So I’ve finally arrived in Bangkok and so far it’s certainly lived up to expectations. I have to say I was feeling rather sad to have parted down under until I rocked up to a Thai parlour for a massage today and heard the guy in the booth next door casually receiving a ‘happy ending’. I then proceeded to learn that my travel buddy Claudia’s masseuse happened to be a lady boy – all this in the space of half an hour.
Last night we got physically harassed by five year old children, partied on the street and learnt how to resist buying wristbands with the likes of ‘I heart eat bum’ written on them. We shared a bucket of the (falsely) rumoured speed-spiked red bull on a probably unlicensed pop-up bar and ate pad thai for 50p – bit of a contrast to our last stop, Cairns in Aussieland. That said, Cairns was amazing – we saw turtles, clownfish and reef sharks while scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, went crocodile spotting on a boat and trekked at Cape Tribulation, part of the oldest rainforest on the planet which features one of the most poisonous stinging trees in the world (and which somebody once reputedly used as toilet paper – ouch).
But Thailand is just so different – the architecture is amazing and the streets are filled with colours, smells, sounds – everything is vibrant – and a little underground. Now off to see a bit of sophisticated Bangkok with a trip to Sirocco, the world’s highest sky bar – although not before a quick trip to check out the sights of the red light district and the ping pong show ticket sellers (when in Rome/Bangkok). Hashtag YOLO.