After a 10-hour layover in Istanbul, we boarded our 10.5-hour flight to Bangkok just before 1AM. We were both anticipating such a long flight, but after one drink and some time to unwind, it was as if a week’s worth of early mornings had caught up with us all at once. We blinked our eyes and woke up 8 hours later! Our flight was practically over and we didn’t even have time to watch a movie. We landed at about noon and hired a tuk-tuk to take us to our pre-arranged Airbnb apartment.
We both had a bit of anxiety about the Southeast Asia part of our world trip. Culturally, and geographically, it’s unlike anywhere we’ve been so far, but as soon as we walked out the door of our high-rise apartment our concerns turned to excitement. The hustle and bustle is similar to New York City, something we’ve missed a bit, but overall there is a sense of chaos that we have never experienced. The first few things we realized about Bangkok were that they aren’t kidding about the prostitutes, road laws are non existent, and New York City smells like a field of flowers in comparison. We saw people cooking animals you’ve never even seen before, and if you sit at an intersection long enough, you will see an accident for sure, probably involving 30 or more scooters. The lack of rules, or at least the enforcement of them, is a common theme across all of SE Asia. After 3 nights we finished up Bangkok at the famous Chatuchak Market, which was too much to handle on a regular Saturday, never mind one where you have a flight at 5PM. We did our best to scavenge the aisles of super cheap shirts, boots, and army navy gear, but could only get through about 1%. We left in a hurry, torn, but feeling fortunate that we had seen any of this legendary market.