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Solo Travel In Thailand – Bangkok!

I’ll first start of by apologising for only just uploading the final stop of my Thailand adventure. It’s crazy to think that I went on this trip 1 year ago. It’s been so long, and to be honest, I’m unable to remember exact details but I feel like I need to at least share my pictures of this trip before I can  move on and begin sharing my most recent trips. I feel like I need to finish what I started, if you know what I mean?

So, here it goes…

I arrived bright and early in the bustling capital of Thailand by plane (AirAsia) to Don Mueang International Airport. I had been looking forward to leaving Chiang Mai as although, it gave me some much needed time to myself to relax and recoup my energy from being on the go, I eventually got bored. My first impressions of Bangkok was that it was certainly a lot more developed compared to the other parts of Thailand (which is too be expected – it’s the capital). I was quite impressed with their metro system.

I stayed at a hostel called ‘Lub d Bangkok – Siam Square’ which I chose after reading mutiple reviews. It had a really great location as it was in the shopping district and additionally was literally outside a metro stop so getting around was very easy and convenient.

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After checking in and dropping off my backpack, I decided to explore the area I was staying in. As a tip, I would always recommend getting familiar with the area of your hostel/hotel before venturing a far to ensure that you know where to go to get essentials you may need (i.e. water, breakfast). Additionally, as a solo traveller, it’s beneficial to make yourself comfortable with your surroundings for when you need to get back home – mentally remember the route to the nearest bus stop, taxi stand or train station by using buildings/monuments/road signs that can help you navigate your way.

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I love coconuts and I decided to try the smaller ones. I believe these ones are considered to be old coconut so the coconut water was very rich.

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The next day, I decided to explore the temples and so I bought a return boat ride. Unfortunately, I arrived at the main Palace to find that not only was I not wearing appropriate attire, but I hadn’t brought enough money (for some reason, that day I decided to leave quite a fair bit of my money at the hostel as I didn’t think the palace would be so costly). I was already quite irritated by the heat and scam artists that lurked around the palace grounds so I just left and went back to the hostel (with the intention of returning the next day).

Later that evening, I was planning on hitting up the famous Sky Bar. I happened to bump into two girls in the ladies bathroom at my hostel as I was getting ready and we realised we were all going to there so they asked if I wanted to tag along. We ended up meeting another Thai girl (a friend of one the girls) and we had such a fab time! One of the girls initially couldn’t get in because of her shoes, so we had to find  some shoes for her to change into (they had a strict dress code).

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Two of the girls mentioned that they were going to Ayutthaya and so I asked If I could join as I really wanted to go but it wasn’t easy to get to. We met the Thai girl at her apartment and then set off on the journey to Ayutthaya (she planned the whole thing, and was a really great tour guide).

FYI, Ayutthaya is a city in Thailand that used to be capital before it was destroyed by Burma. It is now an historical park. We took a bus and was dropped off at really random location before getting picked up by our Tuk Tuk driver for the day.

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So that’s it for my Thailand adventures. I had such an awesome time travelling around alone for two weeks. I met so many amazing people, tried new things and had great conversions.  If Thailand is on your list of places to visit, you should definitely go!

Pamela (The African Abroad)

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