I am not sure if this counts as a visited country, probably not as I’ve spent less than two days (one night) in famous Bangkok but enough stuff happened to make a brief post! As a transit from Hyderabad to Yangon, I’ve chosen to book my flights to leave me at least some time to explore the city center and pay a short visit to the famous Bruno Blanchet’s poutine stand; BKK Snackbar.
The very first thing that shocked me the most was the contrast with India (Hyderabad). There is almost no smell, no noise, no one spitting or yelling, not that much pollution, no garbage burning anywhere and oh, one example: when you go out of the airport, you have to search for the taxis, there are not 20 people screaming to get your attention. All the taxis are well parked in a line and waiting for their turn and if you ask a driver to take you he just tells you to please go get a number so you get the taxi who’s been waiting for the longest time…yup, we are not in India anymore!
After a very short night with a flight of 3 hours from 1h AM to 6h AM (yes the flight and the time difference made me loose a night), I had still enough energy to meet Raphaelle from Quebec to wander around the city along with Vince. After the first clash with India from the cleanliness and order, I was shocked by the hordes of tourists, so many white people everywhere! Even if the day was crazy hot and humid, it was nice to walk around, see the palace, do a little boat ride with the sunset to the climax of the Bangkok visit; a good ol’ Quebec poutine at Snack Bar BKK, owned by Bruno and Boris Blanchet, two globe trotters from Quebec. We were served by none other than Boris himself and we had a great time watching hockey, listening to Quebec music, sipping a beer (the first since January 1st!) and of course eating a poutine, surrounded by Quebec flags and artifacts. I have been dreaming of that for a long time!
Rest of the night was used to compensate for the lack of beers of the past month in India and well, you do have to join a little bit the “crazy touristy party vibe” of the famous Bangkok, lots of fun! The following day was spent for a little more sightseeing, getting lost alone in Bangkok, eating a McFlurry (you know the ice cream thing, well it’s the only thing I eat from McDonalds, ever, and only when traveling and when it’s warm, do not judge me I am not ashamed of this one and only and very seldom little tiny guilty pleasure) and getting ready to catch the plane to Myanmar in the night.
Guess what, Bangkok airport is amazing even for departures, you do not have to show a print ticket to get inside the airport, you have free wi-fi AND best of all, there are some very good but expensive little cookies at all the shops that you can TASTE like, as much as you want and when one shop is tired of you, well just to the other one. I’d still be there eating these if I did not have to catch a flight. I also wanted to spend my last few Thai Baht and the only thing I could afford in the whole airport was a beer, well we’ve got a deal good sir. Now to Myanmar after a delayed but very nice flight where we actually had metal forks and knives to eat our meal, a-m-a-z-i-n-g.