It’s been a year since I’ve decided to go backpacking alone across Southeast Asia, and I must say that it’s been the most wonderful decision that I’ve made in my whole entire life. I was only 18 when I left home (for a short period of time because I had to come back for uni, ugh). I’ve made the decision to buy a one-way plane ticket to Bangkok and my was it amazing.
A selfie as soon as my plane landed at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
I have to admit that I was scared as I left Manila. I was only 18 and I’ve never travelled alone before. Sure, I’ve been to places in China and Hong Kong with my family when I was younger but this trip is different. There’s no mom to plan the whole trip, no dad to tell you where to go and no brothers to quirk around with. I only had myself, but instead of scaring the shit out of me, I told myself to be brave because travelling has always been my passion.
Wandering around the streets of Bangkok.
Okay so I did the most stupid thing before leaving for Thailand. It’s that, I didn’t pre-book a hostel. Imagine having to look for a hostel at 2AM, all alone with no one there. Yes, it was creepy but I got through it. I ended up staying at an Inn with worth 500 THB, and it’s not even that nice! It smelled of old sheets and there’s nobody who spoke English! I almost swore I was on the verge of calling my mother and asking her to come pick me up. It was horrible! But the most unexpected choices lead to the most unexpected places. I met four amazing Scottish lads who helped me get a hostel, a decent WiFi and took me to dinner at 2AM.
My Scottish friends: (L-R) Aidan, Andrew, Iain and Michael.
Bangkok is a lot like Manila, if you’d ask me. It’s just more culturally immersed and the locals love their monarchy so much. Something that the Thai could teach us Filipinos.
Thai architecture is so grand and beautifully detailed!
Everything in Thailand is gold. I went to temples like Phra Sumen Fort, Wat Bowonniwet Vihara and to the National Museum of Bangkok and The Grand Palace (which I’m going to post on the second part of this blog post), and everything is just beautifully designed.
Snaps from the Wat Bowonniwet Vihara.
See? Everything is gold and it’s nothing short of magical!
Chilling at the hostel with my co-backpackers before going on a day filled with adventures–not to mention walking!
I stayed at Born Free Hostel. It was a nice hostel with clean rooms and the people there were very friendly! The Burmese guy on the counter even helped me get a train ticket to my next destination. They were all very accommodating and polite. I stayed in this hostel throughout my stay in Bangkok because it was an awesome place to stay in and it’s near everything, especially Khao San Road, the party capital of Bangkok (which I’ll be posting about soon, hehehe). I payed about 250 THB per night for my stay here, and if you’re thinking about staying in Bangkok, this hostel is the place to be! You can contact them HERE.
More snaps of Bangkok.
There were so many firsts done in the city and I can’t wait to get back to this again!
Ticket to get into the National Museum of Bangkok.
We paid a good amount of 200 THB to get into the National Museum of Bangkok. It was a pretty reasonable price because we got a free tour from it.
The exterior of the temples inside the National Museum of Bangkok.
I got into a free tour of the museum alongside two older English couples (whose name I forgot) and my friend, Joe, and two new friends named Josh and Matt.
I blend well with English people, don’t you think? (L-R: Joseph, me, Matt and Josh.)
It was a nice day, aside from the fact that we had to walk for hours under the extremely deathly heat!
The interior of a temple inside the National Museum of Bangkok.
I’ve noticed that most of the interiors are red and gold. It’s super nice!
Some of the pieces inside the National Museum of Bangkok.
These pieces are older than me and I’ve always wondered how these were used, or who used these pieces during the olden days. I just love history and museums. I feel like I’m being taken into a different time when I’m in museums.
I remembered during my second year in university, we did a play adaptation of the Ramayana so I was pretty familiar with the story that the tour guide was telling us.
“All that is gold does not glitter.”
My stay in Bangkok has been nothing short of amazing! I’ll be posting more about the party scene and the floating market and the Grand Palace in the next coming days!
Just being a tacky tourist.
I’ve met a lot of friends in this city and I can’t wait to come back! I still haven’t figured out where I’ll be travelling to this summer but Bangkok is definitely on my list! Where will you be travelling to this summer?
All photos taken using my iPhone5.
“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampant. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.”
Psalm 91:4-5 NIV