It’s been 4 years since I visited this magical place called Thailand. I have missed it so much, and was more than excited when Alan and I decided to settle down in Chiang Mai for a few months.
Most of the time I feel a little anxious when I first touch down in a foreign country, but not this time. I didn’t remember much of Bangkok since I was in and out last trip, but I just had a a feeling of comfort once I got here.
Since I didn’t give Bangkok much of a chance last time, I figured I would try it out again and see what everyone has been talking about. This time I chose to see the city through a local’s (well semi local) eyes and stayed with my first couch surfing host.
That was probably the best decision I could have made!
My host was awesome, and I really had a great time. He took me to all of the good spots near his place.
My first night in town we walked over to one of the many night markets in the city for dinner and drinks. As we were sitting there chatting away, it hit me. I realized just how much I had missed this country and why I loved it so much.
For one, I love all the open air markets all over Thailand. At first glance, they might not be the most appealing sight. To someone who has a phobia to germs, they might be one’s worst nightmare, but I absolutely love them.
The food is amazing, and even though it was pissing down rain that first night, people were still out and about in the city. Bands were playing in various sections of the market, and groups of foreigners and locals alike were enjoying their night.
Looking around that market gave me a strong feeling of home.
I only stayed 3 nights with my host, and to be honest, I should have left Bangkok right then, but sadly I didn’t.
I stayed for a couple of different reasons, and my view of the city was pretty much ruined after that. 2 weeks was WAY too long to stay in Bangkok! By the time the day came for me to board my bus and head north to Chiang Mai, I was more than ready!
Bangkok is great in some ways, but it’s crazy and crowded. I barely ever wanted to go out exploring during the day because I just felt overwhelmed. Some people love the city, but for me, I doubt I will be staying there for any extended period of time again.
Not only was I ready to leave Bangkok because of the craziness, but I was almost uncontrollably excited to head north to Chiang Mai!
I fell in love with this city 4 years ago, and I felt like I would be really happy here.
And you know what??? I AM!!!!
It’s even better than I remembered it. One reason is because I met friends who have lived here before, and they gave me tips on where to go, but I’m also getting to see another side of the city that I missed 4 years ago.
Last time I stayed inside the moat and had a blast, but this time isn’t all about partying at the hostel. This time Chiang Mai is going to be my home for 3 months, and I want to take full advantage of the city while I am here.
Now I am settling in to our new neighborhood and loving life. Let’s see what the next 3 months will bring!!!!