelling like a dumpster. The market and the area we explored was so different than anything I have seen before; crazy streets in every direction, 8-way intersections, & crazy cars, trucks, and motorbikes fighting for space on the roads.

Bangkok: Not for the typical Driver: On a typical 4 lane road there are about 8 cars across and 50 motorbikes between the cars. And not a single accident. They also drive on the left hand side of the road – the opposite side to me – but it isn’t the “wrong side”!

Dogs lay everywhere – really – EVERYWHERE! There are millions of animals walking the streets in Bangkok and in Thailand in general – there is an animal overpopulation problem  – it is sad to see, me as the animal lover that I am, but the animals ignore you and you ignore them. They are not social animals as I am accustomed to in Canada – they live in the city just as the people do and live their lives separately – no owners and no home.

First market experience: Multiple street vendors turned into a street market. Stuff, stuff, everywhere -trinkets, junk, clothes, electronics – you name it, it was there. But our adventure had the mission of finding us food – we found everything else but!

We went into one sit down restaurant (decided to take it slow and ease into the Thai food Vendors on the streets, let the stomach adjust slowly) but in the restaurant nobody spoke english…so we had to leave – There is minimal English anywhere outside of the “tourist” street. This is initially difficult to adjust to, so I shall learn to speak Thai, a challenge I whole-heartedly accept!

First 4-intersection 7-11 Encounter: We eventually found a 7-11 though – which turns out – are EVERYWHERE. By everywhere, I mean one on all 4 corners of an intersection, and atleast one on every block – it is fantastic. I bought a popsicle! mmm! Bonus of the 7-11’s – They are overly air conditioned – and as this is my first time in a humid climate – it is a kind relief to be in an icebox for 10 minutes while buying cold popsicles! It is a safe haven in a city where I sweat like it is my job!

First Tuktuk Ride: My very first tuktuk! it is like a motorbike with a cart on it. not very safe since the driving is crazy as mentioned earlier but alot of fun – as long as you do not mind inhaling toxic black gas fumes from the vehicles around you! But we over paid massively – we paid 50 Baht = $1.66. Pricey! haha 😀

And that ends my first adventure in Bangkok, Thailand.

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