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What Happens In Bangkok… REALLY HAPPENS In Bangkok

Getting from Luang Prabang, Laos to Bangkok, Thailand seemed like an epic voyage filled with multiple mini-adventures like yet another crappy night bus from Luang Prabang to Vientiane, getting dropped off at a gate, in the rain, where a woman let us in in her PJs and welcomed us to sit in her home until their office opened (a dog peed on the floor which they just walked around, when I went to use the restroom the rain fell on me as well, and the woman continued to walk around cleaning things up in her teeny-tiny night dress), an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet in an upscale hotel, a train from Vientiane just across the river to Thailand and then our big beautiful night bus, which I LOVED!

IMG_6918 I turned my super spacious bunk, with a privacy curtain, into an office on tracks. (We didn’t splurge for first class, and honestly, there was no need to. We used second class, had individual bunks, and air-conditioning.) I not only was able to make good use of my time while traveling, but I also slept amazingly well!

We arrived in Bangkok around 6am, and surfaced to find a tuk-tuk and bartered him down to a somewhat reasonable price to take us to our hostel: Mile Map Hostel. We were there a few hours too early to check in, so we left our bags and went to find something to eat for breakfast! collage

We, of course, sprung for iced coffee, something I crave daily in the U.S., and we picked up some interesting foods. All for $1.68!

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$1.68 bought me an iced coffee, corn on the cob and this delicious little pork biscuit. Yum, yum, yum! IMG_6938

After checking into our room and getting upgraded, for the first time in my life, to a private room instead of an 8-person dorm we decided to hit the streets of Bangkok and explore a bit!

We had pad thai from a street vendor who sat us at a table and then went across the street to cook it for us. After lunch we went to this amazing little cafe I had read about for some writing time! IMG_6940

Too Fast To Sleep is this stunning cafe filled with books, cozy places to sit, sketchy internet and delicious smoothies! We didn’t stay here as long as I though I would because they had about 6 different wifi’s to connect to, but it would disconnect you every 7 minutes or so and you had to reconnect to a new network using this ridiculously long caps-sensitive, nonsense password. It definitely messed with my creative process, so there wasn’t much writing going on. It is, however, a perfect place to read or meet up with friends for coffee or a smoothie. IMG_6946

My little office for the day IMG_6948 IMG_6950

Such a seriously cozy space!

Then, on the way back to our hostel I was taking a shortcut on the map, looking down at it and not paying attention to where I was going. Stacey asked me repeatedly if I knew where I was going, and I couldn’t understand why, until she finally told me that someone tried to hand her a card of sex positions for her to choose from. At that point I looked up and realized we were most definitely in the sex district of Patpong. This was not a place that either of us had any sort of desire to visit, but we did. IMG_6954

When I heard about the sex district of Bangkok and all those crazy stories, I thought it was one of those things that there are crazy rumors about, but aren’t really true. You hear “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, but of the dozens of people I know that have been to Vegas, no one comes back with crazy stories. This was where I learned that what happens in Bangkok, really happens in Bangkok. I was shocked as men grabbed my arm asking if I wanted to go inside with them, people walked up to us with sex position cards and women were dancing on poles. We went to the night market which just so happened to also be in Patpong. It was here that we first got offered tickets to the Ping Pong Show. Now, if you’re like me, you might be curious as to what a Ping Pong Show is… Well, my naive self went back to the hostel and googled it and it’s a show where women perform tricks by shooting & pulling things out of their genitals… I was truly in shock reading about this, so I FaceTimed my mom and told her & my aunt about it. We were all amazed by this, and I was still curious, to be honest. The next night while back at the night market a tiny Thai woman told us to follow her and grabbed my arm. We went up the stairs to the building below… Pardon the language.


I went upstairs passing men leaving; Stacey and I exchanged glances of curiosity and a bit of fear. Inside, we found a stage with 8 topless women who immediately pulled their bottoms down as we walked in. The woman handed us a list of shows that the women would perform and a price. We were curious enough to want to see if this is what truly happened, but not enough to watch the show. As the lady gave us beers and shoved us in a booth she also handed us a ping pong paddle. We looked at each other in terror as I looked up to see a woman pulling about 5 feet of fake flowers strewn together out of herself… We got up and tried to leave as the woman followed us demanding money and I said I would only pay for the beers, handed her some Baht and got the heck out of there. So, while I can’t attest to all the sexual acts they say happen in Thailand, I can say that this truly happens.


Bangkok at night is a beautiful site

This is the common area of the Mile Map Hostel. I really liked staying here. I can’t say how the dorm rooms were, but the private room was quite nice. The only thing I will say not to do here is laundry. Their dryer doesn’t work very well, so it’s better to just pay for someone to do the laundry for you.


One of the coolest experiences we had in Bangkok was doing the Dialogue in the Dark. This is an interactive experience where you’re put through several scenarios in the complete dark to simulate the life of a blind person. You’re given a guide, ours was fantastic and loved to play jokes on me because he learned very quickly that I’m super jumpy! We ordered snacks, went to a market and rode a car all in the dark and it was a truly amazing experience and was really eye-opening. I think everyone should visit this just to experience, only for about an hour, how a blind person lives out his or her every day life. IMG_7002 IMG_7016

Terminal 21 is a massive mall in Bangkok that offers, not only shopping & eating opportunities, but also has a really cool theme that different levels represent different countries and cities. It’s a really interesting idea and a beautiful mall! IMG_7025

This is Istanbul IMG_7027

The View from Terminal 21 IMG_7028 IMG_7035

The San Francisco Level

The Japan Level (above and below) IMG_7043 IMG_7044

A View From the Top

IMG_7324 We found this beautiful mural on a random street in Bangkok, right before we took our bus to Kanchanaburi. It was the perfect inspiration, filled with elephants, for our time at the zoo!

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  • Reply
    wild life photos
    July 31, 2015 at 9:57 am

    yeah, good that you left that show!! I really feel pity for the women who have to work in the red-light district and believe that noone should support these shows – that’s also why I didn’t even visit the red-light district in Bangkok, because I think that the misery there should not become a tourist attraction in the first place!!

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      August 2, 2015 at 8:49 am

      I feel pity for them too. I truly had no intention of visiting the red-light district, but I have to admit my sense of curiosity got the better of me for a few minutes when I accidentally wandered into it. When I visit Bangkok again there will be no red-light district for me.

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        wild life photos
        August 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

        yes, I can understand the feeling of curiosity very much!! 😀 I cannot imagine what it must look like if a woman shoots a ping-pong-ball out of her “…”! But two minutes of reflecting on the whole thing and I decide to avoid the red-light district after all! In any case, have a great day!! 🙂

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          August 3, 2015 at 12:16 pm

          Oh, absolutely. I commend you for being better at controlling your curiosity than I was. 🙂 Thanks for reading and I hope you have a great day as well!

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    September 5, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Bangkok is indeed a happening place. There are so many facets of Bangkok, the spiritual, the material, the purely hedonistic and many more. We were in Bangkok for a couple of days but saw only the city of temples and the Buddha, and some shopping. Pretty boring I guess!

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    Tania Mukherjee
    September 20, 2017 at 5:00 am

    I was laughing a little when I read about a woman casually walking on dog pee! Save the wifi issue, Too Fast To Sleep looked very nice. Faulty wifi with disgusting password is also a common problem in India!

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    September 30, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Gosh, what an experience. I am not sure I’d have coped so well with the red light district. Love the bus bunks though – they look really cool

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    Candy & Crystal
    October 4, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    Hahahah, I heard about the ping pong story 10 years ago from a veteran who served during the vietnam war. He was docked in Thailand for a week and when I heard his stories, I knew it had to be true but didn’t want to believe it. And how awesome that you got upgraded. Going from sharing with 8 people to a private room is a serious upgrade!

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    Medha Verma
    February 11, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Oh this has reminded me of our visit to Bangkok. We did not have any crazy experiences in Patpong, maybe because we were a couple but we did get invited to a ping pong show lol. Bangkok is very crazy, I agree. Also, cheap! The street food is the best and it really does cost less than $4-5 for 2 people’s meals!

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