i’ve gotten a better perspective of life in bangkok after being here for a week. it’s my last day here and i feel like i’ll miss the crazy city life a bit.
a couple interesting things:
there are always people walking around the city, regardless of the time or day. ive seen plenty of people dressed in business attire, walking around at 11 am, 3 pm, you name it. it makes me think that people here don’t even work. but then i remember that during the rush hours (we’re living in the business district, sathorn) every crevice of the skytrain is jam packed.
thai people seem to eat out a lot more than they cook at home. street vendors are constantly selling their wares to commuters, and i’ve heard from many many people that eating out is a lot cheaper as well. i went to the MBK shopping center the other day, which is essentially an outdoors market put into a 7 story air conditioned building. several floors are dedicated to fashion/beauty/jewlery, and the others are made up of a conglomeration of technology booths, souvenir shops, and food vendors. i call them booths because many of the “stores” are merely products shoved onto shelves with someone standing in front of it. some of these shops are as small as a walk in closet. but back to the food: there were 2 huge food courts. and food was incredibly cheap. 40 bhat (approximately $1.30) got me a pad thai that would have costed me around 7 dollars in a cheap thai resteraunt at home. 45 bhat (approximately $1.50) got me a beef ball soup with vermicelli that would have costed me around 8 dollars in the states. fruit is also incredibly cheap; 12 miniature bananas cost 10 bhat (around $0.30). but some things, like ice cream, are ridiculously overpriced. a pint of ben and jerrys costs 400 bhat (around $13.30).
attire: locals are always pretty well dressed. regardless of how hot or humid it may be, men will always be wearing a collared shirt, button down or polo, and slacks. women will usually be wearing long sleeves and pants/skirt as well. maybe its because we’re in the business district, but spotting tourists is pretty easy because the t-shirts and sunglasses really stand out in the crowd.
i took a cooking class here, which was amazing! i’ll post some pictures up later. 750 bhat (a little less than $25.00) provided for a trip to the market to pick up vegetables, ingredients for 5 dishes, and a really entertaining instructor. after cooking our dishes, we got to eat all of them :)
overall bangkok was quite fun! even with the outrageous humidity and heat and getting stuck in monsoon rains.