My confidence has obviously grown ten-fold since my first ever visit
For the early risers, there will always be the opportunity to make offerings to the morning monks in Bangkok, when they do their alms rounds in the local streets (normally around 06:00 –
Local parks will be the obvious place to rub shoulders with local folk in Bangkok, and they are perfect venues for some good ol’ fashioned people watching in the city. At the same time, they are also great places to join in various activities, as most parks will have outdoor gyms and games courts, running tracks, and more-than-not a lake to feed the turtles and fish. But evenings will forever be the better time to visit, when it’s cooler outside, and the parks come to life with after-work crowds. And this is when more group activities take place; like dancing and aerobics, tai chi maybe, and there will always be “Sepak Takraw” courts where the national sport of Thai foot volley take place.
Street food will always be my favourite part of local living in Bangkok, at the same time there is more to street food then just grabbing a bunch of skewers to-go from a roadside grill. As much of Bangkok’s best street food is found at the small shophouse stalls, and kerbside eating areas, where you really need to take a seat at a table to truly savour the experience. And my personal preference in street eats would be the Isaan barbecues; serving charcoal grilled meats, spicy soups and salads, along with sides of fresh local greens and sticky rice. As eating doesn’t come much better. Then there’s also the noodle soup stalls, and the “
There was a time when I’d be sure to have my haircut before travelling to Bangkok. Now I always hold off until I arrive. As once I had braved my first short-back-and-sides in the city, I quickly learned to love haircuts in Bangkok. Because it never is just a quick trim like I am used to
I can think of few quicker routes to local immersion than boozing with the locals, and the stronger the alcohol, the faster you get there. But I personally have little interest in nightclubs and bars, meaning I have to make do with Bangkok’s roadside “Yaa Dong” stands. An evening pastime popular with local motorbike taxies and labourers, selling a rather delightful concoction of local rice whisky (Lao Khao) with medicinal health (and libido) enhancing herbs. This potent cocktail comes served along with
A Thai massage shop opened in my hometown recently, in an industrial estate, between an electrical appliance shop and a local delivery route. They charge £45 an hour for a simple Thai massage which is roughly 10 times what it costs in Bangkok. Therefore I always make the most of them when in Thailand. At the same time, I was a bit reluctant for my first proper Thai massage, partly because I was in no hurry to strip off in front of strangers, and then there’s always that stereotype of lads going to Thailand for “massage”. But the experience is a lot more relaxed and less intrusive than expected, and now I can think of few things more exciting than perusing the various aromatherapy and massage options of the local spa.