The Bangkok Effect: Part 1

There is something so exciting about taking a vacation. You dream about it for months. Time passes quickly. The day is almost here. It’s the night before the flight, you get jittery. You get in a fight with your boyfriend because you are traveling across the world alone.

The plan ride has its ups and downs. There you are standing in an airport, in a foreign town or foreign country. Let the fun begin!

The song plays in your head. All these years, you have sang the song: “One night in Bangkok and…” you don’t even know all the words. But there you are standing in Bangkok. A place you never really wanted to go. A place that you had wished lived on forever in that song, and in that movie. That funny movie with that really hot guy with the nice hair.

But you can’t go back now. All you can do is smile, and play that song on your phone over and over again hoping that it comes true. Just one night. Just one of the twelve nights you are there. Please Lord, just make one night worth the flight across the planet.

“One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster
The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free
You’ll find a God in every golden cloister
And if you’re lucky then the God’s a she
I can feel an angel sliding up to me”
Listen to the song by Murray Head


Lola traveled to Bangkok in November 2015 to see her 23 year old daughter Cherry and meet Hom, her daughter’s Thai boyfriend seen here in a Tooktook.