Traffic in Bangkok

Why I’m Flying Back to Bangkok Today

A few weeks ago, I was Skyping with that non-traveling boy I mentioned several entries back, when he asked me what I would be doing for the rest of the year. “You know,” he clarified, “if you don’t come here.”

“Crying in my room,” I joked, assuming that I would never have to find out. (If you’ve already read the entry I just linked, you obviously know I did. If you haven’t, go read it – here’s the link again!)

To be sure, I’ve spent a fair few nights crying in my room since homeboy and I said goodbye for the last time more than a month ago. But the fact is that before he stumbled into my life one night in early March, I had always mentally reserved the month of June for a return to Southeast Asia, and in particular Bangkok, a city regular readers will know I consider my spiritual home.

My teeth are the primary reason I'm on my way back to Thailand today

My teeth are the primary reason I'm on my way back to Thailand today

Although, as my spiritual home, Bangkok is a city that could draw me back at any time of year, as frequently as I could afford to travel there, my primary reason for wanting to return now is actually quite a boring one: My teeth (One of the many reasons I travel to Thailand as often as I do, you might remember, is because of cheap, high-quality dental care) are still pretty fucked.

My love affair with sweet, delicious iced tea would make my dentist cringe

My love affair with sweet, delicious Thai iced tea would make my dentist cringe

In fact, a lot of my reasons for returning to Bangkok at this particular moment are practical in nature. I wear contact lenses, for example, and since you can buy contacts dirty-cheap at most SkyTrain stations in central Bangkok, I typically just stock up on a year’s supply whenever I visit.

OMG shoes! I don't love Converse, but the bevy of cheap consumer goods in Thailand is a deciding factor in me heading back right now

OMG shoes! I don't love Converse, but the bevy of cheap consumer goods in Thailand is a deciding factor in me heading back right now

Likewise, I need new iPhone accessories, Havaianas flip-flop and sexy underwear, to name just a few items I’ll be stocking up on. I would just as soon buy fakes in Thailand – which are, in many cases, higher quality than the authentic items – than pay full price here in the U.S.

The contrast between ancient and modern in Bangkok is enough to draw me back on its own

The contrast between ancient and modern in Bangkok is enough to draw me back on its own

But my return to Bangkok is not just about counterfeit consumer goods, cheap massages and all the Thai Iced Tea I can drink. I’ll also be meeting some fellow travel bloggers! The wonderful Jason, aka Hiatus4Life, arrives in Bangkok just a few days before I do. I’m also itching to meet Backpacker Becki, although I may have to take a quick excursion to Chiang Mai to do that.

Another delightful contrast in Bangkok is that between nature and civilization

Another delightful contrast in Bangkok is that between nature and civilization

If all goes as planned at the dentist – I believe I just need a few fillings, and no new root canals – I’ll only be staying in Bangkok for six days, before flying to Sri Lanka for two weeks to take a trip I had booked and paid for last year, but had to cancel on account of AirAsia canceling their Bangkok-Colombo route at the last minute.

Once I’m finished in Sri Lanka, I’ll make a one-day pit stop back in Thailand’s City of Angels, before heading back to the U.S. to see my family in St. Louis, then rest in Austin a few weeks before heading over the other ocean for six weeks in Europe and The Middle East.

I look forward to being on the road again and, of course, to providing you all with awesome stories and images all along the way. Speaking of which, they just called boarding for my flight. See you in Thailand!

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is the author of 537 posts on Leave Your Daily Hell. Robert founded Leave Your Daily Hell in 2010 so that other travelers would have an entertaining, reliable source of information, advice and inspiration at their fingertips. Want to travel more often? Subscribe to email updates today!

  • disqus_OEgZBXFVyT

    great reason to visit thailand, i agree that these countries keep your budget under control. can you please give me the website or adress of the dentist???any idea how much they charge for a crown?

  • http://travelsofadam.com Adam

    What’s your plan for the Middle East?

  • http://leaveyourdailyhell.com Robert Schrader

    Adam, it’s not 100% decided yet. It will almost certainly include Israel. Which other countries will depend on how I’m feeling at the time – I think after a month in Europe I’ll be pretty tired!

  • http://www.hiatus4life.com/ Jason Jones

    Was an absolute pleasure meeting you yesterday and spending a day in your favorite city! Thanks again, Mr. Schrader!

  • https://plus.google.com/116480057469316097585?rel=author Robert Schrader

    You’re welcome Mr. Jones. So happy to have met you!

  • http://leaveyourdailyhell.com Robert Schrader

    You’re welcome Mr. Jones. So happy to have met you!

  • Rebecca Enright

    HURRY UP and get to Chiang Mai boy – Backpacker Becki is waiting for you! :)

  • Jacob Marlfoyle

    Hello. I’m going to Bangkok this year end.
    Any places great for shopping and restaurants or food we should try? Is it hard to navigate yourselves at Bangkok? Is communication hard? Sorry for asking so many questions. It’s my first time.

  • http://leaveyourdailyhell.com Robert Schrader

    Bangkok can be maddening, but that’s part of the fun. My favorite areas to drink and eat are Sukhumvit (BTS: Asok or Nana), Silom (BTS: Sala Daeng) and Khao San Road (take a “Chao Phraya Expres” boat from Sathorn Pier, BTS: Saphan Taskin)

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