Well, being back in Bangkok means it’s back to business. Actually, back to Rangsit if we want to get all technical, but being in the city means a whole new lifestyle. I’m back in Bangkok for my first week of my study abroad program, and it honestly just feels like a summer camp. It’s actually great though, I’m having so much fun.
I arrived on campus a couple of days ago and moved in, and it honestly felt like freshman year all over again-the excitement of a new place, meeting new friends, exploring the city and getting to know each other. For the past couple of days, we’ve just been packing our schedules with things to do because there’s so much to do here in the city and there’s still so much we want to do and see.
For our first night together in Bangkok, one of the girls in our program who’s actually been in Thailand for the past 5 months already studying brought us downtown and introduced to a bunch of places we could go, so we chose to go to Khaosan Road, which is a famous central street in Bangkok lined with a ton of stores and food.
We took a shuttle from campus that took us to Victory Monument, and from here we took another taxi to get to Khaosan Road.
WOOHOOOOO! There’s just something so exciting about street markets (especially night markets) and I just love the vibrancy, excitement and business of the crowds. Also, there’s just something so capturing about this photo-the signs, globalization, tourists, tuk-tuks, the city…I love it all. (Photo c/o V. Tran)
Khaosan is apparently called “the center of the backpacking universe” because of all the tourists that stop by here along their backpacking journey supposedly. The majority of the customers are all tourists and you can find pretty much every basic thing a tourist will want/need-elephant pants, knock-off brand-name shoes and bags, cheap pad thai, cheap massages, fresh tropical fruit, and it just goes on and on.
And also there’s Chang-the brand of beer with an elephant on the bottle, true classic.
There’s also a ton of skewers and shish-kabobs with all types of meat and fish balls and sausage.
From juices to smoothies to freshly cut fruit, you’ll probably find it all. There are tons of passion fruit, papaya, guava, and apples.
That really cheap pad thai you were looking for? You’ll find it all up and down the streets and they’ll make it right in front of you.
Jenna, the girl who’s been here since January studying is practically a local around here and took us around this back alleyway to a vegetarian restaurant named Ethos for a nice, cozy dinner together.
LOOOOOVEEE the vibe of this place!! We walked in, took our shoes off, and sat down on these mats right besides some tables and it kind of felt like we were right at home.
Desiree getting real excited about all the menu options. And just sitting there looking all pretty.
I was sweating from all the walking that we had already been doing (and also because I was wearing a denim jacket that I refused to take off because I was so scared of getting bit) so I ordered myself a mango coconut shake to cool off. And some pad see ew that came with a good portion of vegetables!
Stayed around until the evening and found another street with a bunch of bars and cute lighting. Loved the vibes of this place (but have also heard it gets pretty crazy around here later at night).
Well, Bangkok weather decided to be relentless and it started pouring as we were heading back. Of course I didn’t bring an umbrella or anything waterproof, so I just got entirely drenched on the way home. Sitting in the van with the A/C blasting also didn’t help the fact that I was soaked and cold, but thankfully I made it back to my dorm room safe and warm and it already feels like home.
So school officially starts tomorrow and I’m guessing classes and workload will definitely pick up, but hopefully I’ll still have some time to continue sharing these posts. Thanks for reading!