I’ve only been here one day, but here’s what I’ve learned about Thailand so far.
The people are nice. Like really nice. I thought people in South Africa were nice (they were) but we’ve met so many wonderful people already, including a street vendor who was so excited for us to be on this trip that he was almost crying (so was I) and a Thai businessman in the temple of the smiling Buddha that told us all about his life, gave us tons of tips and information, and taught us how to say a prayer to Buddha for a safe travels.
It’s hot. Like don’t bother putting on clothes hot. We once rented a house in Zihuatanejo, Mexico that was at the top of about 500 stairs, and we stayed there when it was 100 degrees and so humid that everything was wet all the time. This is like that, but hotter and wetter. It’s basically pointless to shower.
It’s beautiful. So far we’ve just been in Bangkok, which is a big city so lots of concrete, like anywhere (there’s a Starbucks around the corner), but we visited the King’s Palace, and some of the temples today, and it’s just mind-blowingly gorgeous.
We leave for Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand tomorrow, and I’m so excited to see the country away from the big city.