As I sit here on my last day in Thailand staring at my packed bags I cannot help but let the memories of the past two years creep into my thoughts. This adventure has reached its culmination but it has imbued a long lasting effect on my life. Between the people I have met, the crystal blue waters that I have swam in, and the children that I have had the pleasure of teaching, my time in Thailand has been nothing but extraordinary.
I absolutely love being in the city but at the same time I crave fresh air. This could be why three of the four Spotlight Bangkok posts have been about embracing the outdoors while still in metropolis.
Featured today is an amalgam of the previous posts as this must-do activity involves a unique restaurant, beautiful city views, and an independent market. In fact it evens adds live music, a bookshop, a furniture showroom, and an art gallery to the lineup. To be succinct, this place has it all.
The market itself is quite small but the sellers seem to be at the height of their game. The product quality outshines even that of the ArtBox Market. Custom leather boots and handbags, hand-sewn clothing, and even vinyl records can be discovered among the items on display. The Jam Factory will also host a farmers’ market occasionally but you just need to keep an eye out for the dates. The same could be said for all other events held at the facility.
Markets are a must do for anyone making the trip to Thailand. In Bangkok alone you can find the world’s largest open-air market at Chatuchak Weekend Market, the beautiful flower market at Pak Khlong Talat, as well as the water-based Talin Chan Floating Market. A common theme among the markets is that many of the items available are marketed specifically for the Thai lifestyle. They are a must see for any tourist but can become a bit stale after you visit one or two. This is where ArtBox comes in; to throw you a curveball for your market journeys. The hipster-est of all hipster markets.
The first Spotlight Bangkok post featured some of the finest food Bangkok has to offer so we are going to get a bit more adventurous with this post.
OK, let’s do some word association. I will give you a word and I want you to say the first thing that comes to your mind. The word is, “Bangkok”.
Reader: “Khao San Road, ladyboys, Soi Cowboy, Chang beer, and buckets.”
Come on now. Thailand’s not just about the party (though it offers plenty of opportunities for one).
Try and think of a word to describe the city you live in; “artistic”, “dirty”, “trendy”, “touristy”, etc. Typically a city covers a specific niche but when it comes to Bangkok nearly any adjective used to describe the city would be appropriate. Roughly double the size of New York City with close to the same population, the only cosmopolitan city in Thailand has the space to facilitate the needs of every city lover. While in the country I have spent almost a full month’s worth of time in Bangkok and have experienced everything from the tourist highlights to the hipster markets visited by only the locals. To celebrate my one year anniversary from when I first set foot in Thailand (and Bangkok) I will be spotlighting some of the city’s strongest gems throughout the month of April.
“What drive me out of bed of bed every morning?”
– Khun Bhanu Inkawat
There is no typo in that quote, that was the first questions posed to the eagerly receptive audience by Khun Bhanu Inkawat at the first ever CreativeMornings event for the newly founded Bangkok chapter. All in attendance were eager to see what inspiration could be found to bring positive change into all aspects of our lives including personal and business relationships. Khun Bhanu proceeded to tell the story of how his passions of fashion and cuisine led him to develop Greyhound Co., Ltd which features a series of clothing shops and experimental cafes. He tempted the gathering to think deeply about what drives them out of bed each morning and I believe witnesses left pleased with what they discovered about themselves.
Even this little dude was ready to defend himself.
I know, I know. It’s been quite awhile since my previous post but after the airline losing my bag, a trip to Pattaya (saving for a later blog post), Songkran, and getting adjusted to this beautiful city it’s been hard to take a breath and write. But now Songkran has passed and I’m finally dry so it’s time to sit back, enjoy a Chang Export and crank out a blog post. Enjoy!
Well, today is the day. I get on a plane this evening and begin my ~30 hour trek to Thailand. It seems that ever since I revealed that I will be moving abroad I have received nothing but praise and support for my decision. Whether it’s been in person, through Facebook, Twitter, or email it’s been tremendous to see so much encouragement. Below you’ll find a Q and A that answers the most common inquiries about my move.
I had to get the first “Rhodes” pun out of the way early.
It’s been nearly 4 years since I finished college and began my venture into the “real world”. From the start I took certain jobs in an effort to pursue some future career goal that I’ve never had a complete grasp on where I was trying to go. The first two years of post-grad life landed me in the college football setting working directly with football teams followed by time spent behind a desk making phone calls (though it was still in sports). After the year and a half of selling tickets it became all too apparent what aspect of my time spent in collegiate athletics I missed the most… the travel.