Well, the time for beach bumming is over and it’s back to the big ol’ city where tuk-tuk drivers are relentless, the smells of street food fill the air, and the heat can’t be quenched anymore by dipping into the ocean.

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I’ve never been one for big cities. Never really liked the feeling of pushing my way through crowded streets, being harassed by street vendors, or feeling like the buildings were closing in all around me. But, once you get out of the touristy streets and away from the hawkers, it’s easy to see why so many people love this city.

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Old traditions and temples mingle with the new buildings and skyscrapers, while traffic looms below. Even the floating markets still retain some old world charm despite being overrun by tourists and high-speed long tail boats.

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It kind of makes you wonder where you are in the first place. Of course, when you stare straight up into the face of a 15m tall reclining Buddha, the reality of being in Bangkok is hard to avoid.

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In all honesty, I had no idea what I wanted to do in Thailand. All I knew is that I really love Thai food. And the more that I think about it, the more I realize that I plan most of my trips around food.

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I have never been able to recreate Thai food at home. So I guess the only real goal I had for this trip was to learn how to make Thai food. Lucky for me, there is a plethora of cooking classes available here. Our chef was amazing with her instruction and lessons in Thai ingredients. We started with a trip to the market where we learned all about the key ingredients in Thai food.

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The difference between boring ginger and Thai galangal ginger. What Kafir lime does, what a tamarind looks like and how to make fresh coconut milk.

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And not to toot my own horn, but damn if that wasn’t the best pad thai that I had since arriving in Thailand. Haha, ok, maybe it wasn’t the best, but there was something really satisfying in making it ourselves. No, but seriously, it was the best.

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As much fun as Bangkok has been, it’s about time for me to move on. Tomorrow I head up to Northern Thailand to see what’s to do up there. From here one out, I’m going solo. Rob is safely back stateside enjoying the comforts of home, and while I’m a little envious that he gets to change his clothes, I’m looking forward to continuing this journey for a while longer. In the meantime, I want you all to enjoy a big juicy burger for me and love your tap water.

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