I’ve come into contact with this place two times now and both times, the place was different. The first time was on an adventure to find a particular mall for Theary where he could do some break-dancing. We ended up stumbling upon it on accident and it was gorgeous at night. Umbrella hung on wires between the buildings and littered the sky. There were all different colors and reminded me of a theme-park decoration. The whole place was illuminated with lights and it was buzzing with people. It was filled with sounds of people chatting, live music, the water falling in the fountain and the commercials from the huge LED screen. As we explored the place, we found Greek statues at every turn and we even found some familiar faces like Superman (in a phone booth) and Spiderman. The shops sold items ranging from hip and trendy clothes to bubble teas. We reluctantly left this place to continue our search for Theary’s mall, but promised to return.
The second time, I returned with my labmates during our lunch break. It was very unexpected and we had to take a song taew off campus to arrive there. During the day, the umbrella looked faded by the sun and the place was void of people. Most of the shops were closed and the only places that were open tended to our stomachs. The little café we had lunch in specialized in noodles and I let my labmate order for me so I could try something new. As usual, everything was delicious. After the lunch, we explored the place, taking pictures with the statues, making funny faces and having a grand ole time. I found rows and rows of international flags that draped some of the pathways and that each "street" As we headed out, we were able to catch a traveling ice cream man! I ate some coconut ice cream on the song taew as we headed back to lab.
One of the best things about Thailand are the experiences you have when you least expect it. I let myself be open to every opportunity that presents itself and I haven’t been disappointed yet. Every day is a new adventure and I couldn’t be more thankful.
Till the next adventure,