LIFE IN THE SKY : Bangkok,Thailand →2015
“The respect + love for humanity that’s why I travel. We are all special and gifted beings, no matter our religious differences. The message should be peace, love and prosperity. There should be no adversity but solidarity.”- Henry Johnson Jr
(Prathet Thai), the land of beautiful people. In mid-May, for the first time in so many years, I am alive. I have always wanted to travel the world, and it has been my aspirations as a kid. Don’t get me wrong, I have also been to many countries. But Thailand was different. As a kid, while in middle school, I would Google South East Asia and read about its history. One thing which keeps on bringing me back to the history was “the Love for Humanity” and the videos from youtube that explore Thailand and its culture. The people are warmed hearted and through their civil generosity, one is driven to fall in love with the country.
Bangkok was an experience that would bound me to go back time after time. It is a city that never sleeps. It is the travel hub city of Southeast Asia. Most people coming into Thailand fly into Bangkok. My trip to Bangkok in May of 2015 was to shoot a short film with my Thailand friend Napat Tangsanga. With its lush, beautiful nightlife, fantastic food, and low prices, Bangkok attracts tourist from all over the world. It is by far my favorite country on the planet! You can find super cheap hotels for 15 to 45 dollars a night, and then seemingly right next door you can also find resorts charging 2,000 USD a night!
With all the variation, finding reasonable accommodations is doable. Travel through Bangkok is easy. The tuk-tuk is very cheap, and the street foods are beyond amazing. I lodged in Fortuna Hotel off Soi 5, in the middle of the Tourist attractions. Fortuna Hotel is positioned at Soi 5, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.
I stayed at this hotel from May 4th of 2015 to May 14th of 2015. My Thai friend (Thailand’s best young Filmmaker) Napat Tangsanga recommended me to this hotel because he knew the owner. I got a free discount. The staff was very friendly and open minded. The hotel is great for the price. It has a great location, and it is in the middle of the Bangkok’s nightlife. I was very comfortable staying in at this hotel. God willing, next year if I ever travel back to Bangkok, I will lodge in this hotel again.Fortuna Hotel is a middle size clean and friendly hotel in downtown Bangkok city on Sukhumvit Road; close to sky train station, shopping and entertainment places, supermarkets, and famous tourist spots. The mall, Terminal 21, is about half a mile away. It’s walkable.
The hotel provides international tourist class facilities with personal care in its cozy environment. Many of the tourists who lodges in Fortuna are of Arabs descent. They are honestly friendly and open minded. I also saw a few Japanese during my stay and sums of British expats. Fortuna is a five story convenience hotel, luxurious and suite rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, restaurant and bar, cafe (variety of good coffee, tea, other drinks, and snacks), fitness center, Thai traditional massage rooms and lobby. Internet terminals, news, and magazines are available. I was able to have the owner of the hotel to get a copy of my book free of charged. It is not only a place to stay but also to do business and meet with friends and associates.
Nearby Fortuna hotel is Foodland supermarket, a handicraft center, Nana night plaza, Thai Massages boutique, various saloons and eateries of many different nationalities. Foodland Supermarket was an interesting place to shop. After touring the city, I would stopped by for a drink and I would be overwhelmed with cultures. Being surrounded by cultures is a beautiful thing, especially in Bangkok. Nana sky train station is a 5 minutes walk from the hotel, thus making travel to other famous destinations easy and accessible. The expressway entry-exist point is only two blocks distant from Fortuna.
I love everything about Thailand. The only thing that I didn’t like were Western sex tourists who exploited young Thai women. This disgust me and I were uncomfortable every time I saw the interactions between those tourist and Thai women. Apart from that, I enjoyed the nightly life and the Thai cuisine. Foods were cheap in Bangkok. The street food costs as little as 15 THB, though on average you’ll spend about 25–45 THB per meal if you want something filling.
There are Mc Donalds, Starbucks, Burger King and any other Western restaurant that you can think of everywhere in the city. If you stick to the local street food, you can eat for around 110–145 THB a day. Most western dishes (burgers, pizza, pasta, etc.) cost between 200–360 THB, though they can be higher in the fancier western establishments.
Food within the city is so cheap; I think that there’s no point in grocery shopping unless you’re looking to get some pre-made slaws or products from local shops on the streets. Bangkok never sleeps, they party hard from sunset to dawn and the next day the same. Buying beer at Thailand’s ubiquitous 7-Elevens and drinking outside will save you quite a bit on your bar price. It’s something that I learned while staying in Bangkok. Never go to the pub just to spend because you got U.S. dollars to waste. Spend wisely when clubbing in Bangkok and make sure that you keep your cash and passport somewhere safe whenever you are partying hard.
The hearts of Bangkok are made of gold; this beautiful city with friendly and open minded people is a must-see. Most travelers who are open minded to other cultures will fit right in regardless of their race, religion, status or cultural disparities. Bangkok welcomes you, explore beautiful Buddhist temples, palaces, amazing floating river markets, shops, one of the insane nightlife exhibitions in the world, and of course, amazing Thai food. Don’t travel to Thailand for sex tourism; please trip to Thailand because of the respect + love for humanity.