I moved to Bangkok in 2013, armed only with a high need for change. I needed a change of scenery, food, people, and language but more importantly – a change of location. I had never been to Thailand; not even for a vacation, so I had no idea what was in store for me. All I knew at the time was that it was the furthest destination I could think of where I knew at least one person.
No amount of research or queries can ever adequately prepare you for what Bangkok is. I needed a change, and Bangkok has provided in abundance. Not only had I changed my home address; I also swapped the 9 to 5 grind for the uncertain, yet exciting world of freelance writing.
During my time here in Bangkok, I have met and come to know many different people. People from every corner of the globe and all walks of life. I have listened to their stories and found myself riveted, intrigued and genuinely interested. The stories that captured my attention the most were the ones shared by the women I met. All so very different, and yet, at the same time, a common thread running through all.
Added to that, I found that when you type into Google the words “Bangkok”, “women”, “girl I met” and the like, all the top search results are about prostitutes and go-go girls. All I could think of when seeing this was: “That is not me. That is not the women I know. That is certainly not the only sort of women that is in Bangkok.” I then decided to start a one-woman mission to change that stereotype and general belief that all women in Bangkok are not prostitutes, bar girls or street vendors.
I initially started this blog with the aim of highlighting stories, to share all the highs and lows of the women in Bangkok and to change the stereotype with my readers. However, this blog has morphed into more than that. This blog now represents more than just the women I have met in Bangkok, it now includes all the women I have met during my travels all over South East Asia and the globe. My freelance writing career has given me wonderful opportunities to travel and meet so many wonderful people and amazing women. This is dedicated to all of them.
The title of this blog will remain the same, as it still represents the girl I met in Bangkok. More importantly, I became the woman I am now in Bangkok. I met a girl in Bangkok indeed – I met myself.
I have documented stories through my travels of every story ever told to me by women. We are amazing and natural storytellers. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them. Please feel free to comment, like and share. In fact, I insist that you do, as the women who shared these stories with me, did so with the hope that more people read it and hear them.
Please note, some names and personal details have been altered due to the sensitive nature of the content, or on the request of the storyteller.