We arrived in Bangkok at the Suvarnabhumi Airport a little after midday. We walked through an Ebola screening station which was surreal, and then stood in a loooong line at customs.
Once we got to the front of the queue, we were told that because we had flown through Ethiopia (WHICH IS NOT AN EBOLA AREA, PEOPLE), we had to go back for a health check and to fill in forms stating any Ebola symptoms. We also had to show our yellow vaccination cards and proof that we had Yellow Fever injections. Thank goodness I had the forethought to go to a travel clinic before we left, and the Sister there recommended we do the Yellow Fever vaccination, just to be covered. Otherwise, we would have been on a trip straight back home.
We eventually got through customs, and then walked through the overwhelming airport. We found our bags quickly – phew, one of my biggest concerns, and then bought a SIM card that was INSANELY cheap data because everyone knows I can’t not be connected to social media at all times, and then found our driver for the hotel. As we walked outside, the heat and humidity hit us like a brick wall. It is so hot in Thailand. As in awful, unbearable hot. As in, I didn’t want to be alive hot.
We then, immediately, got stuck in our first notorious Bangkok traffic jam but it was still nice to see the sights and sounds – like scooters driving on pavements, and the roads basically just being a free for all. And no one gets angry or has road rage!
We settled into our hotel, and quickly popped upstairs to the hotel rooftop to watch the sunset. We were tired but decided we couldn’t spend our first night in Bangkok in the hotel!
I had a sushi craving (as per usual), and TripAdvisor showed a great sushi restaurant nearby, so we decided to walk. And walk. And get lost. Suffice to say, TripAdvisor failed us and we found ourselves in the middle of nowhere. Desperately lost and hungry, we found a tiny street restaurant called ‘Steak!’, and the fact that there were lots of locals eating there gave us hope. We both ordered the pork with no clue what we’d receive. Turns out it was pork steak – who would’ve thunk it?! – with chips and a small salad. I can tell you, it was delicious. Although mine was raw in parts, so I couldn’t eat the whole thing. While we were eating the insane electricity power lines sparked and exploded – it was like watching fireworks with an element of death involved.
After dinner, we decided to explore. We hopped on the MRT which is basically their underground, bought our cards and hopped on. It was all very exciting and works so well. We made our way to Lumphini station.
And then we got lost. Again. We wandered for ages. Grumpy, hot Ross moaned and moaned. And we walked some more. Eventually we spotted spotlights in the night sky and found where we were headed! The Vertigo Rooftop Bar in Banyan Tree.
We made our way up to the 69th floor, climbed some stairs and were confronted with this view..
It was phenomenal and breathtaking. Photos don’t do it justice. It’s one of the highest rooftop bars in Bangkok and all around you, the massive and busy city sprawls out. Swanky music plays, the menus light up, and all the trendy people go there. We ordered the most expensive cocktails of our lives (R300 per cocktail) and they were the smallest, most average cocktails we’ve ever had. It was disappointing but we made sure to eat all the wasabi peanuts we could find to make up for the cost.
We got home, exhausted, and just as my head hit the pillow, the jet lag hit me full force in the face.. Ross, aka Mr Snore, not so much.