My initial plans to stay in Bangkok for only three nights quickly got scrapped, and I found myself there for nearly triple that amount. I didn't ever expect to find myself falling for the busy, smoggy, traffic infested Thai capital, but somehow it just sort of happened.
The moment I realised that I was starting to maybe have feelings for this absolutely insane city, would have been hard to pinpoint exactly, had it not been for my trip to the aeroplane graveyard. Practically smack bang in the middle of the Bangkok, lies a set of abandoned aeroplanes. Barely on the tourist radar, and discovered online quite by accident, I was in my element from the second we walked through the gate.
A family has taken up residence in one of the old planes, and they ask for 200 baht each in order for you to have a look around. I've been trying to live on a budget of around 600 - 700 baht a day, and 200 baht is a fairly large portion of that target, but 200 baht is also less than a fiver, and seeing as I've definitely wasted hundreds of fivers in my time, I figured one more fiver wouldn't hurt.
Turns out that the fiver was far from a waste anyway. We probably spent around 45 minutes exploring the wreckages, and I did lots of climbing. (I love climbing.) If you climb to the top floor of the biggest aeroplane, theres a little hatch, which would allow you to climb on top of the plane and would make for an EXTREMELY cool photo, but there's a little boy that tags along with you whilst you explore, and he made it VERY clear that I wasn't allowed to climb on top of the big jumbo jet. (Gutted!) I managed to cut my leg, and I'm hoping that I not only get a cool 'aeroplane graveyard' scar, but also that I don't get tetanus. (#Pray4Emma)
To visit the aeroplane graveyard, just ask a taxi to drop you at the address 'Ramkamahaeng soi 103.' It's well worth a visit, but try to go with someone else if you can! (I probably would have felt a bit sketchy there on my own!)
A misconception of mine, regarding Bangkok, was that the only thing to do there is explore temples. Whilst there are a lot of (very beautiful) temples in the city, I realised when I arrived that there is so much more to do. A weekend visit to Chatachuk Market had me engrossed for hours - I wandered through the maze of stalls, stopping every now and then (every ten minutes) to try new foods at some of the street stalls. I was amazed at just how cheap everything was. It's probably very lucky that I travel with hand luggage only, as it forced me to only buy a couple of select items! I accidentally stumbled into the animal section though, and it took everything in my power not to buy all the puppies and kittens.
A trip to Khao San road allowed me to go proper bush tucker trial and try a taste of scorpion. It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be, but that doesn't mean it was enjoyable! Whilst Thailand is still in mourning for the loss of the King, there seems to be plenty to see and do whilst whilst you're out and about!
Aside from my time at the aeroplane graveyard, my favourite 'Bangkok moment' was when a few of us decided to go to the cinema to watch the newly released Oasis documentary, 'Supersonic.' I couldn't believe how many Thais were there to watch it too! Before the film started, there was an announcement and everybody had to stand whilst they played a short film about the King. It was one of those 'you had to be there' moments, but it was completely surreal to see so many people paying their respects to the King, before settling down to hear Liam and Noel cuss blind for the next couple of hours. I've definitely re-developed a slight Oasis obsession since!
I'm more than happy about the unexpected love I've felt towards Bangkok. It goes to show that you should never make judgement on something before you have the chance to experience it for yourself.