Thailand, a taste of Asia – A Top Travel Experience
Colourful temples so intricate and shiny.
A stark contrast to the smoggy streets and smells of tasty food stalls.
This was my brief taste of Thailand.
Step back 6 years, it’s 2010, I’m leaving New Zealand for the second time, but this time it’s going to be for quite a bit longer. I leave New Zealand behind and land in Bangkok for my first culture shock.
It’s busy and bustling, a bit polluted and dirty, but its real.
My first full day there (and my last day of enjoying sights) was spent wandering around Bangkok on a walking tour. I wandered in and out of temples, awed by the architecture and bravery to use such bold colours in buildings! They were truly beautiful.
There was a boat trip along the river to see houses sitting on water, some feeding of piranha’s and plenty of walking.
Sadly, that night I fell incredible sick, having successfully caught the bug my nephew had the day I left New Zealand. So, this was my only day out and about. The next day I flew to Koh Samui somehow and the next day checked myself into hospital. That ended up being for three days before they would release me for my next long haul flight to see my friend in Sweden before heading to the UK. I did get to see a little bit of the beach the afternoon I was released which was nice.
Thailand was a memorable travel experience in more ways than one. It made it’s way into my Top 30 Travel Experiences before I’m 30 for it’s uniqueness. There aren’t many places in the world with temples quite like those I saw in Bangkok. It’s worth delving deeper past the food, smog and parties that go on in Thailand and check out the culture.