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What I miss most about Bangkok

Even though I am happy to be back home and even though I now have a deeper appreciation for Cape Town, there are things that I miss about living in Bangkok.

I miss the fruit, on every corner, everywhere and the fact that it is so cheap. The fruit there for some reason tastes so much better than the fruit here. Mangoes are sweeter and juicer.

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I miss the availability and options of public transport. A cab at 3 in the morning? No problem. The Skytrain runs until midnight and is always clean. Buses that costs only a few cents to get all the way to the other side of the city. Motorbike taxis that zip through traffic to get you somewhere quickly. The Chao Praya Express boat if you want to get around the city on water. Never  having to take tuk-tuks because they are such a tourist rip off and knowing how to get around using all the other options.

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The friendly people, more importantly, the friendly Muslim neighbourhood I lived in. Becoming regulars at the restaurants and with the street vendors and having them keep my favourite things aside for me.

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Malls!! They are simply amazing. Which is surprising because I despise malls and avoid them like the plague. From major fashion designers to quirky little boutique stores they have everything and the aircon is pure bliss.

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Free WiFi everywhere and I mean everywhere, even at temples. My YouTube addiction was activated in Thailand and now that I am back home the price of data bundles absolutely kill me.

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7 Eleven – perhaps a weird thing to add but 7 Elevens here are something else. They sell everything from make-up to painkillers, DVDs to pre-packaged hard-boiled eggs, stationery and quick meals for one. They also don’t have insane mark-up and are sometimes even cheaper than supermarkets.

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There are so many more little things that I miss that I cannot even think of now and of course there are many things that I do not miss. One thing that I do know is that I do not regret a second of it all and would love to go back one day.

 

 

 

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Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn

Perhaps not as famous as Wat Phra Kaew with its emerald Buddha or Wat Pho with its giant reclining Buddha but it is no less imposing. Situated along the Chao Praya river, from afar it looks like an old water stained temple but close up you can see thousands of pieces of mosaic set into stonework of the temple. Two flights of stairs takes you to the top of the temple which gives you a few of the river and the Grand Palace on the other side of the river. Only on my way back down did I realise how high I climbed and how steep the stairs, and for someone not usually afraid of heights it was a dizzy descent.

DSCF6055 How to get there: From Saphan Taksin BTS skytrain station you can walk over to Sathorn Pier, take the Chao Praya Express boat which costs about 15 baht, get off at Tha Tien Pier and from there you need to take another ferry to get to the other side of the river which costs 3 baht. Entrance fee 100 Baht.

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