Pairs Well With… “One Night in Bangkok” by Murray Head AND….my 100th post!!!!!
Bangkok. The city of smiles, pad thai, fried scorpions (that apparently taste better than french fries, or so I hear)…and lady boys. Bangkok is fantastic and offers a bit of relief from some of the hardships we experienced in Cambodia. Bangkok, I love you. As this is my last stop in Asia, I think we’re all planning going out with…a bang.
In only twelve hours, I was able to get a good enough read on the city to determine that it has the kind of energy I would look for if I were moving to a bigger one. I never quite know what I’m walking into month to month, partly because I like to be surprised and want to paint my own perception of the city and partly because I’m still living in the “here and now” and really can’t be bothered to think that far ahead quite yet.
Thailand is one of those places that I have excitedly anticipated visiting for a long time, though for anyone who has seen Brokedown Palace, you’re probably still looking over your shoulder at the airport. For the record, there have been other notable movies filmed in Thailand, from Hangover 2 to The Beach, painting a picture of both a bustling city and chill island vibes, both of which I plan to explore.
Our apartment and workspaces are so fantastic this month that I’d be 100% okay with staying put in Bangkok – but there’s so much to see and such little time (a month flies by fast) that I need to make the most of it all and see what I can. This month, I’ll be on the go quite a bit. And, I have a handful of surprises in store as I roll around the country. Until then…
WHERE I KICK IT:
This month feels like 5-star living. We’re at a place called Bandara Hotel & Resorts in the Silom neighborhood of Bangkok. One of the buildings is a hotel, the other residential living. Two pools, two hot tubs, one gym, outdoor walk-up bar, restaurant, room service (where you can apparently order steak and wine 24/7) – the works. I’m pretty sure this apartment is equal to the same square footage as my house. Perhaps I should just have all my stuff sent here. #youthinkimkidding
WHERE I’M WORKIN’ IT:
A place called….wait for it….The Work Loft. Anticlimactic, I know. I’d like to meet the marketing “genius” that gave a place like this such a memorable name, making marketers like me look bad. We roll two floors deep, along with other locals who work out of that space as well.
THE BANGKOK, THAILAND SCOOP:
Population: 8.29M (Just slightly smaller than Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam & New York City)
Currency: Baht (100 Baht = $2.90 USD)
Religion: The country is 95% Buddist.
FIRST WEEK OBSERVATIONS:
- This city is ridiculously clean, though it does slightly smell like NYC in August in particular pockets if you know what I mean. Bangkok has an incredible energy about it. It’s similar to the hustle and bustle of NYC or Chicago.
- In case you haven’t heard, it is offensive to smell bad here, which I find interesting because it’s so ridiculously warm, and also because it’s pretty much offensive to smell anywhere. Despite this unspoken rule, you’re bound to cross a stank bomb or two at some point.
- Bangkok is the capital of Thailand (in case you hadn’t figured that out yet) has the longest official capital city name – IN THE WORLD. You would think the word “Bangkok” might be in there somewhere, but no. Its full ceremonial name is 169 characters long: Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit. Not even going to go there.
- Thailand hosts one of the country’s most unique festivals, the annual Monkey Buffet. (Are you hearing me, people?!?!) More than 600 monkeys are invited to feast on over two tons of grilled sausage, fresh fruit, ice cream and other treats. The locals see it as a thank you to the monkeys which inhabit the village and bring thousands of tourists there each year. Okay, now…..WTF?!?!
- Bangkok is the world’s most visited city with approximately 16 million visitors or so every year.
- Koh Phangan is Thailand’s party island and is famous for its full moon parties, which I may or may not be attending later on this week in full on fluorescent wardrobing.
- Thailand has 1,430 islands, one of which is where I am writing you from.
So, that about wraps this one up. I’m here, safe, having a blast and cheers’ing to Pairs Well With’s… 100th post and my last three weeks in Asia.