day 5. On this beautiful summers day I’m grateful for .. moving out of plans that no longer fit and feeling the excitement of transitioning into new adventures the kindness & help of my wonderful brother in moving out of my apartment this morning long Sunday brunches in the summers sunshine ? all the feels (and Mexican anticipation) from watching Coco for the millionth time lovely messages from dear friends (today’s photo from Bangkok late last year)
Today's final Thailand day was spent cavorting around the canals of Bangkok & exploring parts of the city tourists rarely find their way to. We explored the full length of the Soeng Saep canal on the local Khlong boat, taking us from bustling Bangkok city out to the tranquil suburbs and back again. The scenery was never-repeating and the banks of the canals brought us gold-leaf-laquered Wats, teetering teak shanty-houses and riverside noodle-stops balancing precariously over the murky river waters. In less than 30minutes we were out in Bangkok suburbs – a quiet pace of life with the sounds of chirping birds and the sploshing of occasional passing boats.. a scene far removed from most peoples vision of 'crazy Bangkok'. Just shows, it always pays to get off the beaten track and see what a city truly has to offer past the well-worn tourist paths.
So after 24hrs from hotel -> hotel, we traversed nearly 800km across Thailand via mini bus + overnight train. After 24hrs awake, sleeper class sold out and a night spent upright with the company of Disney movies (Aladdin anyone??) and a series of overtired meltdowns, here we are. Bangkok remains a city I always love, and could spend endless time exploring the canals, backstreets and markets of this incredible city. However, exhaustion wins and an early night is on the cards.. just this once.