After two days of non-stop travel, I finally arrived at a friends house on the outskirts of Bangkok. After a few hours of shuteye, and an incredible home cooked Thai meal, I found myself on a wild ride through the heart of Bangkok during a full moon.
My friends spent the afternoon and evening guiding me through the extensive matrix that is Bangkok. Thais are some of the most fun and friendliest people in the world.
I took these photos yesterday, during our first afternoon flowing seamlessly through the controlled chaos downtown. Transitioning from each car, subway, sky train, house, boat, meal, and family member has been a sensory overload in all the right ways.
As you can see, I slowed down the shutter speed to try to capture the intoxicating feeling that hits when you arrive in the belly of Bangkok after the long flights. It’s a technique my father has mastered with photography, but I have just begun experimenting with. Have to thank him so much for letting me borrow his quality camera and lens for this trip, and for helping me figure out how to use it.
As you can see, there is a little traffic around here. Above are the Sky Train tracks, and the subway runs below the streets.
At this point we had only been in central Bangkok for a few hours, and already stumbled across Muay Thai kickboxing match. Watched the guy in blue trunks get knocked out in the 2nd round.
As the sun was setting, I hopped on another Sky Train into an old quarter for traditional local dinner. It was delicious.
I took this boat down the river to get to the restaurant. Transportation cost next to nothing, and is very efficient once you get out of the car.
I finished the huge meal and took a walk around the old part of town before heading back to the house for the night. Bangkok is a city full of inspiration, creativity, and it never sleeps.
Tomorrow I am hopping on a sleep train to the jungle above Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand, so psyched!