Ticklish feet in Chinatown
After a spiritual ten days barefoot in the rugged northern Thai mountains, I made my way back to civilisation, to the comforts of Thai massages and Western food in Bangkok.
On March 8th, I started my second chance to see the big city. This time I was ready for it! I knew where to go and how to get there, having learned from my first visit.
Riverview Guest House
I took the MRT subway system directly to Hua Lamphong and checked into Riverview Guest House. For the first time in weeks I had a real thick mattress, a pressed towel and a Western toilet! The little comforts eh!
At 300 baht per night, this hotel was among my most pricey accommodations in Thailand. However, it was worth it for having access to the amazing rooftop restaurant! I sat looking out at the continuously in motion city and river way of Bangkok. I settled in on the comfy couch, sipped my Expresso and spent the morning writing of my most recent wonderful experience: Sahai Nan. Here, I met some really kind travellers from England, France & Spain!
Just a short walk through the narrow and dirty machinery filled streets of Chinatown (old engines and car parts piled high), Food and market stalls offer a wide variety of delicious and cheap street food! Yum.
Loftel cafe in Chinatown is awesome! I can’t recommend it enough! It’s a modern western Cafe that offers really tasty waffle sandwiches, ice cream sundaes an affordable cappuccino!
Thai Foot Massage
With the daylight fading on my last full day in Thailand, I had yet to experience the famous Thai massage! I wondered out into the streets in search of a respectable and affordable establishment. I found Magic Hands Massage.
At this point, I had been on the road backpacking for over two months covering who knows how many kilometres of travel across three countries. My body has been shaped, firmed and punished. I opted for the foot, shoulder and neck massage for 250 baht for 60 minutes.
Simply put, the massage was magically enjoyable, I loved it.
In all honesty, I was a little uncomfortable having such a personal service simply for my enjoyment; my prior experiences for body work have always been for a necessity at either a chiropractor or a physiotherapist. Now, I see it as a great way to treat myself. Yes, beware it’s a little painful but overall I found the experience incredibly hilarious and relaxing! At one point, my masseuse was tickling my feet to a near tormenting level. Like a child I twisted and turned. Neither I nor my masseuse could stop laughing, disrupting the entire parlour for a solid ten minutes. Despite my masseuse’s encouragement to lay back and relax, we made small talk, joked around, and I even showed her a picture of my awful Jack Sparrow Costume after she had told me of my likeness.
DMK Saying goodbye to Thailand
Straight from the massage parlour to the airport. After my late night massage, I made my way to DMK airport via the MRT subway and bus A1 from Mor chit (92 baht combined). Due to an 8am flight and my constant mistakes using public transportation, I decided to sleep at the airport.
I found a quiet corner and took out my sleeping bag and travel pillow. Although I didn’t get much sleep, it wasn’t terrible. Come dawn, I checked my bag and wandered through security.
Looking out at the runway from Starbucks, I said goodbye to Thailand. I really enjoyed this spiritual, free & funky and beautiful country.