Khao San Road. Khao San Road. Khao San Road! Almost every travel blogger I know keeps on telling me to stay somewhere in Khao San Road or in any of its nearby streets. Anyway, it won’t tagged as the ‘backpacker’s mecca’ for nothing.
Based on the pictures I found online, Khao San Road is a lively street full of street foods, shopping items, hostels, drinking places and anything you can possibly think of related to a great night life. It is also said to be a safe place for tourists and it is also a cheaper place to stay at when you’re in Bangkok.
We passed by this popular strip on our first night in Bangkok. We were overwhelmed with the number of tourists and on how cheap the food items are. Our first step in Khao San Road is dedicated for street food eating and fruit shake drinking.
The next night was partly different – but better. We spent the rest of the day exploring Wat Arun and Wat Po. I am also the type of traveler who doesn’t really search to much about a particular destination so that I won’t be disappointed once I’m in that place. I guess exploring Wat Arun while carrying my laptop thru my backpack is not a nice idea after all. Wait… we didn’t even eat our lunch and I only managed to drink one glass of Iced Coffee to keep me energized the whole day. The stairs of Wat Arun are steep and thinking about it now, I wonder how I managed to keep up with the heat and all. When you’re in awe about a certain place, you will just savour the moment – even with an empty stomach.
We went back to the hostel by walking (20-30 minutes) and I didn’t complain much. I just felt how tired I really am when we finally reached the hostel. I guess taking a bath immediately was a big mistake. Right after a few minutes, I felt a bit sick.
I didn’t want to spoil the night by being a spoiled brat. I still went out for dinner despite the fact that I am not so sure if I really want to eat. We figured out that maybe i’m just hungry. Baka nalipasan ng gutom.
But no. I am confused. Jebs or Suka? LOL
While waiting for my noodle soup, Drew bought chopped watermelon from a nearby fruit stall. When we finished the whole pack, I grabbed the plastic immediately and the rest is history (in short, nagsuka ako LOL).
I felt better.
We went back to the hostel to rest a bit. I started playing a number of 90’s hits via YouTube then I stumbled upon this certain video of a guy dancing in the tune of ‘Always (I Wanna Be With You)’ by Erasure. In the Philippines, the all-male dance group named Universal Motion Dancers (UMD) popularized its dance steps. Blame it on the suka (please use Google Translate if needed) for my sudden hyper state. My goal for the night is to dance in the middle of Khao San Road with the same choreography LOL.
Determined to do something crazy that night, I saved the mp3 copy of the song on my phone and we went straight to Khao San Road. I tried playing the song on loud phone speakers while we’re walking, but the noise of Khao San Road is just too loud.
But I am determined to dance in the middle of Khao San Road just for fun. I ain’t drunk. Do I need to get drunk to dance? Not really =P
Since I didn’t enjoy a ‘proper’ dinner early that night, we went to McDonalds to buy a cheeseburger meal. It is also a moment for me to sit down and internalize if I can really do the dare that I imposed to myself.
“We Found Love in a Hopeless Place…”
“Don’t stop, keep on moving, put your drinks up!”
Several dance songs have been played, but I am waiting for the perfect song so I can dance for a few minutes and record it on my camera.
Then woot! MOVES LIKE JAGGER!
The song Moves Like Jagger by Maroon 5 and Christina Aguilera is just like my shadow following me wherever I go. That day alone, I think I’ve heard that song more than five times. Since it is easier to dance with that song, I stood up in one part of Khao San Road, wore sunglasses (at night?! HAHAHA) and viola! I‘ve got the Moves Like Jagger, I’ve Got the Moves Like Jagger! 😛
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Khao San Road is a very crazy place (in a good way). It is also a perfect place where you can show your dance moves even if you’re dancing alone. I really need a dance partner soon! Just dance like nobody’s watching and yes, no need to get drunk, yo!