Thailand, Part 1: {Bangkok}

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I’ve had connecting flights through BKK several times over the past few years, but have never actually been into Bangkok before. Getting invited to speak at a conference there was not only exciting career-wise, but I was pumped to get to finally check out the city.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset{Rooftop Pool Bar}

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IMG_9294{If you’ve seen the Hangover 2, this street will look familiar to you… }

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{BTS stops like “On Nut” and “Thong Lo” bring out the inner teenager in us all.}

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If you’ve never been to Bangkok, prep yourself for the hour long taxi ride into downtown from the airport. It’s not as expensive as you would imagine, but the city is packed so traveling by car is usually the least efficient way of getting around. Our hotel (The Continent) was beautiful, with exceptional service, and thankfully right on the BTS line so it made for easy travel throughout the city. I was in Bangkok for a conference so I didn’t have a lot of free time for exploring, but was able to get out for a couple $12 massages (one thing I’ll be missing dearly) and the famed street markets in the city. I hate bartering at flea markets, but it’s expected there so that made it kind of fun. Getting a dress for $8 was also nice. ; )

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset{The restaurant, “Cabbages & Condoms” has great food, a beautiful outdoor setting and hilarious decor.}

IMG_9218{Signs of love and peace are everywhere downtown after violence earlier this year.}

The flights to Thailand may seem expensive if you’re from the States or Europe, but the country is very inexpensive itself. Hotels are cheap and you if you get outside of the bigger cities you can stay and eat on less that $20 per day. (Even less if you’re backpacking for a long while). If you’ve never been, you should make Thailand a part of your international bucket list.

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