On my recent trip to Thailand I had the privilege to experience some great company from a group of locals. They were kind beyond measure and had a care-free attitude that was refreshing. This blog is in memory of the fine young ladies who showed me the true essentialities of Thai culture.
Jared, we have an idea!
My phone rang on a weekday and my new host and life manager PGolf was on the other end to inform me of “a plan”. I was recovering from 2 nights of food poisoning in Bangkok hospital after being somewhat liberal during the yearly Song Kran festival (Thai New Year). A night on which I drank, walked, danced, and was somewhat awestruck by the colors, smiles, flesh and tattoos that coerce during Songkran. Where the hell am I again?………….. Thailand.
PGolf continued: “We have a place that we want to take you. Can you meet me at my work at 5.30pm?”. I was now out of hospital and living in luxury at PGolfs family residence. I felt rejuvenated enough to accept Pgolfs offer and to venture back into the surprisingly massive Metropolis that is Bangkok. “Sure” I replied.
Our first adventure was a soft introduction to the finer side of Bangkok. Asiatique is an open plan outdoor night spot that has many restaurants and shops. It sits alongside the river and has a relaxed touristy feel. I really enjoyed the location. My 3 friends PGolf, Jaeb and Pum all took photo’s of themselves, me and each other while the sun was setting by the river.
In stark contrast to some of the food options in Bangkok, Asiatique is very modern and western in style. However this does not reduce it’s appeal, the river location and massive array of eateries and shops make it a must for those with cash and time to burn. We had a great meal at a Chinese Hot Pot restaurant and then went to the ferris wheel.
Amphawa Floating Markets
The following Saturday the same team invited me on another mission. We ventured approximately 1 hour out of Bangkok to the famous Amphawa Floating Markets. We were joined by Pum’s friendly and helpful husband for our journey. The Amphawa floating markets are unique. The food, smells and sights are prominent and wonderfully Thai. So many colours require pictures rather than words:
Many thanks to my 3 kind friends from Thailand. I will endeavor to write about Chiang Rai, and Thai culture in my upcoming posts.
Jared Neems is a software developer and Teacher from New Zealand who works for Veratech.