Today was our first full day in Bangkok. I am here with my boyfriend Mogli and his two friends from Ibiza, Aaron and Faye. I hadn’t met them yet, so looking forward to getting to know them more. We arrived at our hotel severely jet lagged yesterday, so spent the day relaxing, sleeping eating and catching up to be on Bangkok time.
We walked down to Koh San Road, the travellers road. On our way we saw a couple of temples, The Grand Palace and lots of Tuk Tuks speeding around the roads, cutting up taxis and buses. From what I had heard, Koh San was full of clothes stalls selling harem trousers, printed shirts, jewellery, headphones and street food for pennies, and it didn’t disappoint. I was like a baby to a smart phone with the variety of brightly coloured harem trousers and street food stalls! It was Rambuttri village, a road running parallel to Koh San that caught my attention, for it was slightly quieter, more quaint, but still with plenty of choice.
Our first Bangkok breakfast left me searching for the healthiest thing on the menu, I ordered a fresh coconut juice. Insanely delicious and so hydrating as we were sitting in 30’c heat at 9.30am.
I ordered a plate of spicy prawns with lemongrass with a green salad. Lemongrass is packed with antioxidants, its main component is lemonal or citral, which has anti-fungal and antimicrobial qualities, while also providing a distinct lemony smell.
Revitalise tip: no matter where you are, add Lemongrass to your diet. It’s detoxifying properties helps flush out harmful toxins from the body, and it’s also a diuretic so prepare to be weeing a lot!
Studies have also shown that it is beneficial in the prevention of gastrointestinal disorders such as gastric ulcers, helps in stimulating the bowel function, and improves digestion. The anti-inflammatory properties of lemongrass are beneficial for treating constipation, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, nausea and stomach aches.
I like to start my day with fresh green veg to get my hit of fibre and energy to start the day. I cannot believe I used to eat toast and cereal for breakfast! It’s the normal thing in the UK, yet when you think about it, why would you feed yourself foods packed with refined sugar and no nutrition that’s going to leave you craving sugar and having an energy lull a couple of hours later? Despite how good it tastes, I’d rather feel great all day without food controlling me. My meal was delicious and just enough.
All four of us then decided to treat our tired feet to a foot massage for the bargain price of 120 Baht for thirty minutes. This is the equivalent of £2.50! Crazy prices, but it does make you think twice about spending £40 on the equivalent treatment back at home. I’ve spent that type of money numerous times at home and it didn’t feel half as good, maybe because I wasn’t in Thailand, happy as Larry with no work on apart from coaching clients and creating new products; or maybe I didn’t appreciate every minute of that £40 massage like I should have done.
We mooched for a bit, soaking up the sights and then we decided to have a siesta before heading back out for dinner, so I got in my first ever Tuk Tuk! I didn’t know what to expect, but it felt like I was in Mario Kart as we darted through the busy Bangkok traffic, as the smell of local street food mixed with car fumes and the afternoon heat hit us, It smelled like holiday. You know that holiday smell. Lovely jubbly.
As the sun was beaming it’s beautiful hot rays, we spent a couple of hours relaxing by the pool at the hotel before getting ready for our night out. I’m not a big drinker and we were getting up at 6 for a tour so it was a quiet evening of sampling more food and local culture including a Ping Pong show. If you don’t know what one of those is, let’s just say the ladies of Bangkok were creative with what they could do with their lady bits!! It was highly very amusing, we laughed so much!!
Revitalise Tip: Embrace the new, soak up the food, the people, the events and let your pre conceptions disappear so you can fully enjoy where you are. I saw Westerns eating McDonalds and drinking in Starbucks which aside from the obvious lack of nutrition, isn’t why you to come to Thailand.
Until next time…