To experience Bangkok in all it's raw and exhilarating madness, excuse yourself from tours. Before going into Bangkok, open your mind to all possibilities, expect the unexpected and just breath, because beneath the surface is a city waiting to be explored.
A day later after getting back from our trip, my body is still getting over the Bangkok high. Bangkok has always been on my list of places to visit for the longest time, and after booking the tickets, my brother and I packed our bags and left in the morning to the airport. In a few days we managed to not get ripped off by taxi or tuk tuk drivers, visit Wat Pho, go on a canal tour, shop at Siam Paragon and Terminal 21, eat delicious Chinese food and unlimited dim sums at Sui Sian, got caught in the rain while exploring Chatuchak Weekend Market, and danced the night away at hip clubs Sugar Club , EQ Late Night Club and Insanity Nightclub.
There was always something to do and see everyday, and we enjoyed every moment. We stayed away from the popular 'you must eat here' places and randomly picked different restaurants to try (from Thai, to Chinese, Indian and even Middle Eastern) and I had so many plates of Pad Thai and Som Tum I lost count. We met so many new friends, travelers, and even met up with friends who was visiting from the U.S - that's how you know the world is a small place and how chance brings people together in the most unexpected places. I had the most random conversations with locals, and loved the ones with Ladyboys the most because of their open mindedness and sassy attitudes. Bangkok is a city that never sleeps, so most nights we went out to enjoy live bands at bars, walked around trying out different street foods and shopped at the stalls lining the sidewalks.
We didn't have a day to day plan, so when we woke up it was always a carpe diem moment. We had a map, ideas of what we wanted to see, and picked the place and where to go from there. Not everyday has to be perfectly planned, and it's okay to get a little lost, a little frustrated, but that's the point of living and enjoying a new country.
Dear Bangkok, I'll see you again.