26 hours and over 7,000 miles after leaving Houston, I have arrived in Bangkok, Thailand (Houston to LAX to Narita to Bangkok). I have been exploring this culture rich city for almost a week and have fallen in love with the people and their food. Street vendors pedal food on almost every corner and in-between so if you truly wish to experience Bangkok then thats all you eat. Meals usually cost from $1.10 to $1.95! You can eat like a king for pennies a day.
Hostels are almost as common as the street vendors here in Bangkok, and there is always someone to go exploring with if you wish. All the backpackers are in the same mindset: explore, experience and meet new people.
The only official touristy thing I have done so far is visit Wat Po, which is one of the oldest and largest Wats (temples) and is located on the Chao Phraya river in the center of Bangkok. To get there I embarked on a 20 minute walk from my hostel, then a 20 minute water taxi from Sathorn to Tha Tien station.
Wat Po houses the famous reclining buddha and is home to more than one-thousand buddha images, 91 chides and a maze of cloisters that I kept getting turned around in. At one point I gave up trying to find my way out and started contemplating life as a monk if I never found the exit. In the end I did find the exit and left with some amazing photos of the temple.
I continue to do crossfit and have met some really interesting people at the box I go to, Ten500 Crossfit. Amongst those people is my Kiwi buddy, Scott and his girlfriend. He lives in Australia while his girlfriend, Cam live here in Bangkok and teaches english. We have spent some amazing sunsets on top of her 28 story apartment shooting photos and having drinks and I cannot thank them enough for their hospitality.
Next stop is Vietnam for a week to make a few bucks training guys on refurbishing personal transfer devices that my dad's company makes. I can't wait to see what Vietnam has to offer!