6 Mantras to improve your traveling experience

I’m always inspired and refreshed by travel, I feel like I set a reset energy button each and every time . This article is inspired by a current trend on social media right now : “Be a traveler not a tourist”. It inspired me to sit down and think about MY way of traveling, wondering if I was a tourist or a traveler. I figured out that I was neither of those and that I am not really on board with this kind of labeling. I am a firm believer in the freedom of each one of us to be  what he is comfortable to be without being judged, of course the articles are not to be taken very seriously, but still. If being a “tourist” is making you happy then be a “tourist” as long as you don’t disrespect the local culture. So here is my 6 rules of making the best out of my travels:

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Thailand trip: Bangkok Day 1

Day 1: 

Khao San Road: Backpackers District

We arrived in the afternoon and headed directly to Khao San Road (flashes from “The Beach” Dicaprio movie sliding in my mind). Khao San Road is the backpacker’s district. We assumed the area would be more authentic and affordable than downtown district. And maybe we can meet some backpackers with inspiring travel stories.

Khao San was exactly what we imagined except that the atmosphere was hot, humid, heavy and it smelled like …. a big city. The most surprising think is food for sure, from fruits to fried scorpions, the choices are endless. There is food everywhere it’s amazing! Thailand is truly the paradise of street food we will clearly not starve. We also noticed another unusual thing: people having massages on the street 😀

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Chao Phraya:

After checking in our hostel and having lunch, we went downtown to meet up some friends from Morocco who happened to be in Bangkok as well.

Because of the traffic in the afternoon we were advised to take a taxi boat. Great!! This is a good way to have an overview of the city over the Chao Phraya River. So we passed through the famous Grand palace, Wat Pho, China town, floating market and so on… that was very enjoyable except for the huge splash of water we received because of a fast boat sailing too close :p. Hopefully we weren’t holding any camera nor phone, but the water did seem a little bit sketchy 😀

 

Downtown Bangkok:

We reached downtown looking for the state tower where we were supposed to meet our friends. The downtown district was obviously more cosmopolitan, still smelling like a big city, and it was equally overwhelming. The state tower is a skyscraper known for its skygarden bar with a marvelous view and Leboa hotel where they filmed “Hangover part II”. We were a little bit early so we decided to have a massage meanwhile. My husband had his first Thai massage and described it as one of the most traumatic experiences in his life (lol), I quote him: “That was wrestling not massaging!!!”, he sweared the massage lady had the strongest arms ever seen, but I think it was his ego who exaggerate it a bit and the fact that he is not quite used to massages.

After that we had fancy cocktails in the skygarden bar, the view was really spectacular and we were amazed by Thai hospitality and politeness, especially in such a posh place.  I have never had that much appetizers in my life and they kept coming even after we finished the cocktails.

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Sukhumvit & Cowboy Street

The night was just starting, we strolled down Sukhumvit Avenue looking for a restaurant. Sukhumvit is Bangkok’s largest and most important street, and if I am not mistaken the longest one in Thailand. It is not a touristic area and clearly had a “Big city” appeal. That is probably where we would take an apartment if we were living in Bangkok. The avenue is paved with trendy restaurants with a widely choice. Seriously, any type of food, just name it and you’ll probably find it in Sukhumvit. We noticed a lot of food courts and malls as well. So basically this is the paradise of SHOP, EAT & PARTY (we maybe have a jet set version of EAT PRAY LOVE Best seller people!! Any takers? :p). We ended up in a nice outdoors restaurant with a Rock & Roll Band and Western food.

Our friend suggested to go to the sinful Cowboy street. If you decide to go just keep an open mind, the ambiance is morally questionable but it is all part of Bangkok experience and you can have the time of your life if you take things lightly. On our way back we had a taste of Khao San Road in the nighttime, everybody was partying outside and there was even more food on the street. Unfortunately we were too tired from the flight, the backpacks carrying and the partying. We called it a day.

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