On the 1st September 2016 I left my family and friends to travel around the world on a ticket with the aim of travelling for one year. This blog aims to sum up a few of my adventures along the way and maybe even give some useful tips to those wanting to travel more.
My first stop was Bangkok, the city that has everything. I have been once before but for me it is summed up by the smiling faces, Tuk Tuks and a place you really can get anything! There is also the smells (which can unfortunately not always be good ones) but mostly it is from the Thai spices and cooking from the tasty street vendors, food markets and array of cafes and restaurants on every corner. There are temples sprawled across the city, floating markets, riverboats and off course the infamous Koh San Road (a backpackers dream!).
Spending just three nights in Bangkok, here are my highlights –
Chatcuchak Weekend Markets (also known as JJ Markets) –
Among one of the largest markets in the world (you even get given a map to get round it). It holds everything under one roof from clothes, jewellery, food, art, ornaments, flowers and animals (I saw someone with a live goldfish in a bag). It is definitely worth a trip if you are in Bangkok and it’s just a short train ride away.
Bangkok Food –
Everyone said it to me before I left, but I forgot how good the food is, especially from the local street vendors, I brought the below local soup dish with rice noodles and pork for 50 Baht (about £1). Simply delicious.
Wat Pho (the Temple of the Reclining Buddha) –
Also know as Wat Phra Chetuphon and is located behind the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Just a short boat ride away from where I was staying near Silom Road, this place was stunning. The highlight is the 46 metre long reclining Budda which took up an entire temple it was so big. It is covered in gold leaf and to be honest took my breath away.
All photographs copyright Jemma Nicholson.