Embracing the Bangkok Crowds
To say I didn’t enjoy the crowds of Bangkok would be an understatement. I usually don’t mind being surrounded by people, but this extroverted introvert was not prepared for the sheer hordes of tourists in Old Bangkok. This meant on my second day of traveling, I began my deep appreciation of solo travel. I wasn’t able to appreciate the beauty because I wasn’t in the mood for crowds? Not a problem, I’ll check it out next time I’m in Bangkok. This trip is about honouring and connecting with myself. How perfect that the opportunity came up right away.
That said, I still immensely enjoyed my last two days in Bangkok.
As I’m going through my photos of the day, I can’t help but laugh. Most people were taking pictures of the beautiful temples and structures. Me? Facing the other way taking pictures of cats. Here is a very small sample of the pictures I took.
For some reason my videos aren’t uploading to the site, but I’ll deal with that later. My favourite parts of the day were, of course, being on the water. I took the commuter Express Boat twice and the ferry across to Wat Arun. Both were standing room only. This is also where I started my mantra… “When lost and unsure, just follow the other white people with cameras.” As I hadn’t let with a set schedule or plan, a few time I found myself unsure of what stop to get on or off at. Each time, I just looked around for other tourists to follow. Much easier than pulling out my phone and stressing out trying to figure it out myself.
A critical turning point of the day was when I took some time to reflect. I was sitting by the pond at Wat Pho, watching tourist after tourist stream by. I could hear myself repeating all the places I “should” go: Grand Palace, Khoa San Road, the floating markets, the night markets. Then came the quiet whisper of what I wanted to do: rest, space, deep conversations. The second I chose to follow my own desires, I felt this huge calm come me. I had a giant grin plastered across my face as I took the commuter boat back. At the hostel, I had exactly what I wanted. Some quiet time to reflex and then sharing stories and plans with the other travelers. As I shared the type of environment and atmosphere my soul was craving, Amy recommended Kho Phayam. I booked my bus ticket and 4 nights accommodation immediately. It was time to discover a place to rest, relax and restore my energy.