I recently just arrived back in Bangkok. The last time I was in Bangkok was at the beginning of my first long term travel trip for 3 months in SE Asia. I was traveling solo and it was my first time in a country like Thailand. So naturally it was hard to adjust. This time I’am traveling with my buddy Mat. It’s his first time in this awesome country. But last time when I arrived, I found that I really didn’t enjoy Bangkok, and just went straight up to Chang Mai and really enjoyed my time there. This time my experience in Bangkok has been very different. Im with my travel bud Mat, and I got to meet an awesome girl named Ploy who made me appreciate Bangkok so much more than I ever have before. Ploy took us all over and really made a really fun day for us.
A little history. When I was in the the early planning stages of this trip I was talking with one of my coworkers about my trip. I told him about are plans to go to Thailand and we would be flying into Bangkok. So he said “You have to meet up with my friend from school Ploy in Bangkok!”. To be honest, I didn’t think much of his comment about meeting up with one of his old class mates. But as we kept working together he would tell me “You have to meet Ploy you’ll have so much fun! You should message her on Facebook. So he gave me her name I sent a friend request and then messaged her about our travel plans. I felt a bit odd messaging a stranger I didn’t know in a country I was about to visit, I also hoped that I was not coming off as rude. But this was an opportunity of a lifetime, to have a local who had studied in Canada and is living in Bangkok to show us around. Then eventually I got a reply from Ploy, and we made plans to meet up.
Mat and I went to the Grand Palace and then were going to meet up with Ploy afterwards. We then met up with Ploy who greeted us with a huge smile. Mat and I were very excited to meet her as well. She then took us to Wat Pho (oh how I wished for the soup :p). We then all went to a pier and took a boat across the river and then we were on our way to Wat Arun. We then sat around in the shade and enjoyed our waters and ice cream, which you do in 36C and above weather. Ploy then took us to market where we then went for lunch. The lunch turned into a grand feast as Ploy ordered us the best of thai dinning for us. Which Mat and I were completely grateful for. The food was absolutely awesome. After are lunch we then went for a stroll through the market and began trying Thai desserts.
We then jumped on to another boat and made are way to china town. Having a local with us we then were able to use local public transportation, which can be hard to use as there is not much for english on these. We then cruised through China Town and then leaped onto a bus and then jumped off close to where we met. This was an awesome experience. I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am with how this day went. I will definitely will follow up on people I know or friends of people I know in countries Im traveling to, it gives you a truly unique look on a country. We could not have done everything we did in that day, without Ploys help.
First off I have to thank my friend Eninim for pushing me to go meet his friend Ploy. You should definitely go and check out his photography page at Enijo Photography on Facebook. But who I owe the most thanks to is the star of this little tale, our new friend Ploy. Ploy took time out of her day off to just show us around her city. She was full of smiles and answered all our questions, she showed us a side of Bangkok that I don’t think most people get to see. So again THANK YOU SO MUCH Ploy! You made are experience in Bangkok completely unique. I am forever grateful for this experience and hope to see you again in the future.
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