“sawa deekap!” that’s the first thai phrase I had to learn when I went to Bangkok 2 years ago. My friend and I splurge in the wonderful city of Bangkok. Filipinos and Thai have a lot in common. From physique to personalities we can go hand in hand. But when it comes to culture, Thai has a rich and vast ammenities.
I’m not gonna explore that topic rather but talk about my personal encounter. If there is one thing I must say, Thai are the friendliest people I’ve known. From the airport down to the sidemarket vendors, they all have one thing in common- they are warm & hospitable. It doesn’t come from a place of pretension. People are discreet but it takes kindness to show kindness. Every where you go, people greets you with a smile. Tour guides kiss your anxiety goodbye.
Aside from the very ( I say) affordable goods you can buy, the food is great, the noodles ahh, exquisite taste. I have noticed that the people are leading simple lives. you seldom find a race so contented, so at peace with who they are. Ive checked with a friend about their background and he says to me, Thai people ( most of them) do not aspire to go & work abroad if not necessary. Unlike us, ( filipinos) we are global 🙂 They do not succumb to work for people other than themselves. In a way, they have their dignity intact. Least of all to say, their simple living statutes comprised their life in general.
The traffic can go from minimal to extreme, especially in the main they say. At first, the smell of their food can be really difficult to tame . They like everything in extra spicy! wowza for my tastebuds. oooh, and one unforgettable thing we did is we walked from Paragon Mall up to Pratunam area where we let ourselves get lost and wander. not even an inch of fear took over us. Me & my friend’s kindred spirits roam around the city without a care of getting robbed or taken advantaged of. Probably, because people cant tell the difference if we are tourists or not unless we start talking. I remember Paulo Coehlo’s tips in travelling; he goes on to say – if you’re visiting a city, do not go to museums or tourist destination, go to places where the locals dwell and you will observe their way of living. and that’s exactly what we did, and boy! was it a maze. the streets and blocks were all too confusing and the signs well, we cannot read! haha, so we rummage on, ask a few for directions and on the way, we bought & ate & stalled ( in a good way) all along. It was such a fulfilling adventure! Taking pictures of candid scenes, memorable places, of rainbow-colored taxis, of a clown, of a boy strutting his hands on the mouth of a crocodile, of the elephant ride while splashing on the depth of the rivers, of the famous boat ride in the river, of the two guys who took a picture of us as well.
Reminiscing the feeling of being on that boat, while all of us getting stucked on the ride due to oh my what do you know, traffic! yes, their is traffic even in rivers! peaceful, relieving, happiness in my thoughts! That was in fact, the very first step i took in fulfilling my dream of travelling around the globe. Of being in a place that is totally different. Surreal but amazing. Of meeting people and observing their ways. They impact your life as much you impact theirs. It widens your understanding about humanity and relations. These are the reasons I want to travel; to feel the soul of the place. To embody the emotions, the serenity, the foul, the reality. It will enable you to better understand yourself. It will broaden your horizons. That there is a vast world out there. That you are not the only ones, living on your own, for your own, there are a lot of races out there, they too have a set of passion, fear, preference, language, happiness, beliefs, routine. When you meet people outside the context of your reference, you allow yourself to grow and you tolerate more.