Feb 22-26, 2016
Loving Bangkok All Over Again
Location: Adventure Hostel, Bangkok, Thailand
Point of Entry
My purpose in coming to Thailand was to teach English in Pak Chong, about 3.5 hours by van northeast of Bangkok. With Bangkok being my landing point, I thought it best to stay for 4 days and explore the city all over again.
Normally, I arrive at a place with no booking and see if I can make barter deals with a hotel owner - free stay in exchange for internet work. But to lessen my mental baggage, I opted to pre-book through Agoda. Luckily, I chanced on Adventure Hostel. Being right smack on the N7 BTS Train line, I could travel by train with considerable ease around the city. The hostel is new, clean, safe and reasonably priced beginning at B350 for a dorm bed in an aircon room. Breakfast is included, free wifi all over, open roof deck, keycard convenience, CCTV security, etc. - the essential amenities were there. The staff were friendly and resourceful - if they didn't know the answer, they look it up and get back to you. Perhaps the best of all, I met the amiable hands-on owner who liked my business proposal. We shook hands on a deal, effectively making the rest of my stay for free. This omen is a sign of good things to come. I like having this account because they do a great job. I would recommend this place even without that deal.
Last time in Bangkok, I stayed at the popular backpacker section, Khao San Road. Now at Adventure Hostel, located in a different part of town, the neighborhood scene is entirely new - it's like being in a new destination altogether! I would walk around the inner streets until they become narrower and narrower, until the local people begin to stare at me, knowing I'm not from the neighborhood. But they were just curious. Sometimes, I just find myself on a river bank where I end up taking a ferry not knowing where it will take me. All good. I actually look forward to being lost!
Perhaps the single most attraction for me about Bangkok is the food. There is a reason Thai food is world famous. Given my budget, I limit my meals to street food and 'carinderia' style eating places - but that alone is inexhaustible. Bangkok has these sumptuous hawker-style eatery on every street corner. The food is cheap, delicious, accessible and safe (I never had any tummy issues!). For the most part, I would simply walk around the city and eat whatever I see interesting along the way. A decent meal will only run you Baht 40. That sums up Bangkok for me.
Given the short 4 days and the logistical preparation for Pak Chong, I didn't have ample time to really interact at length with people around me. But I met a few interesting people at the hostel. Moreover, I got to hook up with Ksenia, my Vipassana sis whom I've met at the center in Cambodia last year. I likewise met her affable husband, Sergei. My local Thai friend, Kansuda, was able to squeeze time to meet me at the sprawling Mega Bangna Mall. I would have loved to call up my cousin, a few locals I met last year, etc. - but squeezed-out of time.
Bangkok is one place you keep going back to. No wonder it's the default hub of travelers doing the Southeast Asian route. The hustle and bustle, the high energy, the constant infrastructure expansion, the diversity, all overwhelms the senses. Bangkok food is to die for, the ever-growing malls rival the density of Singapore, ease of transport is there by tuk-tuk, bus, river boat or train, and the culture lends itself to foreign presence. Bangkok is perfect! Well, if only they speak English :)
Reader Comments:Chainiwat Beau
(Mar 2, 2016) Million thanks for your great review of Adventure Hostel. It's our pleasure to welcome you as our guest at the beginning. Then, you became our friend lastly. Hope to see you again next time.
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Bangkok Cost Index, (US$1 = Baht 33.244 = Php 53.510 as of July 11, 2018)
- Bht 60 sm, 90 big one mug draft beer
- Bht 13 1.5 liter drinking water
- Bht 220 one hour massage
- Bht 60-80 muesli breakfast
- Bht 60-80 tom yum soup in modest eatery
- Bht 25-30 coffee
- Bht 30-50 pad thai
- Bht 350 Adventure Hostel lodging
- Bht 20-30/load laundry, coin operated machine
- Bht 7 bus ride
How to Get around Bangkok
- You can get around Bangkok using the trains, buses, tuk-tuks or the boat. Here is the transport map to give you a heads-up.
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