Bangkok doesn’t really sound like a destination that attracts introverts. It is noisy, it is chaotic, it is touristy. It is everything an introvert wants to stay away from especially while traveling solo, yet here I was as an introvert in Bangkok. But what made me fall in love with the city? Was it the long traffic jams or the street food?
I had started my trip in Khao Thong, an isolated village in Krabi. Khao Thong is an introvert’s paradise. All you need is a bicycle and the place is all yours to explore. Leaving Krabi was hard. With a heavy heart I flew for Bangkok. Unlike Krabi, I knew what to expect in Bangkok as I am not new to cities now. The traffic. The Honking. Lots of honking. Cars. Buses. Tuk Tuks. I knew what I was jumping into. A 1 hour flight and I was in the middle of the familiar chaos. I just wanted to book another flight and fly back to Krabi. The thought of spending 5 days in Bangkok, waking up to blaring horns instead if chirping birds, was killing me.
But my dream was to chase cities, and that is what I am here for. Bangkok was always there on my list and I wanted to tick it off. So I decided to get over my Krabi Hangover and made my way towards the urban jungle. There is always something melancholic about arriving in new cities, wandering the streets with no destination, an eagerness to know whether the city will accept you or not.
Bangkok is chaotic but I found love in the chaos from Day 1. I found it in the crowds that did not care and the street food that left me drooling. That is the beauty of cities. It might be a sensory overload at the beginning but it gets exciting as you get used to the beautiful mess. The streets are noisy and the people never really care. It is quite easy for an introvert to blend into the crowd and get lost.
I found solace in Lumpini Park, a 5 min walk from my hostel. This was the only place in Bangkok which did not feel like Bangkok. It was quite and green and in the heart of the city. The place had a peaceful vibe of its own. I spent my first day roaming around the park. Hanging around the park was a good way to carry out the transition between Krabi to Bangkok.
The citylife is fast paced. People whizzed left and right as I sat on a curb in Silom, slowly sipping on my Mango smoothie. Bangkok gives you a lot to see and experience even if you are just taking a walk down the street. The locals slurping on their Pad Thai, the tourists clicking pictures and flocking the 7-11s, the soi cats inspecting a garbage bin, people waiting at the bus stop, each moment weaves its own story.
What you get when you order the Pineapple Rice 😋….It tastes good anyway. #khaosanroad #bangkok #thailand #foodporn #food #dinner #travel #traveling #TFLers #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravels
Eating out in Bangkok was another activity that never disappoints. After many failed attempts to get a good breakfast in Thai hotels, I resorted to street food. I also found that Thai food gives off an unbearable stench, something of a dried fish. That is one reason I stopped going into Thai hotels and food courts.
With every passing day, I discovered new faces of the city and Krabi now seemed like a distant dream. The city started to feel more like home with each tuk tuk ride and with each dish of Pad Thai. I met some really cool people in my hostel who became my travel partners for the rest of my days in Bangkok. During my planning stage, even booking my dorm had put me in a dilemma as my introvert self wanted a 4-bed dorm but the traveler in me wanted a 8-bed one. Finally I had booked the 8 bed Dorm, another great decision. More the people, more lively is Bangkok. I also had my own quirky traveling Flip Flops which is the usual conversation starter.
My quirky #flipflops – the usual conversation starter #khaothong #krabi #Thailand #solotraveler #travel #traveling #TFLers #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravels
Hanging out with people who were total strangers often made me question my own introversion. Am I really an introvert or is it just because I am stuck in the wrong place? For those who are lost, there are always cities that feel like home. While the city might accept one individual, it might destroy the other who is not suited for its pace. Only when we travel, will we truly know where we belong in this world. Which city accepts us and which rejects.
By the end of my trip I had found what I was looking for in Bangkok. I found it in the street food and the tuk tuk rides. I found it in the wilderness of a concrete jungle, in its beautiful chaotic cells that somehow worked in sync. I found it on the intricate carvings decorating the Temples and in the never ending maze of the Chatuchak Market. The energetic vibe of Khao San to the smooth boat-ride over the Chao Phraya River, the city had it all. The city had everything I wanted to fall in love with.
Atop the Cloud47, loving the city, loving the view #bangkok #skyline #skybar #Thailand #solotraveler #travel #traveling #TFLers #vacation #visiting #instatravel #instago #instagood #trip #holiday #photooftheday #fun #travelling #tourism #tourist #instapassport #instatraveling #mytravelgram #travelgram #travelingram #igtravels
Krabi surprised me…..and so did Bangkok, in its own urban way.