It is a series I can watch over and over again. I mean it is just good and so relatable. I love the first seasons in 90’s style. The funny but o so true life lessons, the memorable quotes and the epic big city love stories. The show also got a lot of criticism for being unrealistic. The girls having (the time and money to have) lunch, dinner, cocktails and sex almost every day. For three weeks Bangkok is our playground and I feel like we’re the main characters in our own favorite series. Unrealistic.
‘Single and fabulous explanation point.’
I am wearing the highest heals I have ever worn on a sky-high rooftop bar with exquisite views. My knees are shaking and my heartbeat rises of the height. I feel the energy of the vibrating city underneath me in all my fibres. I feel natural high. The sunset reflects in the mirror like windows of the skyscrapers next to ours. The waitress serves us my favourite cocktail. While she hands it over, I’m wondering if an article on where to get the best Cosmopolitan in Bangkok would have much hits on our blog. Would there be a lot of people searching on Google for ‘best Cosmopolitan Bangkok’? I know I would now. As I take my first zip and taste the liquid fusion of sweet and sour, I can’t help but smile.
Bangkok is huge; we are switching boutique hotels and design hostels every three days. It gives us the opportunity to see every bit of the city. China Town and Bangkok Old City are our absolute favourite area’s. China Town for its Michelin star street food, the old temples, the bargaining, the photogenic labyrinth of small alleys with huge element of surprise and fine down-to-earth bars. The Shanghai Mansion hotel is the final touch to totally indulge into the old China vibe within Bangkok.
‘Some love stories aren’t epic novels. Some are short stories. But that doesn’t make them any less filled with love.’
With Bangkok Old City I fall in love. Time slows down in this area and it is home to the city’s most beautiful temples, palaces and ancient architecture. I walk along the wide avenues and the Chao Phraya riverside, a fresh breeze in my face. The rooftop of our hotel overlooks Wat Arun on one side and Wat Po and The Grand Palace on the other side. The sight of the glittering stones of these historic buildings in the soft light of the golden hour gives me goose bumps. The romance of the old kingdoms history shines through in every part of this area. The low-rise buildings allow you to see as far as your eyes can reach and there are cosy bars, filled with creative locals. Old town has a special, relaxed, artistic vibe you won’t find anywhere else in Bangkok. We find our favourite bar in The Brown Sugar, an old school yet hipster jazz bar. We meet new local friends and expats. Going to work on weekdays, in ever changing offices serving (finally!) great coffee, business meetings, working out, dating, Bangkok is starting to feel a bit like home.
‘Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates and guys are just to have fun with.’
I can’t get bored of our new high life big city rhythm. Stepping in high heals into new hip, chique restaurants. Having wine tastings, oysters, scallops, chocolate lava desserts, being the guests of honour, meeting the Michelin star chefs, waking up in the most comfortable suites with riverside view. It has become a normal yet unbelievable day. In big cities you dream big. And since we go out for dinner together every night in perfect dreamy settings we go on and on. With red bright painted lips and champagne in our hands, we talk and laugh night after night about publishing a book, our next travel plans for the Seychellen, Darjeeling, South-Africa, Cinque Terre, where we want to learn Spanish, how to partner up with our favourite brands an exact date to come home and men it’s always men.
‘After all, seasons change, so do cities; people come into your life and people go. But it’s comforting to know that the ones you love are always in your heart. And if you’re very lucky, a plane ride away.’
Bangkok my big city crush, it was love at first side when I came here with my backpack travelling alone for the very first time, ten (!) years ago. At that time I spend most of my days around Khao San. I’ve seen the city now from a lot of different point of views and I still feel it what I felt that very first day. It’s a rush, an energy of endless possibilities and I know I will be back again.
*All quotes by Carrie Bradshaw (: