Robert Schrader in a Cave Temple near Bangkok, Thailand

Oops…I Did it Again!

I didn’t plan to blog about my latest trip to Bangkok. In fact, as you might’ve noticed, I didn’t even announce I was going, except to my close personal friends.

The trip was supposed be a sort of vacation: No blogging, no social media and, for all intents and purposes, no discovery or exploration. The idea was to lock myself up in a swanky hotel (specifically this one) and spend my mornings working out, my days writing things that had nothing to do with Leave Your Daily Hell and my evenings seeing the many friends I’ve accumulated over my dozen previous visits to Thailand’s City of Angels.

But the possibility that this visit to Bangkok would go as planned flew out the window immediately.

You see, while on a layover in Tokyo, I ran into JohnMark, an Austin friend of mine who had never previously, to my knowledge, been out the country. His final destination? Yep, you guessed it.

“I still can’t believe we’re both here,” he exclaimed the following afternoon, as we traipsed through the floating market at Amphawa, about 90 minutes west of Bangkok. “I mean, how serendipitous is this?”

Serendipitous or not, I still wanted to stick to my plan following our goodbye that evening after rooftop cocktails. It was nice to finally get there, I said, reflecting on the fact that I’d never previously been to a floating market. But tomorrow, you need to write—no more travel blogger behavior on this trip!

To be sure, I woke up at the crack of dawn and after a morning run through Lumphini Park and an hour at the gym, opened the text document of ideas and thought fragments I’d assembled before my trip, and started pouring out my head, stream-of-consciousness style.

My focus quickly waned, however, as I gazed out the window of my room toward the Bangkok skyline. I want to be out there, I sighed. I need to be out there.

“But what a minute,” you’re probably saying, scratching your head. “Isn’t Bangkok your favorite city in the world? And aren’t you, like, a travel blogger? Something’s amiss here and I don’t know what it is.”

A couple things, actually.

The strange thing about being a blogger is that while, on the surface, it affords one limitless opportunities for creative expression (namely writing), the truth is that a blog itself is a constrictive format, to say nothing of how the business of blogging can further strangle the development of ideas that don’t relate directly to said blog.

I knew I needed to escape temporarily, both from my “real life” in Austin and the business I’ve built discovering destinations that are new to me. I figured that Bangkok, a city I know better than any other place I’ve traveled, would be my best shot at being “away” without being distracted from writing by fanfare or novelty.

Indeed, my readers prefer when I discover new destinations, and not write about ones I’ve visited many times. In fact, some have been so bold as to email me directly and chide me for writing about Bangkok and Thailand as much as I do. Fear of additional such correspondence further motivated to me set the deliberate intention of not writing any blog posts or creating any social media content related to this trip.

But the truth is that Thailand—especially Bangkok—is my favorite place in the world. Frankly, as much as I enjoy getting to know places I’ve never been, I would be perfectly content traveling only to Thailand (and a few other destinations in Asia, particularly Japan) for the rest of my life—if I knew a good percentage of my readership wouldn’t evaporate in protest, that is.

And the truth is that amazing Thailand, as the marketing slogan goes, always amazes me. I was too inspired and stimulated during the week I just spent in and around Bangkok, exploring not only Amphawa Floating Market, but the provinces of Nakhon Prathom and Ratchaburi, to stay inside my fancy hotel and write. And I’m too pleased with photos I’ve taken not to share them here.

Those of you who believe I travel to and write about Bangkok too much can kindly sit down. For those of you who are open to seeing how this incredible city continues to challenge and charm me, even after my thirteenth visit to it, I hope you enjoy the images I’m about to share with you.


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Zascha November 15, 2015 at 10:18 am

I love reading blogs about Bangkok! I haven’t been there myself – yet – but I’m always so amazed with people’s pictures and stories. Can’t wait to experience it myself!

Dan Saba | Path XO November 18, 2015 at 7:07 am

I’m on my way there at the end of this month and I keep hearing everyone tell me to get in and out of Bangkok as soon as I can. But this definitely makes me keen on sticking around for an extra few days before heading off to see the rest of the country. Glad you can post honestly about your love for the place.

Robert Schrader December 1, 2015 at 7:47 am

Bangkok is an incredible city, people who don’t like it are fools.

Jeffrey Badal December 3, 2015 at 6:23 pm

I have a friend who’ve been to Bangkok and he said that this city captured his heart. No wonder you were so in love to this city too.

Priya December 4, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Bangkok is a fascinating city. This is an amazing post and it’s pictures are very attractive. I haven’t been there yet but I’m always love reading such kind of blogs about travel. I found some more interesting information about Bangkok on this page:

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