Tuesday, September 28, 2010


I am feeling a bit in need of a holiday.  I don't know if it is because it is school holidays and I feel like I am supposed to be on holiday or if I am missing my old life a fraction.  In my former life I was a flight attendant, a job I absolutely loved! Plenty of opportunity for travel,  suprisingly generous rest time and holidays, plus the very unique bonus of an ever changing workplace and workforce.  I don't miss those carts at all or the occasional tedious passenger.  I do miss the people, the lifestyle and the travel though, in particular Bangkok!

I have a bit of a passion for Thailand, probably because I was born there and also because it is such a wonderful place to visit. 

Some of my favourite things about Bangkok include:

The unique gardens!

The Markets.  The photo above is of the Suan Luam Night Bazaar.  Lots of small shops and some fabulous outdoor restaurants.  Nothing like the notorious (and horrid) Patpong Market.  For daytime markets either travel out of town to the Damnoen Saduak (the floating market) and a must is the Chatuchak Weekend Market.  I have been going to Chatuchak since I was a little girl and am still in awe each visit. 

River life.  Never take a tuk tuk or a taxi if possible. Travel on the river taxi's.  It is the best way to see the city and so much faster and cheaper.  The average fare is less than a $1!  Bangkok is built along a river and is interlaced with canals so it really is a marvellous and scenic way to travel. 

Yes, Bangkok is grimy and corrupt but there is also a remarkable beauty in this unique and dynamic city if you look for it.  I am longing to return. 


  1. I've never been to Bangkok and I've never heard anyone recommend it, other than as a place to pass through as quickly as possible on your way to somewhere more beautiful. I had no idea it was a river city!

    Your photos and observations are lovely and it's obvious you have a real connection to the place.

  2. I have a real thing for travel at the moment also.. We did not make it to Bangkok and i really wanted to go to the floating markets - we did Singapore and Thailand for our honeymoon instead, very keen to get there at some point though. Loving reading about your work and childhood! x

  3. I've been needing a holiday too - love the picture of the market.

    New York City is one of my favorite weekend places to go - it's pretty cheap to fly there from where I live.



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