Thailand Love

I can’t even begin to explain my love for this country.  So far we have been in Thailand for four days and it already feels like a month (in a good way!).  After traveling in planes, waiting in airports, and riding in buses for about 30ish hours, we arrived at our hostel around one in the morningIt is a charming place with a guitar in the lobby and handpainted maps of Bangkok the walls.  

On the first day, we walked to Chinatown, Thailand’s oldest shopping districtOn the way there we passed through a neighborhood filled with carparts storesNow, this may sound boring, but it is my favorite part of Thailand so far.  It is filled with windy alleys filled with little shops with greasy dirty car parts literally overflowing into the streetsThe photographer in me instantly fell in love. 

Next, we went on a longboat tour of the canals around BangkokWe passed lines of houses on stilts with porches filled with bright clothes hung out to dryWe all agreed to buy houses on the canals when we retire and live togetherThere was a very romantic feeling to the simplicity of the housesNext, we walked to the Grand PalaceIt was very impressive, but a tad too sparkly for meThe buildings were completely covered in mirrors and lightsMy favorite part of it was the Temple of the Emerald BuddhaAfter walking around in the blinding light, it was very nice to step into the quiet shade of the templeThere was a very captivating calm that filled the templeThe Buddhas in the temple held their right hand up, as if telling those looking to pause and take a breath. 

Today, we took a longboat down the riverWe ate lunch at Pizza Hut!!  It was much fancier than any Pizza Hut I had ever seen in the statesAfter that, we walked around and soaked up the sights and smells of the streetWe relaxed at the hotel for the rest of the dayI am hoping to upload my pictures as soon as I finish organizing them.  

Stay posted! 

Tori 

5 thoughts on “Thailand Love

  1. T. Patti

    Hi to all in Thailand! Try to keep your photos and journals up to date. Did you buy any car parts? I could use a few things……

  2. Dan

    I too thank you, Tori, for doing this. I hope you all continue to have your head, heart and soul filled by this fantastic experience.

    Thinking of you all and hoping the rest of your time goes as positively slowly as your first days in Bangkok.

    Amelia’s dad, Dan

  3. Barb

    Tori, thanks for posting. I’m Amelia’s aunt… Westtown class of ’80. (Your senior project sounds much more exciting than mine was…) Give Amelia my love… and continue to have a great experience. Keep us posted.

    I am so glad all of your are getting the opportunity at such a young age… to get the world travel bug!

  4. karen

    Looking forward to your photos. Would love to hear more about the images of the canal. Sounds like you are on the move throughout the day, so processing your reflections will take some time. I can’t wait to read more.

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