It’s hard to believe how quickly a week vacation went with my friend Chris, but all good thing must come to an end, right? (okay, maybe not always)
Thankfully, it wasn’t quite over. Even though we were set to leave Phuket to head back towards Bangkok, Chris didn’t actually fly out till Sunday afternoon. So, technically, we had another day and a half, which between the two of us, was plenty of time to do a few more things!
We did allow ourselves to sleep-in Saturday morning, which was much needed before we wandered Patong Beach to find breakfast. After breakfast, we ended up finding smoothies and a fish massage place. I think that’s what it’s called. You know, those big tanks of tiny fish that you put your feet into and the tiny fish eat the dead skin. That’s what we decided to do on our last day in Phuket, fish massages.
It was one of the strangest feelings, and I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s like a mix between a pedicure, tickling sensation, and mini, painless pinches over your entire foot.
We originally paid for 15 minutes, but the guy allowed us to stay for like 30 minutes. It was pretty excessive but it’s Thailand! We even kept telling him we were ready to be done, but he just sat there.
Once we finished with our fish massage, it was time we started gathering our things to wait for our taxi, which itself was slightly stressful, as our taxi was quite late. Good thing Phuket International Airport was a smaller airport and we were only taking a domestic flight.
The flight back to Bangkok was uneventful, and we quickly found our way to our hostel. When we initially planned this trip, I booked the two of us in a dorm room, but after a few days, I changed to a private room, to allow Chris the ability to spread out and pack easier.
The hostel, Niras Bangkoc Cultural Hostel, was located in the heart of Bangkok and is located across the street from a very famous restaurant. However, I didn’t know that at the time of the booking, but defiantly good to know for future reference.
Our night wasn’t that eventful. It was mostly Chris gathering a few last-minute items and walking around the neighborhood we were staying. The neighborhood was full of beautiful temples, a bit of traffic, and was close to the Giant Swing, a common tourist spot. Honestly, it was a bit underwhelming and uneventful, but I guess I can say we’ve seen it.
The next day, we woke up with little plans. However, since it was a Sunday, Chatuchak Weekend Market would be open. It’s one of the top things to see in Bangkok, and it’s where Chris and I decided to spend our half day.
Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the world’s largest weekend markets. It covers nearly 27 acres of land, has well over 15,000 booths, and is the perfect place to gather souvenirs or wander around.
I’ve been before, and since I was at the start of my 6-week backpacking adventure, I wasn’t really in the market for shopping, but it sure was fun watching Chris look around.
Our time quickly came to an end, and before I knew it, Chris and I were in a Grab taxi heading to the airport. Saying goodbye to Chris was hard, as it was so refreshing having a friend who knows me well, but it also meant that I was about to embark on my longest solo adventure ever.
After Chris left, I only had two things on my to-do list before changing hostels. First thing I needed to do was…get my second anti-rabies shot at a local hospital (SUPER EASY). The second thing I needed to do was to head to a mall and purchase a new GoPro because mine decided to break while on our Phi Phi Islands boat tour.
Thankfully, regarding my GoPro, I pay for GoPro Plus, which means I can send in my broken GoPro under warranty and get a new one. However, since I’m in Thailand, I needed to send it home with Chris to the USA to be covered, which just meant, I GOT TO BUY THE GOPRO 7, which is AMAZING!!! And I did!
My night concluded with me changing hostels, showering, and sleeping. I was heading off to Cambodia in the morning on a bus, and I didn’t want to miss it or be too tired.
Stay tuned for stories and adventures of my 19th country and second country of Southeast Asia!!!