My Zen in Bangkok

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So I’ve just got my Australian working holiday visa, which means in a week or so I can finally leave Bangkok. I love South East Asia but honestly after being here for 5 months I feel ready to move on to a different adventure. Honestly, the thought of going to Australia and having to work and move around without really knowing anyone is equal parts scary and exciting – but then I realised something: this is exactly how I felt before I left for SE Asia in the first place, which is exactly why I’m jumping at the chance to go to Australia. I’m ready for a different adventure.

However, while I’ve been waiting for my visa and medical checkup to be processed, I’ve had to stay in Bangkok the whole time, around 2 weeks. Not my ideal place, because I’ve realised I prefer islands and quieter places in general over big cities. However, being stuck here allowed me to reached a point in my travels where I finally take a break from moving around and take some time for myself, to consolidate and reflect (i.e. sort through my pictures and finally start writing my blog again :P).

It’s been nice to do that as lovely as the people at 1989 Hostel are, just being in Bangkok I feel surrounded by the constant rush of people trying to get to places or sell me things or taxis hooting at everyone or the loud noise of motorcycles storming past. There’s always something or someone going on, and after a while it can get a bit much. That’s why I was so excited to find my place of Zen – Benjasiri Park, on Sukhumvit Road.

Honestly, it’s exactly what I was looking for. Just a place not too far away (it’s around the corner in fact!) that I can go to and just really enjoy some peace. (although note I didn’t say quiet – it is on the main road so even at the furthest point away you can still hear the cars. Nothing a decent pair of headphones and some relaxing PianoGuys music can’t fix!)

In fact, it’s even more than that – this wonderful oasis in the middle of the busy city even has a gym area, a skate park, basketball & tennis courts, a lovely track for people to walk or run around, and a lake with a beautiful view for sunset. There are also some lovely pieces of art and monuments to enjoy, and even a Dinosaur Park (almost) next door!

To be honest, there wasn’t much to this post. I just really enjoyed that park and got a chance to test the camera on my new phone, and wanted to share it with you.

Here’s a little video that Google Photos made for me with these pictures. Hope you enjoy 🙂

Sinbad

 

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