I’m flying from Yangon to Bangkok, Thailand. It is kind of a short flight. At the check-in, I noticed some Burmese “Misses” I guess because they were wearing a Miss strip. Yangon airport is small and has no places to buy food or drinks.
I was thinking that Myanmar was super hot, Bangkok was much more. I was struggling with the heat the 1st hours after landing. On this flight from Nok airlines, I met an Italian traveler with a nice story to tell. I met him on the airplane and talked to him for some hours and we say goodbye. That was just a transfer flight to him, but this is again to show that traveling alone gives you even more opportunities to meet new people usually with interesting stories to tell.
Like I did in Myanmar, the first thing I do in Thailand is to buy a SIM card. Stupid thing. Don’t do it. Buying this in the airport is much more expensive than anywhere else, so if you can, just wait to buy it once you are in the city. I needed to do it because I don’t have space on my phone to install maps me- Yeah, my bad.
This time I decided to go the easiest way to the Hostel. I installed Grab application that is the best way to move to Thailand. I also used it in Vietnam and it is the most popular App to move around. You can also use it in Yangon and Cambodia. My ride from the airport to the Hostel was really expensive. It was the most expensive ride I had besides the ones I’m moving to a different city. It is still quite a ride from the airport to Kao San road. The hostel where I stayed is a 5min walk from Kao San road and this the most popular street in Bangkok for parties.
I arrive at the Hostel after 4 PM so this day I’m not exploring anything. I will be in Bangkok for 5 nights so I have plenty of time to meet the city in a calm way. So far, Bangkok is the biggest city I have ever been in my life, full of skyscrapers and looking the cleanest one of this trip until this day.
I used to hear several people saying that the city is dirty but I don’t agree at all. I have been to India so my concept of a dirty city is very different, so I don’t judge people who state that. Just for me, it is the cleanest place haha. Travelers from India, Myanmar, Cambodia, and Vietnam are very different from the ones you find in Thailand. Thailand is more of a touristic destination so the spirit among travelers is different. You find a lot of people just spending some days and wanting to party. That’s not my favorite type of travel. Another big difference for me was the judgments and ways travelers act. While before getting to Thailand no one cares that I’m wearing the same clothes every day, here in Thailand travelers pay much more attention to fashion.
Basically, in Thailand, I wasn’t feeling so special. In India and Myanmar I was for many times the only traveler around, and in Thailand is kind of impossible not to see tourists.